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20/06/2022: County lines: Inside the complex battle against drug gangs exploiting children

Police waging the relentless battle against dangerous crime gangs often arrest children for drug dealing. The BBC has been given rare access to a new team of prosecutors who have to decide whether these young suspects are criminals or victims. The choices they face are often complex and controversial.

Read: BBC

20/06/2022: Care Review does not go far enough to support care leavers, charity claims

The Care Review does not go far enough to support care leavers’ pathway into society or support their mental health, a charity has said. The Care Leavers’ Association (CLA) said that it is “disappointed” with the final recommendations to the government and that it has “missed the opportunity” to dramatically improve the lives of young people in care and care leavers.

Read: Children and Young People Now

20/06/2022: Ofsted proposes grading councils specifically on care leaver support

Ofsted has proposed to introduce a separate inspection grade for councils on the experiences and progress of care leavers, to increase their profile. The inspectorate said it concluded that its current approach of issuing a single judgment for children in care and care leavers “[had] not maximised the profile of care leavers to the extent we had intended”.

Read: Community Care

18/06/2022: Children stressed and self-harming over UK cost of living crisis

The impact of the cost of living crisis on children has led some to start self-harming, a new report by a leading children’s charity has claimed. According to The Childhood Trust, the impact of money worries for British families has caused 47% of children to feel stressed, while 21% of parents said their children smile less because of the financial squeeze.

Read: Guardian

16/06/2022: Demand for Scouts at highest level since WW2

Demand to join the Scouts has reached the highest level since World War Two, according to the organisation behind the movement. The Scout Association said nearly 90,000 young people across the UK are on current waiting lists. They said an “increased zeal” for the outdoors post-pandemic is behind the surge.

Read: BBC

16/06/2022: Increase in children receiving SEN support, DfE figures show

The number of children receiving support in school for special educational needs (SEN) has increased by 77,000 over the last year, new figures from the Department for Education show. The DfE’s report Special educational needs in England looks at the number of children receiving SEN support both with and without education, health and care plans (EHCP) during the 2021/22 academic year.

Read: Children and Young People Now

15/06/2022: Pupils missing school need more help

Children need more support to get them into school full-time, as mental-health problems surge, a report says. Pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are among those currently being let down in England’s schools, the report by children’s commissioner Rachel de Souza says.

Read: BBC

15/06/2022: Latest Research Shows 62% of Schools Have Not Received Cyber-Security Training

We are pleased to announce the launch of a brand new cyber-security report that looks into how well schools are protected throughout England and Wales. In partnership with the Institute of Cyber Security for Society at the University of Kent and supported by Bitdefender, this report provides an up-to-date review around the current state of cyber-security.

Read: South West Grid for Learning

14/06/2022: Instagram launches new parental controls in UK

Instagram owner Meta is launching new parental controls across the platform in the UK on 14 June. They include the option of setting daily time limits of between 15 minutes and 2 hours, after which a black screen appears on the app. Parents can also schedule break times and see any accounts their child reports, and why they did so.

Read: BBC

14/06/2022: Improved mental health for children who play well with peers by age three

Children who learn to play well with their peers by the age of three are likely to enjoy better mental health later in childhood, according to research from the University of Cambridge.

Read: Guardian

13/06/2022: UK childcare costs soar by more than £2,000 in a decade, TUC says

The cost of childcare has soared over the past decade and is now more than £2,000 a year higher than it was in 2010, according to analysis from the Trades Union Congress (TUC). As people in the UK struggle with the cost of living crisis, parents face some of the highest childcare costs among leading economies, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Read: Guardian

13/06/2022: Call for specialist teams to prevent early childhood trauma

Specialist teams offering “vital” support to vulnerable babies and young children affected by trauma are needed to ease the pressure on health and education providers, a charity says.

Read: Children and Young People Now

10/06/2022: Rising number of children on free school meals

The number of children eligible for free school meals has risen in every English region. Figures from January show 22.5% of pupils now qualify, up from 20.8% a year earlier – an increase of 160,000, to 1.9 million – and 13.6% in 2018.

Read: BBC

10/06/2022: NSPCC says child cruelty offences rose by a quarter in a year

The number of child cruelty offences in England jumped by a quarter last year, according to police data collected by the NSPCC. The child protection charity blames the stress many families felt during the pandemic for the rise, and backs recent high-profile calls for earlier help.

Read: BBC

10/06/2022: ‘Why the evidence does not support multi-agency child protection units’

The Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson review’s call for specialist safeguarding units risks exacerbating a “culture of investigation” that has built up over the past decade, says social work academic Andy Bilson.

Read: Community Care

20/06/2022: Care Review does not go far enough to support care leavers, charity claims

The Care Review does not go far enough to support care leavers’ pathway into society or support their mental health, a charity has said. The Care Leavers’ Association (CLA) said that it is “disappointed” with the final recommendations to the government and that it has “missed the opportunity” to dramatically improve the lives of young people in care and care leavers.

Read: Children and Young People Now

20/06/2022: Ofsted proposes grading councils specifically on care leaver support

Ofsted has proposed to introduce a separate inspection grade for councils on the experiences and progress of care leavers, to increase their profile. The inspectorate said it concluded that its current approach of issuing a single judgment for children in care and care leavers “[had] not maximised the profile of care leavers to the extent we had intended”.

Read: Community Care

09/06/2022: ‘Abuse, assaults and big profits’ – children’s homes staff speak out

Children in care have reported being groomed and sexually assaulted in homes run by a firm making huge profits. Multiple employees of Calcot Services for Children say vulnerable young people were failed. BBC News has found it made profits of 36% last year, double that of other big care providers – figures already considered excessive by a watchdog.

Read: BBC

09/06/2022: ‘Abuse, assaults and big profits’ – children’s homes staff speak out

Children in care have reported being groomed and sexually assaulted in homes run by a firm making huge profits. Multiple employees of Calcot Services for Children say vulnerable young people were failed. BBC News has found it made profits of 36% last year, double that of other big care providers – figures already considered excessive by a watchdog.

Read: BBC

08/06/2022: Care Review ‘fails to understand’ IRO role, critics claim

The Care Review has “failed to fully understand” the role of independent reviewing officers (IROs), critics opposed to its recommendation to scrap the position have said.

Read: Children and Young People Now

31/05/2022: Young People’s Views On The Care And Justice Systems

new (30 May 2022) report by Leaders Unlocked and the Young Justice Advisors, a team of young adults aged 18-30 with lived experience of the criminal justice and care systems, explores a number of key themes with the purpose of advocating for change.

