This week…

16/07/2018: Children as young as 4 to be taught sex consent lessons

Primary school aged children across England will be taught about respecting and enforcing “boundaries” as part of their new relationships class. Meanwhile, secondary school children will study consent and the laws around sexual abuse, grooming, domestic violence and harassment.

Source: Familiesonline.co.uk

15/07/2018: School exclusions ‘put children at risk of gang grooming’

Schools that unofficially exclude children to hide them from exam league tables are fuelling gang violence, the children’s commissioner for England says. Anne Longfield said she has begun an investigation into the practice of taking children “off-roll” without formally excluding them because they are viewed as difficult to manage and may drag down the school’s results.

Source: Guardian

15/07/2018: Schools to teach about consent and grooming in RSE

Teachers will be expected to teach consent, peer pressure and grooming as part of a shakeup of sex education lessons, according to guidance due out for consultation this week. Understanding what consent means, both in terms of giving it and recognising it in others, and the laws around sexual exploitation, abuse, grooming, harassment and domestic abuse will all be subjects included in the new Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) lessons.

Source: Times Education Supplement

14/07/2018: Authors steer boys from toxic masculinity with gentler heroes

Children’s writer Ben Brooks is on a mission to redefine masculinity for young boys. “I want to help boys become better, happier men and open up a debate about what we think of as masculinity. I want to question the idea that it’s weak to be emotionally open, to demonstrate that it’s fine for men to be vulnerable and kind, and to recognise the courage it takes to be different.”

Source: Guardian

14/07/2018: School’s new tactic to foil forced marriages

Most children in Britain are looking forward to the summer holidays – but for some it will be a time of dread. This is a peak time for hundreds of girls, and some boys, to be spirited away and forced into a marriage abroad. One Yorkshire school has come up with an innovative approach to protect its pupils. Students at the Co-operative Academy of Leeds have been encouraged to alert authorities by putting a spoon in their underwear to trigger metal airport detectors.

Source: Guardian

14/07/2018: Here’s a Neet idea: help young people

Some policies are born effete, some achieve effeteness and some have effeteness thrust upon them. The raising of the participation age was a prime example of a laudable piece of policymaking that, thanks to political circumstance, ended up limping through to the statute book in little more than name. Since 2015, all young people have been required to remain in education, employment or training until the age of 18.

Source: Times Education Supplement

13/07/2018: Primary school children ‘asked to send nudes’ online, report shows

Children as young as seven are being asked to undress on webcams according to one of the biggest surveys of pupils and their online habits. Nearly 40,000 children aged seven to 16 were surveyed by educational charity London Grid for Learning and the NSPCC about their online habits, in what is thought to be the largest survey of its kind.

Source: Sky

13/07/2018: Researchers find that filters don’t prevent porn

In a paper entitled Internet Filtering and Adolescent Exposure to Online Sexual Material, Oxford Internet Institute researchers Victoria Nash and Andrew Przybylski found that Internet filters rarely work to keep adolescents away from online porn. “It’s important to consider the efficacy of Internet filtering,” said Dr, Nash. “Internet filtering tools are expensive to develop and maintain, and can easily ‘underblock’ due to the constant development of new ways of sharing content. Additionally, there are concerns about human rights violations – filtering can lead to ‘overblocking’, where young people are not able to access legitimate health and relationship information.”

Source: TechCrunch

13/07/2018: Dark web blamed for Cornwall drugs use increase

A rise in drugs use in Cornwall is probably because of the availability of illegal substances on the dark web, drugs workers in the county have said.
It follows the death last weekend of Shakira Pellow, 15, who collapsed in Camborne after taking an unidentified substance. Three other teenagers were admitted to hospital having taken the same drugs.

Source: BBC

12/07/2018: Spending on pupils drops by eight per cent, says IFS

The amount spent per school pupil in England has dropped by eight per cent since 2009/10, research has found. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) research looked at total school spending per pupil between 2009/10 and 2017/18 and found there had been an eight per cent cut in real terms.

Source: Children and Young People Now

12/07/2018: Sharp rise in under-19s being treated by NHS mental health services

Almost 400,000 children and young people a year in England are being treated for mental health problems, the highest number ever, NHS figures show. There were a total of 389,727 “active referrals” for people aged 18 or younger in April, a third higher than the same month two years ago, according to the latest statistics published by NHS Digital.

Source: Guardian

12/07/2018: Schools and GPs join forces to scrutinise pupil attendance

Schools and GPs are working together to check parents’ claims that children are too unwell to attend lessons, under a safeguarding system developed by a primary headteacher. The scheme also makes it easier for schools to tell GPs about side-effects they are noticing in children who are taking medication, or for doctors to highlight possible mental health concerns relating to bullied pupils.

Source: Times Education Supplement

12/07/2018: Terrorist taught school pupils to hate non-believers

One of the London Bridge terrorist attackers taught primary school children that non-Muslims were the “worst creatures” and told them it was OK to lie to their parents “in a state of war”. A police counter-terrorism officer said the actions of Khuram Butt at Eton Community School, in Ilford, East London, were suggestive of “grooming type behaviour”.

