This week…

18/03/2019: Children must be protected from ‘online Wild West’ – MPs (Sky)

Addiction to social media should potentially be classed as a disease, according to a group of MPs. In a new report looking at the impact of social media on mental health, MPs said social media firms need strict regulation to protect children and companies should have a duty of care towards their users.

18/03/2019: Sexual abuse of boys continues to be missed: what social workers can do (Community Care)

Over recent years, high profile cases of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and institutional abuse, and the growing use of technology in sexual abuse has led to increased public and professional awareness of the prevalence of child sexual abuse (CSA) and the forms it can take. It is now described with increasingly sophisticated terminology. Terms such as CSE, harmful sexual behaviour (HSB), online grooming, peer-on-peer abuse, gang-related sexual violence (including punishments and initiations) and institutional abuse can be useful as a professional shorthand and were developed in order to differentiate between types of abuse with distinct characteristics.

18/03/2019: Heads seek talks with Ofsted on off-rolling crackdown (Times Education Supplement)

A headteachers’ union is urging Ofsted and the Department for Education to provide answers on what constitutes off-rolling after a recent crackdown on the practice by inspectors. The Association of School and College Leaders’ inspection specialist, Steve Rollett, told Tes that he was seeking talks with the inspectorate to address headteachers’ concerns about how it will views pupils being moved into alternative provision (AP).

Older news…

15/03/2019: We need to move towards a language that really cares
Source: Community Care

15/03/2019: How teenagers’ brains work
Source: Times Education Supplement

14/03/2019: Youth work academy launches with training to tackle gang crime
Source: Children and Young People Now

13/03/2019: What parents need to know about the online blackmail known as ‘sextortion’
Source: Parent Info

13/03/2019: Thousands of teenagers in care living without adults
Source: BBC

13/03/2019: GCSE coursework lost in cyber attack on Bridport school
Source: BBC

13/03/2019: Animated series to warn four-year-olds about online grooming
Source: Sky

12/03/2019: Knife crime: Don’t land responsibility on schools, says Ofsted
Source: BBC

12/03/2019: Fighting popular misconceptions about criminal content online
Source: Internet Watch Foundation

11/03/2019: Special guardianship assessments ‘rushed’ by 26-week care proceedings timescale, study finds
Source: Community Care

11/03/2019: Statement: On the ‘Regulating in a digital world’ report by the Select Committee on Communications of the House of Lords
Source: Internet Watch Foundation

11/03/2019: Knife crime: Operation Sceptre begins amid surge in violence
Source: Sky

10/03/2019: Free sanitary products for secondary pupils
Source: Times Education Supplement

08/03/2019: Charities urge better teaching support for children in care
Source: Children and Young People Now

08/03/2019: Cost of inadequate early help ‘cannot easily be forgiven’, vulnerable adolescents’ review finds
Source: Community Care

08/03/2019: Social workers need empowerment and education to protect girls from FGM abuse
Source: Community Care

08/03/2019: UK’s Prevent guidance to universities unlawful, court rules
Source: Guardian

08/03/2019: ‘Let’s talk about sexting, consent and online relationships’
Source: Times Education Supplement

07/03/2019: Knife crime: Excluded pupils ‘sucked into criminality’
Source: BBC

07/03/2019: Ban on off-rolling among calls to tackle youth crime
Source: Children and Young People Now

07/03/2019: Call to boost BAME engagement with youth mental health services
Source: Children and Young People Now

06/03/2019: Knife Crime Crisis: ‘I started carrying a knife when I was nine’
Source: Sky

06/03/2019: Knife crime: school heads call for more money to keep children safe
Source: Guardian

05/03/2019: Domestic abuse victims school priority call
Source: BBC

05/03/2019: Young people warned over buying drugs via apps
Source: BBC

05/03/2019: Far right ‘infiltrating children’s charities with anti-Islam agenda’
Source: Guardian

05/03/2019: Gamers suggest ways to combat addiction
Source: BBC

05/03/2019: Technology ideas sought to support young people’s mental health
Source: Children and Young People Now

05/03/2019: Call to tackle ‘catastrophic’ effect of domestic abuse on children
Source: Children and Young People Now

05/03/2019: ‘Children feel peers are armed’: why the UK’s knife attacks are relentless
Source: Guardian

04/03/2019: ‘Schools must not be blamed for knife crime’
Source: Times Education Supplement

04/03/2019: Study to examine poor outcomes of care leavers
Source: Children and Young People Now

03/03/2019: Former Met chief: exclusions contributing to rise in knife crime
Source: Times Education Supplement

01/03/2019: Instagram biggest for child grooming online – NSPCC finds
Source: BBC

01/03/2019: Teachers lack confidence to help pupils who self-harm, study finds
Source: Children and Young People Now

01/03/2019: Number of children’s social workers leaving their jobs up 16%, statistics show
Source: Community Care

01/03/2019: Over 5,000 online grooming offences recorded in 18 months
Source: NSPCC

28/02/2019: Thousands of children exploited by ‘ruthless’ gangs
Source: Sky

28/02/2019: Gangs: 27,000 children in England say they are members – report
Source: BBC

28/02/2019: Adolescent health: Teens ‘more depressed and sleeping less’
Source: BBC

28/02/2019: ‘She told me he was going to kill her’
Source: BBC

28/02/2019: TikTok: Record fine for video sharing app over children’s data
Source: BBC

28/02/2019: Ban ALL junk food adverts on TV, social media, digital billboards and video games before 9pm to stop children from becoming obese, campaigners demand
Source: Daily Mail

28/02/2019: Depression and self-harm is higher in teenagers of the Facebook Generation who grew up amid social media boom than those of a decade ago
Source: Daily Mail

28/02/2019: Almost 30,000 children have been snared by ruthless criminal gangs in ‘a repeat of the Rochdale sex grooming scandal’
Source: Daily Mail

28/02/2019: Majority of children in gangs going under the radar – study
Source: Guardian

28/02/2019: Generation Z teenagers have more mental health problems despite drops in smoking, drugs and antisocial behaviour
Source: Independent

28/02/2019: 27,000 children in gangs, with exclusions seen as a trigger
Source: Times Education Supplement

28/02/2019: Viral ‘Momo challenge’ is a malicious hoax, say charities
Source: Guardian

28/02/2019: Teenage girl on being caught up in gangs and dealing drugs
Source: BBC

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