Read: Russell Webster

23/05/2022: Care system: Help families before they reach crisis, urges review

Tens of thousands more children could end up in care without radical changes to child protection, a “once-in a generation” review has warned. The review of England’s council-run children’s services says struggling families need early intervention to ensure they do not reach crisis point. The recommendations include phasing out young offender institutions and a drive to recruit more foster parents.

Read: BBC

23/05/2022: Care Review: Early help central to plans for ‘radical reform’ of children’s social care in England

A £2.6bn five-year plan focused on early help for struggling families with a “fundamental shift” from crisis intervention forms the main thread of the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care’s recommendations to government.

Read: Children and Young People Now

23/05/2022: Bounced from home to home, neglected and raped: The story of a teenager’s horrific life in care

Amber, 19, has waived her anonymity to tell her story. From the age of 13 she bounced through the care system, on a journey to ever-greater isolation and abuse, which ended in her being placed in “prison-like” secure accommodation “for her own safety”.

Read: Sky

12/05/2022: ‘Being homeless felt inevitable’: after years in care, I was living in a tent. Who was to blame?

I survived care, criminality and homelessness to become an award-winning journalist – but the system I endured makes such success stories vanishingly rare

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11/05/2022: Councillors across UK back call to make care experience a protected characteristic

A campaign for care experience to become a protected characteristic in law has been backed by 25 councillors who won seats in the recent local elections.

Read: Children and Young People Now

09/05/2022: Stronger safeguards ‘could reduce care leavers’ risk of homelessness’

The government needs to address rising numbers of young care leavers becoming homeless by introducing a series of stronger safeguards, a report warns. A joint briefing published by Just for Kids Law together with New Horizon Youth Centre and Youth Legal says there are simple measures that could be brought in that would tackle the problem of homelessness among care leavers.

Read: Children and Young People Now

09/05/2022: ‘Social workers judged me without knowing me’: tackling the criminalisation of care-experienced girls

Care-experienced women are stubbornly overrepresented in the justice system. Tackling this involves social workers challengeing negative stereotypes of young people and improving support, finds research.

Read: Community Care

09/05/2022: Disrupting The Routes Between Care And Custody For Girls And Women

Girls and women who have been through the care system should be diverted away from custodial sentences into community alternatives wherever possible, says a new (4 May 2022) Nuffield Foundation report. ‘Disrupting the Routes between Care and Custody for Girls and Women’ is authored by Dr Claire Fitzpatrick and Dr Katie Hunter, from the Centre for Child and Family Justice Research at Lancaster University, Dr Julie Shaw, of Liverpool John Moores University, and Dr Jo Staines, of the University of Bristol.

Read: Russell Webster

06/05/2022: Children in care likely to experience multiple social worker changes each year

Children in care are more likely to experience changes in support than have one social worker for a whole year, new research from Barnardo’s shows. The report, From Pillar to Post, documents how many children experience multiple moves between foster homes and children’s homes with frequent changes of school and social workers.

Read: Children and Young People Now

20/05/2022: Sector leaders attend first national youth work and racial justice conference

The conference highlighted successful work carried out by the National Youth Agency (NYA) and Equal Equity over the last two years. Equal Equity works to increase the proportion of black youth workers and youth workers of colour in leadership, management and policy roles.

Read: Children and Young People Now

19/05/2022: ‘I got fed up with my students ending up in prison or dead’: the teacher fighting to end school exclusions

Appalled by the damage of zero-tolerance behaviour policies that see ever more pupils thrown out of class, and often education, Zahra Bei founded a campaign focusing on racial justice.

Read: Guardian

12/05/2022: Playground overhaul needed so disabled children can join the fun, charity says

Disabled children can find themselves excluded from their local playgrounds because of poor design and a lack of consideration of their needs. But now disability equality charity Scope has started a campaign to help parents fighting for change.

Read: BBC

12/05/2022: ‘My boy’s autism was a difference, not a deficit’

Harris Macdonell took his own life after years of not fitting in led to mental health issues. He was 19 when he died in August 2020, but he had been treated in adult psychiatric units where his autism was never properly diagnosed. His mother, Jane, believes he would be alive today if the right help was available.

Read: BBC

09/05/2022: ‘Social workers judged me without knowing me’: tackling the criminalisation of care-experienced girls

Care-experienced women are stubbornly overrepresented in the justice system. Tackling this involves social workers challengeing negative stereotypes of young people and improving support, finds research.

Read: Community Care

09/05/2022: Disrupting The Routes Between Care And Custody For Girls And Women

Girls and women who have been through the care system should be diverted away from custodial sentences into community alternatives wherever possible, says a new (4 May 2022) Nuffield Foundation report. ‘Disrupting the Routes between Care and Custody for Girls and Women’ is authored by Dr Claire Fitzpatrick and Dr Katie Hunter, from the Centre for Child and Family Justice Research at Lancaster University, Dr Julie Shaw, of Liverpool John Moores University, and Dr Jo Staines, of the University of Bristol.

Read: Russell Webster

27/04/2022: Mental health: Call to reform youth support in racialised communities

System wide change is needed to improve mental health support across health and education services within racialised communities, a report is warning.

Read: Children and Young People Now

24/04/2022: Sajid Javid to review gender treatment for children

Health Secretary Sajid Javid is to review what immediate changes can be made to gender treatment services for children in England. This could include changing the law to let the independent Cass review have access to an NHS database of young people who already received treatment. It comes ahead of the review’s report, due later this year.

Read: BBC

16/04/2022: 70% of female teachers have faced misogyny in UK schools, poll shows

Teachers have raised concerns about the influence of “incel” subculture on teenage boys, as a survey revealed that seven in 10 female teachers have been victims of misogyny in school.

Read: Guardian

02/04/2022: Conversion therapy: Ban to go ahead but not cover trans people

The government now says it will ban so-called conversion therapy for gay or bisexual people in England and Wales – but not for transgender people. It comes hours after it had said it would drop plans for the ban entirely.

Read: BBC

01/04/2022: Third of British LGBTQ+ people experience abuse by relatives

Young LGBTQ+ people in the UK are facing a “hidden epidemic” of abuse by close family members based on their sexuality or gender identity, according to a study.

Read: Guardian

31/03/2022: End The Unjust Criminalization Of Female Victims Of Violence

Naomi is one of 18 women who share their stories in a new report from Centre for Women’s Justice, exposing how victims of violence against women and girls (VAWG) are unfairly arrested, prosecuted and convicted for offences arising from their experience of abuse.

Read: Russell Webster

31/03/2022: Overlooked and unsupported: young women and the CJS

This report highlights the interactions between women and the criminal justice system (CJS), finding that they are often overlooked and unsupported and that policy changes are required.