Source: Times Education Supplement

12/07/2018: Social workers think children’s services thresholds are rising – but directors don’t

Social workers and service directors have told conflicting opinions on rising thresholds for children’s services interventions to an all-party inquiry, which has highlighted the postcode lottery increasingly faced by vulnerable children and families. The inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children (APPGC), the results of which were published this week, found considerable variation across English local authorities in the level of need children have to reach in order to access support.

Source: Community Care

Older news…

10/07/2018: Mental health: Children failed at vulnerable point
Source: BBC

10/07/2018: Staff in children’s services trust worried about level of scrutiny, evaluation finds
Source: Community Care

10/07/2018: 40,000 teens not in education, employment or training
Source: Times Education Supplement

10/07/2018: Give more places to disadvantaged students, watchdog urges universities
Source: Guardian

09/07/2018: School tackling forced marriage with ‘spoon in underwear’
Source: Times Education Supplement

09/07/2018: DfE warns of uphill struggle to secure children’s services funding
Source: Children and Young People Now

09/07/2018: Support unit for family drug and alcohol courts faces closure
Source: Children and Young People Now

09/07/2018: ADCS rejects idea that too much money is spent on care placements
Source: Community Care

07/07/2018: Schools minister: look to pupils for lessons on LGBT+ acceptance
Source: Times Education Supplement

06/07/2018: Social media small print too hard for kids
Source: BBC

06/07/2018: The problem children who are really victims
Source: BBC

06/07/2018: Neglect in older children can go ‘unseen’, professionals warned
Source: Community Care

05/07/2018: New guidelines for ‘revenge porn’ crimes
Source: BBC

05/07/2018: ‘Councils beat academy trusts at boosting failing schools’
Source: BBC

05/07/2018: Revenge porn sentencing guidelines issued to courts for first time
Source: Independent

05/07/2018: ADCS conference: ‘No fat left to trim’ from children’s services, Gallimore warns
Source: Children and Young People Now

05/07/2018: Stronger laws needed to send home-educated children back to school, says ADCS
Source: Children and Young People Now

05/07/2018: Older children suffering neglect ‘slipping through the cracks’
Source: Children and Young People Now

05/07/2018: Lords approve draft Social Work England regulations despite concerns about amount of government control
Source: Community Care

05/07/2018: Revised guidance published: Working together to safeguard children 2018
Source: NSPCC

04/07/2018: Government tells councils to replace LSCBs by September 2019
Source: Children and Young People Now

04/07/2018: Two million children ‘at serious risk’, children’s commissioner finds
Source: Children and Young People Now

04/07/2018: ‘Try and get over it’: the problem with how bullying allegations are handled
Source: Community Care

04/07/2018: Risks to children ‘the biggest social justice challenge of our time’
Source: Guardian

04/07/2018: ‘Growing up with a dad addicted to heroin’
Source: BBC

03/07/2018: Social media making children feel more lonely
Source: Sky

03/07/2018: Rise in Childline counselling sessions about loneliness
Source: NSPCC

03/07/2018: Thousands misusing abuse orders to get legal aid, says parenting charity
Source: BBC

03/07/2018: Tory MPs warn ministers over nursery funding
Source: BBC

03/07/2018: Impact of social media on young people’s health examined
Source: Commons Select Committee

03/07/2018: Architects of SEND system criticise government progress
Source: Children and Young People Now

03/07/2018: Government to allow cohabitees of serious offenders to work in nurseries
Source: Children and Young People Now

02/07/2018: Girls are banned from wearing skirts at 40 secondaries across England as schools opt for gender-neutral uniforms to cater for transgender pupils
Source: Daily Mail

02/07/2018: Two thirds of young people would consider an apprenticeship instead of going to university
Source: Daily Mail

02/07/2018: Growing number of teens prefer apprenticeships to university, says charity chief
Source: Independent

02/07/2018: Give youth work remit back to DfE, children’s services leaders urge
Source: Children and Young People Now

02/07/2018: Virtual reality ‘helps professionals spot signs of child abuse’
Source: Children and Young People Now

02/07/2018: More than 300 transgender children a year are starting puberty-blocking drugs
Source: Daily Mail

02/07/2018: Government accused of misleading parents over schools’ success
Source: Guardian

02/07/2018: High sugar content in cereals next target in battle of child obesity
Source: Guardian

02/07/2018: Test case on the exclusion of SEND pupils
Source: Times Education Supplement

02/07/2018: Behaviour management: it’s all about the brain
Source: Times Education Supplement

02/07/2018: How to be a great teacher: by the pupils
Source: Times Education Supplement

01/07/2018: Is a ‘snitch’ culture skewing your bullying data?
Source: Times Education Supplement

30/06/2018: Coalition education reforms ‘fuelled inequality in schools’
Source: Guardian

30/06/2018: Long hot summer: how kids can stay safe from gangs
Source: Guardian

29/06/2018: Children’s services spending to increase by £542m
Source: BBC

29/06/2018: Guides and Scouts unite for £2.4m expansion push
Source: Children and Young People Now

28/06/2018: Student mental health support must improve, universities told
Source: BBC

28/06/2018: Parents could be alerted if their son or daughter is on the verge of a mental breakdown at university under Government proposals
Source: Daily Mail