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26/05/2020: ‘Unprecedented’ rise in youth homelessness (Wales)

There has been an “unprecedented” rise in the number of young people facing homelessness during the coronavirus crisis, a charity has said. Homelessness charity Llamau said it had already received more calls this year than it did in the whole of 2019 – at a time when fundraising had collapsed. A teenager from Newport said he faced homelessness after “sofa surfing” arrangements with family broke down.

Read: BBC

24/05/2020: Childhood in UK care system makes you twice as likely to die earlier, study shows

People who spent time in care as children are almost twice as likely to die prematurely than those who did not, stark new research reveals. Researchers at University College London tracked more than 350,000 people using official government data between 1971 and 2013. They found that the likelihood of dying earlier among those who had been in care increased over time, contrary to the general population which, during the same period, experienced a decline in mortality risk.

Read: Guardian

23/05/2020: Digital poverty ‘a threat to children in care’

A lack of access to basic technology during lockdown poses an “unprecedented threat” to the wellbeing of children in care and care leavers, a charity warns. Voices from Care Cymru (VFCC) said some of the most vulnerable children and young people in society cannot stay in touch with important support networks. The charity warned isolation and poor mental health is on the rise and called on councils to utilise technology.

Read: BBC

23/05/2020: Vulnerable children ‘suffer alone’ in UK lockdown with schools shut

A charity that supports disadvantaged state school pupils has reported a sevenfold increase in its child-protection referrals since the lockdown began. Practitioners from the charity, School Home Support (SHS), have been working throughout the crisis to maintain regular contact with families of the children they normally support in school. Between 23 March and 6 May, they reported a 750% increase in the number of children who needed to be referred to social services, compared to the same period in 2019.

Read: Guardian

22/05/2020: Ofsted fast-tracks children’s home registrations in response to pandemic

There has been a surge in the number of children and young people requiring residential care placements as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Ofsted has said. The inspectorate is working with local . . . authorities and children’s home providers to fast-track new applications in an effort to get more capacity into the care system. It said it had completed around 60 successful applications over the past four weeks, triple the number of registrations it would normally process in a month.
Children and Young People Now

21/05/2020: Social workers to be placed in schools to support vulnerable children

Social workers will be placed in schools to help staff spot signs of abuse and neglect as part of a new package of government measures to support vulnerable children. Announcing the initiative at a . . . virtual Hidden Harms summit, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said it would give greater protection to at risk children by introducing professionals trained to identify warning signs more quickly.
Children and Young People Now

21/05/2020: More training needed for social workers to report child sexual abuse, study says

Social workers need increased training to identify and report child sexual abuse (CSA) to help reduce the impact it causes on children and families, new research suggests. A report, which presents the . . . findings from an evaluation of a pilot programme delivered by the Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse (CSA Centre) says improving the social work response to CSA is essential to reduce the long term effects of sexual abuse on individuals and families.
Children and Young People Now

21/05/2020: Young people ‘overwhelmed by panic and anxiety’ during lockdown Children and Young People Now

21/05/2020: DfE to expand trials placing social workers in schools Community Care

20/05/2020: Howard League calls for end to remanding unsentenced children in custody Children and Young People Now

20/05/2020: Looked-after children less likely to attend higher education, study shows Children and Young People Now

20/05/2020: Watchdog reveals 8.8m attempts to access online child abuse in April Guardian

20/05/2020: Reopening of Schools – Online Safety Considerations South West Grid for Learning

20/05/2020: ‘Schools need more support to tackle extremist views’ Times Education Supplement

20/05/2020: ‘We must empower parents to support mental health’ Times Education Supplement

20/05/2020: Safeguarding to ‘overwhelm’ teachers when pupils return Times Education Supplement

19/05/2020: Fears of gang risk for Year 7-9 students not in school Times Education Supplement

18/05/2020: Half a million access suicide prevention course BBC

18/05/2020: Girls at risk of child marriage as half of local authorities fail to keep records Guardian

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Education

21/05/2020: Social workers to be placed in schools to support vulnerable children Children and Young People Now
21/05/2020: DfE to expand trials placing social workers in schools Community Care
20/05/2020: Looked-after children less likely to attend higher education, study shows Children and Young People Now
20/05/2020: Reopening of Schools – Online Safety Considerations South West Grid for Learning

Youth Justice

20/05/2020: Howard League calls for end to remanding unsentenced children in custody Children and Young People Now
06/05/2020: Bournemouth judge says teenager may die due to lack of secure homes BBC
01/05/2020: Police need ACE training to better understand impact of child violence, study says Children and Young People Now
19/04/2020: COVID 19: Delays, video link hearings and custody time limits for children in the criminal courts Youth Justice Legal Centre

Family

26/05/2020: ‘Unprecedented’ rise in youth homelessness (Wales) BBC

 23/05/2020: Vulnerable children ‘suffer alone’ in UK lockdown with schools shut Guardian

 22/05/2020: Ofsted fast-tracks children’s home registrations in response to pandemic Children and Young People Now

 20/05/2020: ‘We must empower parents to support mental health’ Times Education Supplement

 

Safeguarding

23/05/2020: Vulnerable children ‘suffer alone’ in UK lockdown with schools shut Guardian
21/05/2020: Social workers to be placed in schools to support vulnerable children Children and Young People Now
21/05/2020: More training needed for social workers to report child sexual abuse, study says Children and Young People Now
21/05/2020: DfE to expand trials placing social workers in schools Community Care

Technology

23/05/2020: Digital poverty ‘a threat to children in care’ BBC
20/05/2020: Watchdog reveals 8.8m attempts to access online child abuse in April Guardian
20/05/2020: Reopening of Schools – Online Safety Considerations South West Grid for Learning
15/05/2020: Disney forces explicit Club Penguin clones offline BBC

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