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Ending the detention of unsentenced children during the Covid-19 pandemic – A guide for practitioners

Added: 26/05/2020 at 9:17 am Category: Youth Justice

Custody is a damaging environment for children in normal times but it has become even worse since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Severely restricted prison regimes have led to the majority of children being held in prolonged solitary confinement; no face-to-face visits; virtually no education or therapy; and difficulties in contacting families and professionals making planning for court hearings especially problematic.

Young people’s voices on youth court

Added: 20/05/2020 at 9:36 am Category: Crime/ASB, Youth Justice

This briefing paper highlights the experiences of young people in youth courts in their own words. and draws from research conducted for our forthcoming research report, co-authored with the Institute for Crime & Justice Policy Research (ICPR), Time to get it right: Enhancing problem-solving practice in the Youth Court, which is due to be published in early July.

Report Harmful Content Launch Annual Report

Added: 18/05/2020 at 3:07 pm Category: Online Safety

Report Harmful Content has just released its annual report into the findings surrounding harmful content online. This report presents results of mixed-methods research carried out on all cases dealt within the first year of operation (January 2019-December 2019). In the year analysed, the RHC website received 9,282 visitors and practitioners dealt with 164 unique cases. The service’s popularity rapidly increased in September, following the official service launch, and continued to grow until the end of the year.

Vulnerable Young People: COVID-19 Response (April 2020)

Added: 04/05/2020 at 9:30 am Category: Education, Health/Wellbeing

This report highlights the scale and prevalence of young people’s needs that are amplified by the pandemic.
It draws on the latest data and vulnerability framework by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England, with valuable insights from partners and young people from across the youth sector.

Covid-19 and early intervention: Evidence, challenges and risks relating to virtual and digital delivery

Added: 27/04/2020 at 9:45 am Category: Health/Wellbeing, Online Safety

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a global public health crisis that is having and will continue to have a profound impact on every area of life. Many services for children and families will face significant disruption, as a wide range of services – such as parenting classes, home visiting programmes, youth work, counselling services and school-based services – have traditionally been delivered face-to-face.

We’re all in this together?

Added: 27/04/2020 at 10:01 am Category: Drugs, Safeguarding

The Children’s Commissioner’s local area profiles of child vulnerability provide a way for councils to understand which groups of children are likely to be at risk under lockdown, and how many children in their area fall into those groups. It also provides a framework for central government to target additional resources at the areas most in need.

Securing a brighter future: The role of youth services in tackling knife crime

Added: 12/03/2020 at 7:30 am Category: Crime/ASB

Serious violence has doubled, and too many young people are dying on our streets. While enforcement will always be a key part of our response to this epidemic, there is clear evidence that Government investment can achieve better outcomes if it prioritises preventing violence at its roots – such as investment in youth services – than dealing with its consequences.

Roblox checklist

Added: 03/03/2020 at 7:35 am Category: Online Safety

Roblox is an online multiplayer game creation platform. Play online or create your own games and virtual worlds using Roblox Studio. There are a wide variety of games hosted on the site, from racing and role-playing games to simulations and obstacle courses. Roblox has a community made up of players and developers of many ages. There are a number of reporting and parental controls.

TikTok Checklist

Added: 03/03/2020 at 7:37 am Category: Online Safety

The TikTok Checklist provides all the information about the app and how to stay safe

Lives, not Knives: Young People’s perspectives on knife crime

Added: 02/03/2020 at 7:24 am Category: Crime/ASB

New report from Nacro calls for action on youth knife crime crisis as cautions and convictions for carrying knives in England and Wales reach record highs. A new report from social justice charity, Nacro, reveals that young people believe fear is the main reason behind carrying knives, and that tougher penalties and longer prison sentences do not deter young people from carrying knives.

Accessibility Plans as Effective Tools for Inclusion in Schools, Are They Working?

Added: 24/01/2020 at 10:15 am Category: Diversity, Education, Health/Wellbeing

New research project report highlights “shocking impact” on disabled pupils of schools’ failures around Accessibility Plans and equality of access.

Advice to parents and carers on gangs

Added: 17/08/2018 at 9:30 am Category: Crime/ASB

The vast majority of young people are not involved in gangs and want nothing to do with them. However, the behaviour of the small number of young people who are involved has a significant impact on communities, on their families and associates, as well as themselves.This leaflet sets out some information to help parents identify and respond if their children are affected by gangs.

Approaches to preventing and tackling bullying

Added: 22/06/2018 at 8:44 am Category: Bullying, Health/Wellbeing

Qualitative research to understand anti-bullying practices schools have found effective.

These include approaches to tackling bullying generally and more specific types of bullying, for example:
•racial bullying
•special educational needs and disability (SEND) bullying
•lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) bullying

The report contains common themes found throughout the research and 7 case studies. It’s intended to be used as a resource by schools and other stakeholders looking for examples of anti-bullying practices.

Back to School? Breaking the link between school exclusions and knife crime

Added: 28/10/2019 at 8:20 am Category: Crime/ASB, Education

School exclusions have been increasing at an alarming rate. Huge proportions of excluded children have special educational needs and other, often unaddressed, vulnerabilities. In many cases there is literally nowhere for them to go. All children must have access to the high-quality full-time education that gives them the best chances in life, to stay away from harm and go on to achieve their potential. It’s a travesty that so many children are being locked out of education and the opportunities that come with it. Schools have a vital role to play in the effort to prevent and tackle serious youth violence. Excluding a child must be a last resort. But too often we are hearing of schools struggling to find resources to support children and manage their behaviour, or being too hasty to exclude a child for minor misbehaviour.

Becoming Trauma Informed

Added: 06/07/2018 at 12:43 pm Category: Crime/ASB, Safeguarding

Criminal justice professionals have become more aware of the effects of interpersonal violence on the lives of many women and of the impact this has in custodial settings. Jurisdictions need to become “trauma informed” in order to understand and deal with the effects of toxic stress, neglect, and abuse on the physical health, mental health, and management issues of women involved in the criminal justice system. When criminal justice staff members become trauma informed, they develop greater understanding of the typical behaviours that are reactions to authority and confinement, and they gain new skills in responding to these behaviours. Using trauma-informed practices also enhances safety and security in women’s facilities.

Break4Change Programme Toolkit

Added: 01/11/2018 at 1:15 pm Category: Safeguarding

For professionals working with families where young people are violent/abusive towards their parents/carers.

Briefing on key updates to statutory guidance for schools in England – Keeping Children Safe in Education (2018)

Added: 04/09/2018 at 8:56 am Category: Safeguarding

The Department for Education (DfE) has published an updated version of the statutory guidance Keeping children safe in education (2018), which revises and replaces the 2016 guidance. This will come into force for schools in September 2018. It sets out what schools and colleges in England must do to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18.