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08/07/2020: Rishi Sunak to unveil ‘kickstart jobs scheme’ for young people

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will announce a £2bn “kickstart scheme” later to create more jobs for young people. The fund will subsidise six-month work placements for people on Universal Credit aged between 16 and 24, who are at risk of long-term unemployment. Labour said more action was needed to tackle the “scale of the unemployment crisis” caused by coronavirus.

Read: BBC

08/07/2020: Government will pay £2bn in wages for 300,000 16-24-year-olds to keep them off the dole

Wednesday’s mini-Budget will see the Chancellor put jobs at the heart of his £2billion scheme to prevent a surge in youth unemployment. Rishi Sunak will unveil a radical plan designed to keep up to 300,000 young people off the dole as the Covid-19 recession bites. The Kickstart initiative will see the Treasury pay the wages of thousands of youngsters if firms agree to hire them for six months.

Read: Daily Mail

08/07/2020: Report reveals how parents are forced to reduce their hours, take pay cuts and even quit their jobs as they struggle to cope with childcare

Working parents are forfeiting £250 million in earnings every week as the continuing closure of schools and nurseries force them to cut down on work to look after their children, Money Mail can reveal. Families are losing an average of £36 per week from their household income as they struggle to cope with increased childcare demands, while some parents are losing in excess of £300.

Read: Daily Mail

08/07/2020: Sharp increase in UK child sexual abuse during pandemic

Lockdown was supposed to make us all safer and save lives. But for some vulnerable young people the opposite has been true. Sajid Javid, the former chancellor, warned last month that isolation was creating a “perfect storm” for child sexual abuse. With most pupils not back at school before September, children are spending more time online, putting them at greater risk of being targeted by strangers through social media, apps and gaming.

Read: Guardian

07/07/2020: Hundreds of thousands of teens are at risk of slipping into a world of gangs and drug

Hundreds of thousands of teenagers are in danger of becoming a ‘lost generation’ – slipping into lives of crime and idleness due to lockdown, says the Children’s Commissioner. There are an estimated . . . 120,000 youngsters, aged between 13 and 17, who were on the brink of dropping out of school or training before the virus struck and may now be lost to a world of criminal gangs and worklessness, Anne Longfield has cautioned.
Daily Mail

07/07/2020: England’s vulnerable teenagers at risk of ‘falling off the radar’

Tens of thousands of vulnerable teenagers whose lives have been disrupted by Covid-19 are at risk of slipping out of education and becoming easy prey for criminal gangs, the children’s commissioner . . . for England has warned. Anne Longfield said more than 120,000 teenagers in England with a history of exclusion, persistent absence from school and periods missing from care could “fall off the radar” without focused intervention as the country comes out of lockdown.
Guardian

07/07/2020: How many children at risk? UK health visitors count the cost of lockdown

When Covid-19 arrived, everything changed for health visitors. While many people think of the profession as specialist nurses supporting families with pre-school children, their role is much broader. . . . Health visitors work closely with nursery nurses, GPs and social workers, providing antenatal and postnatal support. They advise on parenting skills, assess the family and home situation, and monitor children’s growth and development.
Guardian

07/07/2020: Child protection performance lagging amid improving children’s services performance, says Ofsted Community Care

07/07/2020: Female drama teacher who groomed ‘besotted’ schoolgirl, 15, she taught from age of nine into having lesbian affair is jailed for nine months Daily Mail

07/07/2020: It’s not banter, it’s racism: UK students accuse universities of brushing complaints aside Guardian

06/07/2020: Domestic Abuse Bill: MPs back ban on ‘chilling rough sex defence’ BBC

06/07/2020: NCS announces summer programme for 16-and 17-year-olds Children and Young People Now

05/07/2020: County lines gangs disguised drug couriers as key workers during coronavirus lockdown Guardian

04/07/2020: One school, 25 bereavements: Essex head fears emotional impact of Covid-19 Guardian

03/07/2020: We’re calling on government to make it illegal for all adults to have sexual activity with children in their care NSPCC

03/07/2020: Youth unemployment could hit 1m, warns IPPR Times Education Supplement

02/07/2020: Urgent action needed to prevent thousands of children in care being in UK unlawfully, warns charity Community Care

02/07/2020: Building relationships with children when you can’t visit Community Care

02/07/2020: Stereotyping by practitioners preventing disclosure of child sexual abuse in ethnic minority groups Community Care

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Education

07/07/2020: It’s not banter, it’s racism: UK students accuse universities of brushing complaints aside Guardian
04/07/2020: One school, 25 bereavements: Essex head fears emotional impact of Covid-19 Guardian
02/07/2020: ‘Large’ increase in pupils with care plans in PRUs Times Education Supplement
01/07/2020: #Chances4Children: Empowerment scheme helps support disadvantaged children back to school Children and Young People Now

Youth Justice

06/07/2020: Domestic Abuse Bill: MPs back ban on ‘chilling rough sex defence’ BBC
30/06/2020: English youth courts need urgent help to cut delays, review finds Guardian
26/06/2020: Young prisoners ‘spending 22 hours a day in cells’ due to pandemic, charities warn Children and Young People Now
25/06/2020: Turning 18 Youth Justice Legal Centre

Family

08/07/2020: Report reveals how parents are forced to reduce their hours, take pay cuts and even quit their jobs as they struggle to cope with childcare Daily Mail

 07/07/2020: How many children at risk? UK health visitors count the cost of lockdown Guardian

 01/07/2020: Nearly half of BAME UK households are living in poverty Guardian

 29/06/2020: Penalty fines for missing school next term BBC

 

Safeguarding

08/07/2020: Sharp increase in UK child sexual abuse during pandemic Guardian
07/07/2020: Child protection performance lagging amid improving children’s services performance, says Ofsted Community Care
07/07/2020: Female drama teacher who groomed ‘besotted’ schoolgirl, 15, she taught from age of nine into having lesbian affair is jailed for nine months Daily Mail
03/07/2020: We’re calling on government to make it illegal for all adults to have sexual activity with children in their care NSPCC

Technology

02/07/2020: Video game loot boxes ‘are gambling and should be regulated’, says House of Lords Sky
28/06/2020: ‘Children may have been radicalised in lockdown’ BBC
22/06/2020: TikTok: Fears videos may ‘trigger eating disorders’ BBC
22/06/2020: Online eating disorder ‘trigger’ crack-down call BBC

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