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06/04/2020: Coronavirus: Domestic abuse calls up 25% since lockdown, charity says

The National Domestic Abuse helpline has seen a 25% increase in calls and online requests for help since the lockdown, the charity Refuge says. It received hundreds more calls last week compared to two weeks earlier, the charity which runs the helpline said. Campaigners have warned the restrictions could heighten domestic tensions and cut off escape routes.

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06/04/2020: Surge in child exploitation cases

The number of suspected cases of child exploitation in the UK rose by nearly half last year, latest figures show. Annual data from the National Crime Agency on the number of people referred into the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) – the system used to identify UK trafficking cases – shows there has been a 45 per cent increase in the number of children identified as potential victims over the past year.

06/04/2020: Care leavers share experiences of isolation

Care leavers have shared their experiences of isolation as part of a charity project to reach out to vulnerable young people during the coronavirus pandemic. Care-experienced young people have shared videos of their persepectives on the UK-wide lockdown from their homes and university halls through charity Leicestershire Cares.

03/04/2020: More than 70% of children’s social workers struggled with caseloads on eve of Covid-19 crisis, survey reveals

More than seven in 10 children’s social workers performing statutory work in England were struggling with their caseloads in the days leading up the the UK government’s first coronavirus-related self-isolation measures, research suggests.

03/04/2020: NCA predicts rise in online child sexual abuse during coronavirus pandemic

National Crime Agency says offenders are discussing opportunities on chat forums to abuse children during crisis. The National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned there could be a rise in online child . . . sexual abuse offences during the Covid-19 pandemic as it reveals its most recent intelligence shows there are at least 300,000 people in the UK who pose a sexual threat to children.
Guardian

03/04/2020: ‘Terrifying escalation’ in battle to keep children safe online as new figures reveal 300,000 people in the UK could pose sexual threat to children

The IWF says new figures claiming at least 300,000 people in the UK pose a sexual threat to children is a “terrifying escalation” in the battle to keep children safe online. The National Crime Agency . . . (NCA) has today (3 March) revealed it believes there are a minimum of 300,000 individuals in the UK posing a sexual threat to children, either through physical “contact” abuse or online. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is the UK charity responsible for finding and removing images and videos of children being sexually abused from the internet.
Internet Watch Foundation

02/04/2020: Three ways social workers can support children in care

Every year, our Bright Spots research programme works with local authorities across the country to understand the experience of their children in care and care leavers and explore ways in which their . . . experiences can be improved. In one of our surveys a child reported: “I hate that when the register comes up on the screen and others in the class can see that I am CLA [child looked after]. It winds me up even though everyone knows. I don’t like to be different”. This alerted the local authority who cared for the child about how they felt about the school register. With this knowledge, their virtual school could contact schools to ask them to stop this practice.
Community Care

01/04/2020: Coronavirus: Special needs parents in ‘survival mode’ BBC

31/03/2020: Coronavirus: Free school meals children to get food vouchers BBC

31/03/2020: Coronavirus: Government urged to postpone consultation on unregulated accommodation Children and Young People Now

30/03/2020: Lack of childcare ‘forcing key workers to stay home’ BBC

30/03/2020: Childline sees surge in calls over coronavirus Children and Young People Now

30/03/2020: Coronavirus: Schools told to update child protection policies Children and Young People Now

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Education

30/03/2020: Coronavirus: Schools told to update child protection policies Children and Young People Now
27/03/2020: The programme making all the difference to behaviour and exclusions Schools Week
27/03/2020: Number of children in care with SEN increases Children and Young People Now
25/03/2020: Coronavirus: Parents of SEN children struggle as schools close BBC

Youth Justice

27/03/2020: Coronavirus: Campaigners call for end to child arrests amid pandemic Children and Young People Now
25/03/2020: Coronavirus – Children in police custody Youth Justice Legal Centre
12/03/2020: Teenager charged with encouraging far-right terror attacks and making indecent images of children Independent
10/03/2020: Upskirting victim urges other girls to speak out BBC

Family

06/04/2020: Coronavirus: Domestic abuse calls up 25% since lockdown, charity says BBC

 01/04/2020: Coronavirus: Special needs parents in ‘survival mode’ BBC

 31/03/2020: Coronavirus: Free school meals children to get food vouchers BBC

 30/03/2020: Lack of childcare ‘forcing key workers to stay home’ BBC

 

Safeguarding

06/04/2020: Coronavirus: Domestic abuse calls up 25% since lockdown, charity says BBC
06/04/2020: Surge in child exploitation cases Children and Young People Now
03/04/2020: NCA predicts rise in online child sexual abuse during coronavirus pandemic Guardian
03/04/2020: ‘Terrifying escalation’ in battle to keep children safe online as new figures reveal 300,000 people in the UK could pose sexual threat to children Internet Watch Foundation

Technology

03/04/2020: NCA predicts rise in online child sexual abuse during coronavirus pandemic Guardian
03/04/2020: ‘Terrifying escalation’ in battle to keep children safe online as new figures reveal 300,000 people in the UK could pose sexual threat to children Internet Watch Foundation
25/03/2020: Coronavirus – Staying connected and Keeping Safe at Home South West Grid for Learning
20/03/2020: Children may be at greater risk of grooming during coronavirus pandemic as IWF braces for spike in public reports Internet Watch Foundation

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