Read: Youth Justice Legal Centre

30/03/2022: Councils to be ‘strongly encouraged’ to appoint SEND social work leads

SEND code of practice would promote role of designated social care officers, tasked with joining up social care and special education needs services, says green paper.

Read: Community Care

29/03/2022: SEND review: Children to receive earlier support in new government plans

Children with special educational needs will receive better help at school from an earlier stage under a new national system, the government says. The Department for Education plans for England include digitising paperwork to help parents receive extra support for their children more quickly.

Read: BBC

28/03/2022: Tip-off plan to expose wife beaters as Priti Patel prepares to announce national register of domestic abusers

Women will be alerted by the police if they buy a house or open a bank account with a convicted domestic abuser. The move will be announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel this week under plans to tackle the growing problem of violence in the home. It will involve the establishment of the first national register of domestic abusers.

Read: Daily Mail

18/02/2022: SmartWater: The forensic spray helping keep women safe

The first person in the UK has been convicted and jailed for domestic abuse after being sprayed with SmartWater – a forensic liquid which shows up under ultraviolet light. The technology is being trialled by police forces in the hope of keeping women safe. The substance stays on skin for up to six weeks and on clothing for much longer and categorically links the perpetrator to the specific batch of water that was sprayed.

Read: Children and Young People Now

02/02/2022: Warning over gaps in support for child victims of domestic abuse

Early intervention experts are calling for improvements in support for young survivors of domestic abuse amid a rise in related child protection referrals. Figures released this week show an eight per cent rise in child protection referrals by police to social services over the last year relating to domestic abuse.

Read: Children and Young People Now

01/02/2022: Record numbers of children affected by domestic abuse leads to call for better recovery support

Police made almost 245,000 referrals to social services for domestic abuse in 2020/21 and we fear this could be the tip of the iceberg

Read: NSPCC

27/01/2022: Understanding Men Who Perpetrate Domestic Abuse

This post briefly summarises research which took place in 2021, by former Interventions Alliance researchers, Kerry Ellis Devitt, David Coley, Matthew Hockley and Jess Lawrence, and with freelance support from Dr Sarah Lewis.

Read: Russell Webster

26/11/2021: Domestic Abuse Perpetrators Need More Than A Criminal Justice Response

The Home Office is currently working on its Domestic Abuse Strategy, which is going to be released in the new year. We are pleased that the Home Office has announced that there will be a perpetrator pillar to the Domestic Abuse Strategy. We have previously set out our specific asks for the strategy in our report: “Building a robust response to perpetrators: recommendations for the new Domestic Abuse Strategy”.

Read: Russell Webster

28/09/2021: Cambridgeshire children to receive book on domestic violence

A book about domestic abuse is being sent to every primary school in Cambridgeshire in the hope of raising awareness of the issue. The Hideaway, by Cambridge writer and illustrator Pam Smy, tells the story of a boy who runs away as he cannot bear to see his mum abused by her partner. County councillor Bryony Goodliffe said the book had a strong message.

Read: BBC

25/07/2021: ‘You’d walk out if your husband hit you – you can’t when it’s your child’

Most parents never have to worry about being attacked by a violent child, but if it happens, they face a dilemma. They can’t just walk out – and they may fear that seeking help will have repercussions for their child. Research suggests the problem is often hidden, and far more common than we imagine.

Read: BBC

21/07/2021: Plan to tackle violence against women and girls to launch

Home Secretary Priti Patel is set to announce the strategy today (21 July) which includes the creation of a police position dedicated to keeping women and girls safe, a new 24/7 rape and sexual assault helpline commissioned by the Ministry of Justice and tougher measures to prevent sexual harrassment in schools and higher education settings.

Read: Children and Young People Now

07/07/2021: Epidemic of violence against women under way in England and Wales

Women and girls are being subjected to an epidemic of violence that requires a “radical and bold” shift in how authorities in England and Wales tackle crimes that disproportionately affect female victims, a police watchdog has warned.

Read: Guardian

07/07/2021: Crime Epidemic Against Women And Girls

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) have today published an interim report of an inspection into how effectively the police engage with women and girls. The report says the police have made vast improvements over the last decade in how they respond to these crimes – but while this progress should continue, fundamental system-wide change is needed, and the police cannot achieve this alone.

Read: Russell Webster

23/05/2021: Experiencing domestic abuse through virtual reality

A film maker has created a virtual reality (VR) film to raise awareness of the impact of domestic abuse on victims. Lucy Baxter, the film’s creator, said she wanted to provide an immersive experience to train those who come into contact with abuse victims. Ms Baxter, director of domestic abuse charity Mental Abuse Matters and a film practice lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast is using Mental Abuse Matters as her PhD subject.

Read: BBC

12/05/2021: What new domestic abuse legislation means for social workers

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021, which became law last month, marks a significant step forwards and should transform our response to domestic abuse, which affected 2.3m people in England and Wales in 2019-20. All social workers should be familiar with the new legislation, but certain aspects of the act are particularly relevant to social care practitioners. Here is an outline of what they are and what they mean.

Read: Community Care

04/05/2021: Threats to Share Intimate Images Now Made Illegal with New Law

Last week the Domestic Abuse Bill received Royal Assent in Parliament marking a huge step forward in protection for victims of domestic abuse and violence . One of the new provisions makes threats to share intimate images a crime with perpetrators facing prison if found guilty. There is also more definition around domestic abuse with non-fatal strangulation being made illegal and the so-called ‘rough sex’ defence outlawed. Until now, the sharing of intimate images without consent was illegal, the threat to share was not included yet carried serious impact for victims.

Read: South West Grid for Learning

29/04/2021: Domestic Abuse Bill: Key measures for children and sector reaction

The Domestic Abuse Bill is set to become law, recognising children as victims of domestic abuse for the first time. The Bill, which will apply in England and Wales, today (29 April) received Royal Assent, meaning it will become law, after Lords backed down in a row over the monitoring of stalkers and abusers.

Read: Children and Young People Now

20/06/2022: County lines: Inside the complex battle against drug gangs exploiting children

Police waging the relentless battle against dangerous crime gangs often arrest children for drug dealing. The BBC has been given rare access to a new team of prosecutors who have to decide whether these young suspects are criminals or victims. The choices they face are often complex and controversial.

Read: BBC

09/06/2022: Smoking age of sale should keep rising forever

The age at which people can buy tobacco and cigarettes in England should be raised year by year so that eventually no-one can buy them, a review says. The call has been made in an independent report by ex-charity boss Javed Khan asked for by ministers. Under the plan the age of sale would rise from 18 by one year every year so the children of today will never be allowed to buy tobacco.

Read: BBC

20/05/2022: County lines: how can teachers help?

