FILTER: News

19/01/2021: One in four UK young people have felt ‘unable to cope’ in pandemic

Young people are in danger of giving up on their futures and on themselves, with a quarter saying they feel unable to cope with life, one of the UK’s leading charities has said. The Prince’s Trust long-running annual survey of young people’s happiness and confidence returned the worst findings in its 12-year history.

Read: Guardian

18/01/2021: Racism in education: How truth pages helped students fight back (Video)

The killing of George Floyd was a catalyst moment for social justice movements across the world. But after the coronavirus pandemic worsened some of those movements were pushed aside. The result was a wave of call to actions, some more successful than others, enlisting the cooperation of institutions in tackling racism and racial inequality. The BBC’s Lorna Acquah investigates the racism experienced by students in the UK and the US and how the movement snowballed.

Read: BBC

17/01/2021: Rise in suspected child abuse cases after lockdown

The number of reported incidents of children dying or being seriously harmed after suspected abuse or neglect rose by a quarter after England’s first lockdown last year, figures indicate. The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel received 285 serious incident notifications from April to September.
This is an increase of 27% from 225 in the same period the previous year.

Read: BBC

16/01/2021: Child social care review chair promises ‘radical plan’ (Video)

The new chair of the Independent Review into Children’s Social Care in England has been explaining its remit to the BBC. Josh MacAlister said it was positive the review would have “broad terms of reference”, and that it “was not prompted by a crisis”. He said the review would engage with ministers and civil servants to form a plan that “can be implemented, but is radical”.

Read: BBC

16/01/2021: Review of children’s social care system launched

The government has launched an independent review into the children’s care sector in England. It will be lead by a former teacher, Josh MacAlister, who founded the social work charity Frontline in . . . 2013. It will “raise the bar for vulnerable children across the country”, said the Department for Education (DfE). It will look at every area of the care system, from a child’s first referral to social services to outcomes for children leaving care at 18.
BBC

15/01/2021: Government U-turn exempts children from extended custody time limits

Campaigners are celebrating a government U-turn exempting children from extended custody time limits during the coronavirus crisis. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Justice . . . implemented new regulations which extended custody time limits by two months, to address delays in the criminal justice system.
Children and Young People Now

15/01/2021: Care Review: Sector responds to long-awaited announcement amid concerns over appointment of chair

Children’s social care leaders have called on the newly appointed chair of the government’s independent Care Review to ensure care experienced people are “at the heart” of the project. The Department . . . for Education has today launched the long-awaited Care Review promised in the 2019 Conservative Party’s manifesto for the general election. Founder of Frontline social care Josh MacAlister has been named as chair of the review and has pledged to launch a “Experts in Experience” group of hand-picked individuals with experience of the care system.
Children and Young People Now

15/01/2021: Nine in ten female young offenders are victims of abuse, research finds Children and Young People Now

15/01/2021: Frontline chief appointed to lead children’s social care review Community Care

15/01/2021: Why judgment in puberty blockers case should not obscure benefits of transition for some children Community Care

15/01/2021: Children’s social care: ‘wide-ranging’ review launched in England Guardian

14/01/2021: Top tips for online safeguarding during the pandemic Children and Young People Now

13/01/2021: ‘Discriminatory’ mental health system overhauled BBC

13/01/2021: Smacking children may have lasting impact, research suggests Guardian

13/01/2021: ‘Child spies’ bill could face Lords defeat as Tory peers rebel Guardian

13/01/2021: Safeguarding in the Digital Age: Empower young people to talk about online grooming, conference told Children and Young People Now

13/01/2021: More than 100,000 children left homeless during lockdown, LGA warns Children and Young People Now

13/01/2021: How the government proposes to reform the Mental Health Act Community Care

13/01/2021: Long-awaited Mental Health Act overhaul bids to empower patients and tackle racial disparities Community Care

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Education

18/01/2021: Racism in education: How truth pages helped students fight back (Video) BBC
09/01/2021: Surge in pupils at school in lockdown sparks call for limit BBC
08/01/2021: Early years leaders campaign for increased protection to open during lockdown Children and Young People Now
06/01/2021: Disadvantaged pupils offered free data in bid to tackle digital divide Children and Young People Now

Youth Justice

15/01/2021: Government U-turn exempts children from extended custody time limits Children and Young People Now
15/01/2021: Nine in ten female young offenders are victims of abuse, research finds Children and Young People Now
13/01/2021: ‘Child spies’ bill could face Lords defeat as Tory peers rebel Guardian
12/01/2021: The ‘cliff edge’ of turning 18 and disparity of sentences with younger co-defendants Youth Justice Legal Centre

Family

13/01/2021: Smacking children may have lasting impact, research suggests Guardian

 13/01/2021: More than 100,000 children left homeless during lockdown, LGA warns Children and Young People Now

 06/01/2021: Disadvantaged pupils offered free data in bid to tackle digital divide Children and Young People Now

 06/01/2021: Gavin Williamson confirms return of free school meals voucher scheme Children and Young People Now

 

Safeguarding

17/01/2021: Rise in suspected child abuse cases after lockdown BBC
15/01/2021: Care Review: Sector responds to long-awaited announcement amid concerns over appointment of chair Children and Young People Now
15/01/2021: Nine in ten female young offenders are victims of abuse, research finds Children and Young People Now
15/01/2021: Frontline chief appointed to lead children’s social care review Community Care

Technology

14/01/2021: Top tips for online safeguarding during the pandemic Children and Young People Now
13/01/2021: Safeguarding in the Digital Age: Empower young people to talk about online grooming, conference told Children and Young People Now
13/01/2021: TikTok to tackle grooming with safeguards for young users Guardian
12/01/2021: Safeguarding in the digital age: Protection of children from online harms ‘an unmitigated disaster’ Children and Young People Now