FILTER: News

14/09/2020: Coronavirus: Fears for extra needs pupils entering jobs market

The head of the UK’s biggest special education school has said he fears Covid-19 will make it even more difficult for his pupils to find jobs. Chris Britten, at Ysgol y Deri in Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, said people with additional learning needs faced an even greater struggle for meaningful work. Employers, he said, would likely be “swamped” with applicants.

Read: BBC

14/09/2020: My working week: ‘I cry after hearing one domestic abuse survivor’s story. She is lucky to be alive’

I am an independent domestic violence advocate. I phone one of my clients first thing; I’ve been worried about her over the weekend. Although I’m an atheist, as the phone rings I find myself praying that her partner hasn’t hurt her. She answers, says “I’m not interested in PPI” and hangs up. That’s a code letting me know her abuser is with her and it’s not safe to speak.

Read: Guardian

12/09/2020: From tearaways to tractor kids: putting down roots on a care farm

Young people with a range of troubles are among many groups thriving on the rural lifestyle offered by Future Roots in Dorset. Jordan Ellis was not suited to school. “I couldn’t just sit there and concentrate. I had to mess about. I hate just sitting in the classroom working, listening to the teachers talk. I don’t like getting told what I have to do,” he says.

Read: Guardian

12/09/2020: ‘We need a game changer for looked-after pupils’

Every year, Scotland reports on the educational outcomes for looked-after children. This publication sets out the attainment, achievements and post-school destinations of school leavers who were in care. Every year, it is awful reading. Statistic after statistic highlights deeply how unfathomably poorly we serve the young people who are in our care – who are our responsibility.

11/09/2020: Youth groups call for consistency over reopening

Youth groups have called for clarity from the Welsh Government over when they can reopen their doors. Services using private spaces are allowed to resume activities providing the venue is following . . . Covid-19 rules However the decision over whether clubs can use community centres has been left to each council to decide.
BBC

11/09/2020: Child prisoners at ‘real risk of psychological decline’ after lockdown

Children in young offender institutions (YOIs) face “a real risk of psychological decline” following strict restrictions implemented during lockdown, the chief inspector of prisons has warned. In a . . . report summarising short scrutiny visits to 35 prisons, including Cookham Wood, Wetherby, Parc, Feltham A and Werrington YOIs, between 21 April and 7 July, Peter Clarke says his concerns over an impending crisis must be “addressed urgently, so that prisoners, children and detainees do not suffer long-term damage to their mental health and wellbeing, and prisons can fulfil their rehabilitative goals”.
Children and Young People Now

10/09/2020: One in eight children in care ‘placed in unregulated settings’

One in eight children in care has now spent time in unregulated supported accommodation including hostels, caravans and tents, new figures from the children’s commissioner for England reveal. In . . . 2018/19, 12,800 spent some time accommodated in unregulated settings – 69 per cent more than in 2012/13, Anne Longfield’s Unregulated: Children in care living in semi-independent accommodation report shows.
Children and Young People Now

10/09/2020: Researchers to review Childline’s response to children at risk of suicide Children and Young People Now

10/09/2020: New guide to supporting migrant children through age assessments Children and Young People Now

10/09/2020: ‘No evidence’ machine learning works well in children’s social care, study finds Community Care

10/09/2020: Scouts to tackle fake news as part of UK badge relaunch Guardian

09/09/2020: Children ‘should be banned from unregulated care homes’ BBC

08/09/2020: Government offers 500 internships to care leavers Children and Young People Now

08/09/2020: MPs launch inquiry into economic impact of Covid-19 on young people Children and Young People Now

08/09/2020: Children’s commissioner calls for NHS counsellors in schools to relieve mental health crisis Children and Young People Now

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Education

14/09/2020: Coronavirus: Fears for extra needs pupils entering jobs market BBC
08/09/2020: Children’s commissioner calls for NHS counsellors in schools to relieve mental health crisis Children and Young People Now
07/09/2020: Most teachers ‘fear for pupils’ safety online’ Times Education Supplement
04/09/2020: Teachers to be embedded within children’s social work teams in new What Works trial Community Care

Youth Justice

11/09/2020: Child prisoners at ‘real risk of psychological decline’ after lockdown Children and Young People Now
07/09/2020: Criminal records system ‘undermining’ youth justice reforms, campaigners claim Children and Young People Now
14/08/2020: BAME children three times more likely to have a Taser weapon used on them by police Guardian
10/08/2020: Child sexual offences jump 57% in 5 years NSPCC

Family

04/09/2020: Childminders and nurseries that rely on parent fees ‘risk closure after lockdown’ Children and Young People Now

 01/09/2020: Bereaved mother submits petition for classes to help deal with loss BBC

 31/08/2020: Calls to raise child benefit in UK to help struggling families Guardian

 27/08/2020: Child to parent violence ‘increases during lockdown’ Children and Young People Now

 

Safeguarding

07/09/2020: Council leaders call for more funding as children’s services referrals set to rise Children and Young People Now
03/09/2020: Record number of online child abuse logged by police BBC
03/09/2020: Police record over 10,000 online child sex crimes in a year for the first time NSPCC
01/09/2020: Warning of rise in child protection referrals as English schools reopen Guardian

Technology

10/09/2020: Scouts to tackle fake news as part of UK badge relaunch Guardian
07/09/2020: Most teachers ‘fear for pupils’ safety online’ Times Education Supplement
03/09/2020: Record number of online child abuse logged by police BBC
02/09/2020: Apps for children must offer privacy by default BBC