The government has pledged to tackle the problem of county lines drug gangs, but targeting existing gangs won’t be enough, experts warn. Instead, we need early intervention, and teachers have a crucial role to play, finds Kate Parker

Read: Times Education Supplement

03/03/2022: Zero-tolerance drug policies stop UK students seeking help, report says

Zero-tolerance drug policies at universities can do more harm than good and discourage troubled students from seeking help, a report by a UK thinktank has concluded. The report from the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) highlights surveys that suggest just three in 10 students would be confident to disclose information regarding their drug use, or abuse, to their institution without fear of punishment.

Read: Guardian

04/02/2022: Young People In Drug & Alcohol Treatment 2022

Last week (27 January 2022) the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities published its annual statistics on young people’s substance misuse treatment for the financial year 2020/21. As in all areas of life, the impact of the pandemic was clear. In particular, school closures and reduced face-to-face contact across all children and young people’s services meant there were fewer opportunities for young people to be referred to substance misuse services.

Read: Russell Webster

20/01/2022: UK pupils taught about alcohol with ‘misleading’ industry-funded resources

Schools are using “misleading and biased” information materials funded by the alcohol industry to educate pupils as young as nine about drinking, according to a study. Teachers in thousands of UK schools employ lesson plans, factsheets and films produced by bodies with close ties to the drinks trade even though they “portray alcohol as a normal consumer product to impressionable young minds”, the researchers found.

Read: Guardian

11/01/2022: Fighting the darknet drug dealers who keep coming back

Claire Campbell’s 16-year-old son, Luke, died after taking ecstasy bought by friends on the darknet – a part of the internet that can only be accessed with special software. One of the biggest illegal marketplaces on there, Torrez, went offline last month after two years of selling Class A drugs, counterfeit cash and hacking tools. But one darknet drug dealer has told the BBC that law enforcement face an “impossible task” trying to close down such sites.

Read: BBC

05/01/2022: Pilot scheme bids to scrap criminal sentences for young people caught with cannabis

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is looking to trial the scrapping of criminal sentences for young people caught in possession of cannabis to divert them away from the criminal justice system. The trial is being developed for three out of London’s 32 boroughs and would only apply to young people aged between 18 to 24 caught in possession of a small amount of cannabis.

Read: Children and Young People Now

23/12/2021: A Generational Shift In The Demand For Drugs?

Drugs prevention or demand reduction are typically the most difficult to attain objectives in any drug strategy and many commentators argue that it is not possible for government to control their citizens’ demand for drugs – particularly within a global economy with drugs easily available for purchase in a wide variety of ways. Nonetheless, most governments seem compelled to try and much of the media coverage leading up to the publication of the strategy was about how the government intended to reduce demand for “hard” drugs among middle class users by rescinding passports for those found in possession of Class A substances.

Read: Russell Webster

09/12/2021: County lines: ‘this parent-blaming response does nothing to protect exploited children’

One minute, they’re spinning between the normal routines of family life: work, mealtimes, homework, lifts to clubs and sports events, days out. The next, they’re catching first glimpses of red flags that quickly mushroom – suddenly the parents’ full-time function is finding and questioning strange items, behaviours and actions.

Read: Community Care

09/12/2021: Concern over increase in county lines grooming during pandemic

Almost half of parents and carers say the risk of children being exploited by drug gangs in their local area has increased during the pandemic, according to The Children’s Society. Some 46 per cent of parents, foster parents and legal guardians surveyed by the charity said they think the risk of children being criminally exploited has increased in their locality since March last year when Covid-19 restrictions were first introduced.

Read: Children and Young People Now

06/12/2021: County lines: Government pledges to dismantle 2,000 gangs in drug policy overhaul

The government is pledging to dismantle 2,000 county lines gangs as part of a drugs policy overhaul. The £300m commitment is one proposal in the new 10-year drug strategy for England and Wales. Policing minister Kit Malthouse said the total funding would be £900m over three years, including major investments in treatment.

Read: BBC

06/12/2021: Boris Johnson’s new 10-year drugs plan promises to close down 2,000 ‘county lines’ supplies

As part of a 10-year plan for tackling drugs crime and taking on the “kingpins” behind supplies, the PM is warning criminals they will have “nowhere to hide”. And he is also pledging the largest-ever increase in investment in treatment and recovery for addicts.

Read: Sky

02/12/2021: Crime ‘hotspot’ schools to get county line gang support

The Department for Education has announced that schools in crime “hotspots” across the country at risk of violence and involvement in county lines gangs will be offered targeted support to boost pupils’ attendance and prevent exclusions.

Read: Times Education Supplement

04/11/2021: Overlooked – The Families Of People Who Drink, Use Drugs And Gamble

On Tuesday (2 November 2021) Adfam published new research entitled “Overlooked” about the 5.5 million people who are the families and friends of people who drink, use drugs and gamble, basically about one in ten of us. The research is based on a public survey of 2061 adults undertaken by YouGov. Adfam asks how a problem that affects millions of people, and for so long, remains so hidden. The report also contains recommendations to improve the current situation. Below I share the key findings from the report.

Read: Russell Webster

16/06/2022: Increase in children receiving SEN support, DfE figures show

The number of children receiving support in school for special educational needs (SEN) has increased by 77,000 over the last year, new figures from the Department for Education show. The DfE’s report Special educational needs in England looks at the number of children receiving SEN support both with and without education, health and care plans (EHCP) during the 2021/22 academic year.

Read: Children and Young People Now

15/06/2022: Pupils missing school need more help

Children need more support to get them into school full-time, as mental-health problems surge, a report says. Pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are among those currently being let down in England’s schools, the report by children’s commissioner Rachel de Souza says.

Read: BBC

15/06/2022: Latest Research Shows 62% of Schools Have Not Received Cyber-Security Training

We are pleased to announce the launch of a brand new cyber-security report that looks into how well schools are protected throughout England and Wales. In partnership with the Institute of Cyber Security for Society at the University of Kent and supported by Bitdefender, this report provides an up-to-date review around the current state of cyber-security.

Read: South West Grid for Learning

09/06/2022: University students are far lonelier than other adults – study

Almost one in four students are lonely most or all of the time, according to new research. That is four times worse than the one in 20 adults who said they were similarly lonely in the most recent data for the general population. The findings on student wellbeing are part of a wider snapshot of experiences of being at university in the UK.

Read: BBC

07/06/2022: Fines for parents rise as schools try to reach absent kids

Parents in England are being hit with an increasing number of fines as schools try to encourage children to stop missing school. The number of non-attendance fines being handed out dropped off during the pandemic, as self-isolation rules and lockdowns led to millions of children learning at home.

