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14/11/2019: One in 50 ‘children in need’ are not yet born

Almost one in 50 of those officially classified as “children in need” in England have not yet been born. More than 7,000 of such vulnerable children have been put into this category before their birth, an analysis of government figures shows. The number of “unborn” recorded in the total of vulnerable children has almost trebled in the last eight years. The most common concerns were neglect or abuse – and that children were being born into “dysfunctional families”.

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14/11/2019: Teen Instagrammers open up on mental health chat

Two teenagers have set up an online initiative hoping to persuade more young people to talk openly about mental health. Harry Johnson, 19, from Stoke-on-Trent, and Samuel Starmer, 17, from Congleton, run The Compassion Initiative via social media platforms. Harry, who presents the videos, said setting up the programme had helped to save his life.

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13/11/2019: E-cigarettes may damage blood vessels in the BRAIN, scientists find as they call on countries to BAN the controversial vaping devices

E-cigarettes could damage blood vessels in the brain and countries should consider banning them, scientists have warned. Tests on humans and mice has suggested vaping stiffens the arteries and speeds up the heart, raising blood pressure and risking brain damage. It also produces a chemical which forces a naturally-occurring enzyme in the body to trigger internal tissue damage, German researchers say.

13/11/2019: Thirty years on, has the Children Act changed family life for the better?

The Children Act was a culmination of many years’ preparation following dissatisfaction around children’s legislation. It brought together private and public law affecting children, and reinforced the principle that the welfare of the child must be paramount and their interests separately considered: this critical concept that children are not possessions. They actually have rights of their own.

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13/11/2019: Thirty years on, has the Children Act changed family life for the better?

The Children Act was a culmination of many years’ preparation following dissatisfaction around children’s legislation. It brought together private and public law affecting children, and reinforced the . . . principle that the welfare of the child must be paramount and their interests separately considered: this critical concept that children are not possessions. They actually have rights of their own.
Guardian

13/11/2019: Hundreds of people with autism wrongly being detained in mental health units

Hundreds of people with a learning disability and/or autism (LDA) are being held in mental health units even though they have been identified as no longer needing inpatient care. According to analysis . . . by Sky News of published NHS data, 635 of the 2,250 with an LDA currently detained in one of these units could be moved to community-based care.
Sky

13/11/2019: Food banks: Charity hands out highest-ever number of emergency parcels

More people than ever are being forced to go to food banks, with more than a third of emergency parcels going to children, a charity has warned. The Trussell Trust, which runs a network of food banks . . . across the UK, said it has given out more than 820,000 emergency food parcels in the last six months. Data shows that April to September 2019 was the busiest six-month period in the trust’s network since the charity opened.
Sky

13/11/2019: Kids’ social media app ad banned on health grounds BBC

12/11/2019: Vaping nearly killed me, says British teenager BBC

12/11/2019: Teens in care ‘without food or bedding’ BBC

12/11/2019: Children ‘become less active during primary years’ BBC

12/11/2019: Campaigners call for action on fast-food in deprived areas Children and Young People Now

12/11/2019: Primark security guard who forced teenage shoplifters to perform sex acts convicted of rape Independent

12/11/2019: Anti-Bullying Week 2019: ‘We must listen to those who are bullied’ Times Education Supplement

12/11/2019: Pupils less active ‘in each year of primary school’ Times Education Supplement

11/11/2019: Bullying: Fifth of young people in UK have been victims in past year BBC

11/11/2019: Cancellations of NHS child mental health sessions jump 25% Guardian

11/11/2019: NYA launches youth work bursary fund Children and Young People Now

11/11/2019: Fewer than HALF of UK students support freedom of speech while nearly as many would rather BAN controversial speakers and create ‘safe spaces’ amid growing ‘culture of conformity’ Daily Mail

Education

11/11/2019: NYA launches youth work bursary fund Children and Young People Now
11/11/2019: How can we stop segregating children with SEND? Times Education Supplement
08/11/2019: One in 10 students ‘misses school due to bullying’ Times Education Supplement
07/11/2019: Without school support, anorexic pupils won’t recover Times Education Supplement

Youth Justice

12/11/2019: Primark security guard who forced teenage shoplifters to perform sex acts convicted of rape Independent
10/11/2019: Justice system ‘will break down’ and criminals go unpunished unless next government spends hundreds of millions, union warns Independent
08/11/2019: A day inside the hidden world of youth courts Guardian
07/11/2019: How Scotland’s youth justice system puts welfare at its heart Guardian

Family

14/11/2019: One in 50 ‘children in need’ are not yet born BBC

 13/11/2019: Food banks: Charity hands out highest-ever number of emergency parcels Sky

 07/11/2019: Education Secretary calls for end of unregulated placements for under-16s in care Children and Young People Now

 07/11/2019: Childcare provider costs rocket by 20 per cent Children and Young People Now

 

Safeguarding

14/11/2019: One in 50 ‘children in need’ are not yet born BBC
13/11/2019: Facebook removes 11.6 million child abuse posts BBC
12/11/2019: Primark security guard who forced teenage shoplifters to perform sex acts convicted of rape Independent
07/11/2019: IWF publishes platform-specific data for child sexual abuse imagery Internet Watch Foundation

Technology

14/11/2019: Teen Instagrammers open up on mental health chat BBC
13/11/2019: Facebook removes 11.6 million child abuse posts BBC
13/11/2019: Kids’ social media app ad banned on health grounds BBC
08/11/2019: Should we trust the social-media video app? BBC