Read: BBC

19/05/2022: ‘I got fed up with my students ending up in prison or dead’: the teacher fighting to end school exclusions

Appalled by the damage of zero-tolerance behaviour policies that see ever more pupils thrown out of class, and often education, Zahra Bei founded a campaign focusing on racial justice.

Read: Guardian

18/05/2022: Concern over young children’s development after lockdowns

The proportion of reception age children developing as expected academically, emotionally and in their communication has dropped markedly following Covid-19 lockdowns, new research shows.

Read: Children and Young People Now

13/05/2022: Children’s minister reveals plans to consult on relaxation of childcare ratios

The government will consult on relaxing childcare ratios for two-year-olds to bring England in line with Scotland before the summer, the children’s minister has announced.

Read: Children and Young People Now

12/05/2022: Surge in number of children with EHCPs

The total number of children with education, health and care plans (EHCPs) has increased by more than 40,000 over the last year, latest figures from the Department for Education show.

Read: Children and Young People Now

12/05/2022: Government announces extra £7m to train school mental health leads

A multi-million pound extension for the training of school mental health leads had been announced by the government. A further £7 million has been added to the scheme to mark Mental Health Awareness Week (9 to 11 May).

Read: Children and Young People Now

11/05/2022: Our flagship conference shines a spotlight on peer-on-peer sexual abuse as reports increase significantly

Reports to our Helpline about young people experiencing harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) increased significantly last year after an unheard-of number spoke out publicly about abuse in and around schools.

Read: NSPCC

10/05/2022: Queen’s Speech: Prince Charles announces introduction of Schools Bill

Education reforms including a crackdown on absences and new rules allowing councils to run multi-academy trusts are among key priorities for the government unveiled by the Prince of Wales at the state opening of parliament.

Read: Children and Young People Now

09/05/2022: Ofsted to get new powers to tackle illegal unregistered schools in England

New legislation would give the schools regulator powers to crack down on unregistered schools operating illegally in England, ministers say. The government says its Schools Bill will also introduce compulsory registers so children not receiving a full education can be identified. Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said the bill would ensure “every child has access to an education they deserve”.

Read: BBC

05/05/2022: Scores of safeguarding complaints at after-school clubs

Dozens of allegations of safeguarding failures in after-school clubs – including assaults, neglect and sexual abuse – have been uncovered by BBC News. More than 80 referrals have been made about clubs in school grounds in the past five years, according to information requests.

Read: BBC

03/05/2022: Sexual harassment among primary school pupils prompts call for ‘proactive’ RSE

An increase in “distressing” reports about sexual harassment among primary school pupils has prompted calls for “proactive” relationships and sex education (RSE) for younger children.

Read: Children and Young People Now

18/06/2022: Children stressed and self-harming over UK cost of living crisis

The impact of the cost of living crisis on children has led some to start self-harming, a new report by a leading children’s charity has claimed. According to The Childhood Trust, the impact of money worries for British families has caused 47% of children to feel stressed, while 21% of parents said their children smile less because of the financial squeeze.

Read: Guardian

16/06/2022: Demand for Scouts at highest level since WW2

Demand to join the Scouts has reached the highest level since World War Two, according to the organisation behind the movement. The Scout Association said nearly 90,000 young people across the UK are on current waiting lists. They said an “increased zeal” for the outdoors post-pandemic is behind the surge.

Read: BBC

15/06/2022: Pupils missing school need more help

Children need more support to get them into school full-time, as mental-health problems surge, a report says. Pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are among those currently being let down in England’s schools, the report by children’s commissioner Rachel de Souza says.

Read: BBC

14/06/2022: Improved mental health for children who play well with peers by age three

Children who learn to play well with their peers by the age of three are likely to enjoy better mental health later in childhood, according to research from the University of Cambridge.

Read: Guardian

10/06/2022: Rising number of children on free school meals

The number of children eligible for free school meals has risen in every English region. Figures from January show 22.5% of pupils now qualify, up from 20.8% a year earlier – an increase of 160,000, to 1.9 million – and 13.6% in 2018.

Read: BBC

09/06/2022: Smoking age of sale should keep rising forever

The age at which people can buy tobacco and cigarettes in England should be raised year by year so that eventually no-one can buy them, a review says. The call has been made in an independent report by ex-charity boss Javed Khan asked for by ministers. Under the plan the age of sale would rise from 18 by one year every year so the children of today will never be allowed to buy tobacco.

Read: BBC

09/06/2022: University students are far lonelier than other adults – study

Almost one in four students are lonely most or all of the time, according to new research. That is four times worse than the one in 20 adults who said they were similarly lonely in the most recent data for the general population. The findings on student wellbeing are part of a wider snapshot of experiences of being at university in the UK.

Read: BBC

08/06/2022: Disadvantaged children under YOTs ‘least likely’ to access employment schemes

The most disadvantaged young people involved with youth offending services, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), are least likely to be supported through education and employment, new research has found.

Read: Children and Young People Now

01/06/2022: Disadvantaged children’s life chances blighted by Covid-19 and cost of living crisis

The likelihood of improving social mobility for disadvantaged school-aged children is bleak, a major new report looking at the impact of Covid-19 and the cost of living crisis has warned.

Read: Children and Young People Now

30/05/2022: Young people from workless households more likely to be unemployed, ONS data shows

Young people from workless households are significantly more at risk of being out of education and employment themselves, latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows.

Read: Children and Young People Now

23/05/2022: Record 420,000 children are now being treated by the NHS for mental health problems every month, figures show

A record number of children are now being treated for mental health problems on the NHS, according to figures. Latest NHS figures reveal 420,000 under-18s were either undergoing treatment or waiting to start in February.

Read: Daily Mail

19/05/2022: Eating disorder hospital cases up 84% in five years in England

Too many young people have died from eating disorders when their lives could have been saved with early treatment and help, psychiatrists say. New guidance, for all healthcare professionals across the UK sets out how to spot the signs of those at risk and how to best care for them. Hospital admissions for people with eating disorders have risen by 84% over the past five years in England.

Read: BBC

18/05/2022: Concern over young children’s development after lockdowns

The proportion of reception age children developing as expected academically, emotionally and in their communication has dropped markedly following Covid-19 lockdowns, new research shows.

Read: Children and Young People Now

18/05/2022: Younger children most affected by Covid lockdowns, new research finds

The youngest children have been most affected by lockdowns and closures during the Covid pandemic, with new research finding that the educational progress and social development of four- and five-year-olds suffered severely during their first year at school.

Read: Guardian

16/05/2022: Children’s activity levels have not recovered after end of Covid restrictions – study

Children have become more sedentary and their physical activity levels have deteriorated in the wake of the pandemic even after the lifting of restrictions, a study suggests. Researchers said child physical activity levels fell below national guidelines during the Covid-19 crisis and did not recover when lockdowns ended.

Read: Guardian

18/04/2022: Children coming across far-right material when researching, teachers say

Children are accidentally coming across far-right material online while innocently carrying out research for school projects, a teachers’ conference has heard. Delegates debating the influence of the far right in schools heard that children’s access to social media and smartphones means they are more at risk of being exposed to extremist material than ever before.

Read: Guardian

14/03/2022: Boy, 15, charged with terrorism offences, Met Police says

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with terrorism offences following an arrest made by the Met Police’s Counter Terrorism Command. The boy was charged on 13 March with two offences under Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

Read: Sky

03/01/2022: Glorification of Plymouth shooter by ‘incels’ prompts calls for action

The man who gunned down seven people, killing five, in a rampage in Plymouth is being lionised by an online “incel” community, with some ironically venerating him as a “saint” and celebrating the attack as an aid to their recruitment drive.

Read: Guardian

01/12/2021: Warning issued to parents after ‘extremely concerning’ rise in number of children arrested for far-right terrorism offences

Counter-terror police are warning all parents to be vigilant as figures show a rise in the number of children being arrested for far-right terrorism offences. Police say lockdown created a “perfect storm” for teenagers to become radicalised by the far right. They describe an increase in the number of children being arrested as “extremely concerning”, adding that “the age range is getting younger”.

Read: Sky

19/11/2021: Extremists using online gaming and Covid conspiracies to recruit youngsters

Rightwing extremists are using Covid controversies and online gaming as a way of recruiting young people, as data shows half of the most serious cases of suspected radicalisation reported by schools and colleges now involve far-right activity. Figures published by the Home Office show twice as many young people in education in England and Wales last year were thought to be at risk of radicalisation by the extreme right-wing, compared with those at risk from Islamic extremists.

Read: Guardian

23/09/2021: Extremists using video-game chats to spread hate

Extremists are using mainstream video games and gaming chat platforms to spread hate, BBC Click has found. Over three months, researchers found anti-Semitism, racism and homophobia on platforms, including DLive and Odysee, where users stream and chat about games such as Call of Duty and Minecraft. Campaigners say including extremist narratives among everyday conversations can be a pathway to radicalisation.

Read: BBC

20/09/2021: The Role Of The Internet In Radicalising Extremists

The MoJ has just (16 September 2021) published new research “Exploring the role of the Internet in radicalisation and offending of convicted extremists.” Authored by Jonathan Kenyon, Jens Binder and Christopher Baker-Beall, the aim of the study was to establish the role of the Internet in radicalisation processes and offending of those convicted of extremist offences in England and Wales by comparing radicalisation pathways across 3 groups: those who primarily radicalised online; those who primarily radicalised offline; and those radicalised through both online and offline influences.

Read: Russell Webster

14/09/2021: Children forming ‘new generation of extremists’ in UK as terror threat shifts, Cressida Dick warns

Britain’s most senior police officer has warned of a “new generation of extremists” as increasing numbers of children are drawn into terrorist activity. Dame Cressida Dick, commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, told an international summit that children now make up 13 per cent of terror suspects arrested in the UK after the figure tripled in a year.

Read: Independent

20/08/2021: Teachers in England encouraged to tackle ‘incel’ movement in the classroom

Teachers can help counteract the rise of the “incel” movement and the dangers of misogyny with school lessons on respect for women and healthy relationships, ministers believe. A government source said that Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, expects teachers to be able to tackle the risks from incel culture through the relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) curriculum within schools.

Read: Guardian

09/08/2021: Up to 70% of people referred to Prevent may have mental health issues

Up to seven in 10 people referred to the official scheme intended to stop people becoming terrorists may suffer from mental ill health or other vulnerabilities that could leave them prone to falling for propaganda from violent extremists.

Read: Guardian

03/07/2021: Facebook tests extremist content warning messages

Facebook is testing a feature in the US that asks users if they are worried somebody they know is becoming an extremist. Other users may also receive an alert saying they may have been exposed to extremist content. The trial messages are part of Facebook’s Redirect Initiative which aims to combat extremism. The pop-ups redirect users to a support page.

Read: BBC

02/07/2021: Most social workers ‘lack confidence’ in working with children at risk of radicalisation, finds DfE report

Study identifies challenges in identifying and addressing radicalisation because of practitioners’ lack of experience, and calls for more training and guidance and moots expansion of specialist roles. Most social workers lack confidence in working with children at risk of radicalisation because of their lack of experience, according to a report commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE).

Read: Community Care

28/06/2021: Muslim boy, 11, who told his class he wanted to give ‘alms’ to the needy is reported to anti-terror watchdog after his teacher thought he said ‘arms’

An 11-year-old Muslim schoolboy who told his class that he wanted to give charity to the needy was referred to controversial anti-terrorism watchdog Prevent after his teacher mistook the word ‘alms’ for ‘arms’. A legal challenge lodged by the parents against the school states that his teacher had asked the class what they would do if they inherited a large sum of money.

Read: Daily Mail

28/06/2021: Schoolboy set up far-right chat group and encouraged terrorist attacks, court hears

A 14-year-old schoolboy from Derbyshire set up a far-right chat group which encouraged fellow teenagers to launch terrorist attacks, a court has heard. The youth, who cannot be named because of his age, set up and managed the channel on messaging app Telegram. The channel was said to be of an extreme right-wing and “openly racist nature” and the youth boasted online that his criminal record would be cleared when he reached 18.

Read: Sky

22/03/2021: Neo-Nazi group targeting children as young as 14 during coronavirus lockdown

An international neo-Nazi group is targeting British teenagers as young as 14 for recruitment during the coronavirus lockdown, a report has found, as record numbers of children are arrested for terrorism offences. The National Partisan Movement (NPM) runs online channels where members “regularly express antisemitism, Holocaust denial and support for mass murderers”.

Read: Independent

10/06/2022: NSPCC says child cruelty offences rose by a quarter in a year

The number of child cruelty offences in England jumped by a quarter last year, according to police data collected by the NSPCC. The child protection charity blames the stress many families felt during the pandemic for the rise, and backs recent high-profile calls for earlier help.

Read: BBC

10/06/2022: ‘Why the evidence does not support multi-agency child protection units’

The Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson review’s call for specialist safeguarding units risks exacerbating a “culture of investigation” that has built up over the past decade, says social work academic Andy Bilson.

Read: Community Care

06/06/2022: Digital fingerprints of a million child abuse images made

Digital fingerprints of a million images of child sexual abuse have been created, the Internet Watch Foundation has said. The UK charity, which is responsible for finding and removing such material online, said the fingerprints, known as hashes, would help companies and police find copies of the images. It is hoped that by doing this, the reuse of the images can be prevented.

Read: BBC

28/05/2022: Star Hobson: Why do these child deaths keep happening?

“Why didn’t they listen to us?”… Nearly two years after Star Hobson was murdered by her mother’s girlfriend, the toddler’s aunt and step-great grandfather still have so many questions. Sitting on their sofa, I look up at the photos of Star – with her large blue eyes – on the walls and the mantelpiece.

Read: BBC

27/05/2022: Twenty per cent rise in children’s social workers quitting sector last year, suggest government figures

DfE analysis finds one in 12 children’s social workers appear to have quit local authority practice in year to September 2021, as report for care review highlights poor working conditions

Read: Community Care

26/05/2022: Star Hobson: Review into toddler’s death frustrating, family says

The family of murdered Star Hobson say the findings of a review into her death have left them “angry and frustrated”. Star’s mother Frankie Smith and her partner Savannah Brockhill were jailed for their roles in the toddler’s death. The report found professionals accepted the couple’s explanations for Star’s injuries too readily and failed to properly investigate family concerns.

Read: BBC

26/05/2022: Review recommends expert child protection units in wake of Star and Arthur deaths

The development of an expert child protection unit in every local area has been recommended in response to the deaths of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson.

Read: Children and Young People Now

23/05/2022: Care system: Help families before they reach crisis, urges review

Tens of thousands more children could end up in care without radical changes to child protection, a “once-in a generation” review has warned. The review of England’s council-run children’s services says struggling families need early intervention to ensure they do not reach crisis point. The recommendations include phasing out young offender institutions and a drive to recruit more foster parents.

Read: BBC

20/05/2022: ‘Why only specialist child protection teams will tackle the annual child death toll’

Child protection will only improve if we enhance the core analytical and investigative skills the role requires – which is why the social care review should recommend the creation of specialist teams, writes Sir Alan Wood.

Read: Community Care

20/05/2022: Revenge Porn Helpline Report Launch – Cases and Trends Seen in 2021

Today the Revenge Porn Helpline, run by SWGfL and the UK Safer Internet Centre have launched their 2021 report showing the trends and issues that were prominent throughout the year. The report found that cases increased by over 40% between 2020 and 2021, rising from 3,146 cases to 4,406.

Read: South West Grid for Learning

12/05/2022: New European proposals show ‘welcome determination to front up to criminals’ abusing and exploiting children online

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) says new European proposals to combat child sexual abuse online show a “welcome determination to front up to criminals” who have made Europe the “destination of choice” for hosting this content. On May 11, the European Commission announced its new European strategy for laying down rules to prevent and combat child sexual abuse.

Read: Internet Watch Foundation

11/05/2022: Rise in reports of children abusing other children

The number of calls to a children’s helpline about harmful sexual behaviour between young people increased by 29% over the last year. The NSPCC received 2,365 calls and staff made almost 600 referrals to external agencies, including the police and social services. The charity says the relationship and sex education curriculum in schools needs to be properly resourced.

Read: BBC

09/05/2022: Stronger safeguards ‘could reduce care leavers’ risk of homelessness’

The government needs to address rising numbers of young care leavers becoming homeless by introducing a series of stronger safeguards, a report warns. A joint briefing published by Just for Kids Law together with New Horizon Youth Centre and Youth Legal says there are simple measures that could be brought in that would tackle the problem of homelessness among care leavers.

Read: Children and Young People Now

09/05/2022: UK must protect child influencers from exploitation, MPs say

The government must introduce legislation to protect child social media influencers from exploitation, investigate adult pay standards in the industry and do more to force influencers to flag paid-for content, according to MPs.

Read: Guardian

05/05/2022: Scores of safeguarding complaints at after-school clubs

Dozens of allegations of safeguarding failures in after-school clubs – including assaults, neglect and sexual abuse – have been uncovered by BBC News. More than 80 referrals have been made about clubs in school grounds in the past five years, according to information requests.

Read: BBC

15/06/2022: Latest Research Shows 62% of Schools Have Not Received Cyber-Security Training

We are pleased to announce the launch of a brand new cyber-security report that looks into how well schools are protected throughout England and Wales. In partnership with the Institute of Cyber Security for Society at the University of Kent and supported by Bitdefender, this report provides an up-to-date review around the current state of cyber-security.

Read: South West Grid for Learning

14/06/2022: Instagram launches new parental controls in UK

Instagram owner Meta is launching new parental controls across the platform in the UK on 14 June. They include the option of setting daily time limits of between 15 minutes and 2 hours, after which a black screen appears on the app. Parents can also schedule break times and see any accounts their child reports, and why they did so.

Read: BBC

06/06/2022: Digital fingerprints of a million child abuse images made

Digital fingerprints of a million images of child sexual abuse have been created, the Internet Watch Foundation has said. The UK charity, which is responsible for finding and removing such material online, said the fingerprints, known as hashes, would help companies and police find copies of the images. It is hoped that by doing this, the reuse of the images can be prevented.

Read: BBC

31/05/2022: Digital safety platform launched to protect young children online

An interactive online safety programme teaching primary school children about cyberbullying, online grooming and how to keep their personal information secure has been launched by online safety experts, Internet Matters.

Read: Children and Young People Now

30/05/2022: Skin Gambling – A Guide for Professionals, Parents and Carers

In more recent years, skin gambling has become an increasingly popular way for people to play games with one another. Unlike standard play, Skin Gambling is a way for online players to bet between one another, usually involving in-game currencies called skins, but has extended to include vast amounts of real world currency as well. Below we explore Skin Gambling and some considerations for professionals, as well as parents and carers.

Read: South West Grid for Learning

20/05/2022: Revenge Porn Helpline Report Launch – Cases and Trends Seen in 2021

Today the Revenge Porn Helpline, run by SWGfL and the UK Safer Internet Centre have launched their 2021 report showing the trends and issues that were prominent throughout the year. The report found that cases increased by over 40% between 2020 and 2021, rising from 3,146 cases to 4,406.

Read: South West Grid for Learning

12/05/2022: New European proposals show ‘welcome determination to front up to criminals’ abusing and exploiting children online

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) says new European proposals to combat child sexual abuse online show a “welcome determination to front up to criminals” who have made Europe the “destination of choice” for hosting this content. On May 11, the European Commission announced its new European strategy for laying down rules to prevent and combat child sexual abuse.

Read: Internet Watch Foundation

09/05/2022: UK must protect child influencers from exploitation, MPs say

The government must introduce legislation to protect child social media influencers from exploitation, investigate adult pay standards in the industry and do more to force influencers to flag paid-for content, according to MPs.

Read: Guardian

05/05/2022: YouTube Kids shows videos promoting drug culture and firearms to toddlers

YouTube is showing videos that promote skin-bleaching, weight loss, drug culture and firearms to children as young as two, a new investigation of the company’s “Kids” app has found.

Read: Guardian

03/05/2022: SWGfL partners with Dialogue to support residential care online safety leads

We are proud to share that we have partnered with Dialogue to provide quarterly workshops for online safety leads who want to support the digital wellbeing and online safety of children in residential care and supported accommodation.

Read: South West Grid for Learning

26/04/2022: Europe remains ‘global hub’ for hosting of online child sexual abuse material

Despite efforts to curb the amount of child sexual abuse material hosted on the continent, Europe remains the ‘destination of choice’ for criminals and predators determined to host criminal content.

Read: Internet Watch Foundation

26/04/2022: Sexual abuse imagery of girls online at record high following pandemic lockdowns

New data published by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) shows girls are at increasing risk online. The Online Safety Bill is a once in a generation chance to offer better protection for children.

Read: Internet Watch Foundation

22/04/2022: Online Age Verification

The online safety bill is enforcing age verification technologies on Pornography Websites, to prevent those who are underage from accessing this content. Here, we take you through this online safety bill measure, age verification challenges, its history and the solutions that are making age verification processes, easier to enforce and manage.

Read: South West Grid for Learning

20/04/2022: Apple to roll out child safety feature that scans messages for nudity to UK iPhones

A safety feature that uses AI technology to scan messages sent to and from children will soon hit British iPhones, Apple has announced. The feature, referred to as “communication safety in Messages”, allows parents to turn on warnings for their children’s iPhones.

Read: Guardian

18/04/2022: Children coming across far-right material when researching, teachers say

Children are accidentally coming across far-right material online while innocently carrying out research for school projects, a teachers’ conference has heard. Delegates debating the influence of the far right in schools heard that children’s access to social media and smartphones means they are more at risk of being exposed to extremist material than ever before.

Read: Guardian

13/06/2022: 449]

Specialist teams offering “vital” support to vulnerable babies and young children affected by trauma are needed to ease the pressure on health and education providers, a charity says.

Read: Children and Young People Now

04/05/2022: 449]

Northamptonshire Police has overhauled how it deals with children in custody by focusing on helping them to tackle trauma in their lives. The trauma-informed custody programme aims to better support children who have been arrested by focusing on understanding the impact of trauma, neglect or abuse.

Read: Children and Young People Now

28/03/2022: 449]

The latest (25 March 2022) Academic Insights published by HM Inspectorate of Probation provides an overview of the concept of Transitional Safeguarding which argues for a more fluid non-binary approach to safeguarding, recognising that the transition to adulthood is a process that continues beyond an 18th birthday, and that many harms and traumas do not stop at this age.

Read: Russell Webster

23/03/2022: 449]

Most deprived areas with greatest needs least likely to have good-quality children’s services, finds paper that challenges previous findings of no link between council spend and performance. Councils that spend more on early help and those with wealthier populations are more likely to receive an outstanding or good Ofsted grade, research has found.

Read: Community Care

11/03/2022: 449]

The Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime is a longitudinal programme of research on pathways into and out of offending for a cohort of around 4,300 young people who started secondary school in Edinburgh in 1998. The latest (8th) report of the study published earlier this week followed-up cohort members at age 35.

Read: Russell Webster

24/02/2022: 449]

A new paper by Dr Anne-Marie Day (@Anne_MarieDay) published in the Youth Justice Journal makes for interesting reading. ‘It’s a Hard Balance to Find’: The Perspectives of Youth Justice Practitioners in England on the Place of ‘Risk’ in an Emerging ‘Child-First’ World” highlights the challenges for youth justice practitioners in how to work with children when there are so many confusing and contradictory narratives coming from central government. It particularly focuses on the confusion between whether practitioners should prioritise the management of risk or adopt a child first approach

Read: Russell Webster

20/01/2022: 449]

Methods used by social workers that focus on supporting children in care who have experienced trauma are failing to meet expectations, a new study suggests. Trauma-informed care (TIC), which considers the abuse and neglect experienced by looked-after children, is widely used in social work and is expected to lead to effective support.

Read: Children and Young People Now

15/12/2021: 449]

Charity Save the Children is calling on ministers to introduce an urgent boost in early intervention funding to prevent further child deaths following the murders of Star Hobson and Arthur Labinjo-Hughes. Dan Paskins, Save the Children’s director of UK impact, says the government needs to “immediately triple early intervention funding to ensure children and families get help when they need it”.

Read: Children and Young People Now

29/11/2021: 449]

An educational training programme to help raise awareness of the effect of trauma on children has been launched in Northern Ireland. The training will give 60,000 education staff the opportunity to improve their understanding of trauma. Education Minister Michelle McIlveen said she was confident the “thought provoking” training would help children achieve their full potential.

Read: BBC

29/11/2021: 449]

The latest report from the probation inspectorate in its Academic Insights series summarises findings from recent research in Manchester which explored adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), serious youth violence (SYV), trauma-informed practice, and youth participation. The children in the study typically had multiple ACEs, and the authors, Paul Gray, Hannah Smithson and Deborah Jump, highlight how knowledge and understanding of these ACEs should be used to co-develop with children, personalised approaches to addressing their involvement in serious youth violence which consider both socio-cultural and psycho-social factors.

Read: Russell Webster

19/11/2021: 449]

More than a million vulnerable children’s life chances are being damaged by a decade of cuts to support services that should be reversed, the House of Lords Public Services Committee has said.

Read: Children and Young People Now

20/08/2021: 449]

In part 2 of her Review of Drugs, Dame Carol Black says we need increased focus on primary prevention and early intervention.

Read: Russell Webster

18/06/2021: 449]

The Duchess of Cambridge has launched the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood in a bid to raise awareness of the importance of the early years. The centre, which has been developed with input from the Anna Freud Centre, will focus on research, working with people across the private, public and voluntary sectors on new solutions and campaigning to raise awareness.

Read: Children and Young People Now

15/04/2021: 449]

Councils in England with above-average rates of looked-after children could save a total of £7bn over the next decade by focusing on early intervention policies that target vulnerable families, according to researchers. The research focuses on the long-term savings that can be achieved through early intervention strategies across four areas, which have a higher than England’s average rate of looked after children, which is 67 per 10,000 children.

Read: Children and Young People Now

26/03/2021: 449]

The majority of children in the youth justice system have been subject to abuse, trauma or poverty, new research shows. The Punishing Abuse report, published by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, raises concerns that “a number of children in the youth justice system are being punished as a consequence of the impact on their behaviours of their early abuse and loss.”

Read: Children and Young People Now

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