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23/01/2020: Two weeks of leave for UK parents who lose a child

Parents who lose a child will receive two weeks’ paid bereavement leave under new government rules. The law will come into force in April, with the UK being the only country to have that right to time off, MPs said. It will be known as Jack’s Law, in memory of Jack Herd, whose mother Lucy has been campaigning for reform since he drowned aged 23 months in 2010. Jack’s father was allowed just three days to grieve, including time to attend his funeral.

Read: BBC

23/01/2020: One in four children ‘has too little sleep’

One in four 11 to 15-year-olds in England have too little sleep, a World Health Organization study suggests. The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children report questions 3,398 11, 13 and 15-year-olds every four years. And 27% now say they are too tired to concentrate on their lessons – 17% of 11-year-olds, 28% of 13-year-olds and 42% of 15-year-olds.

Read: BBC

23/01/2020: Quarter of young teenagers aren’t getting enough sleep and struggle to concentrate at school because they are so tired

More than a quarter of children are not getting enough sleep which is making it hard for them to focus at school, a study has found. Researchers from the World Health Organisation studied almost 3,400 children in England and found around 27 per cent said they struggle with sleep. And the problem gets worse with age, with about 17 per cent of 11-year-olds admitting having trouble sleeping rising to 42 per cent of 15-year-olds – an age group which often reports feeling ‘low’.

23/01/2020: Bereaved parents to be entitled to two weeks’ paid leave from work

Parents who suffer the loss of a child under the age of 18 will be entitled to two weeks of statutory paid leave from work, the government has announced. The new legal right, due to come into force from April, is the most generous offer on parental bereavement pay and leave in the world, said ministers.

Read: Guardian

23/01/2020: Gap between rich and poor university students ‘remains stark’ as little evidence shows interventions work

The gap in access between poorer and more affluent students at university “remains stark” despite significant investment as there is little evidence on which interventions work best, a new report has . . . warned. Research by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) think tank said the sector had failed to establish a programme which clearly boosted the number of disadvantaged students attending universities.
Independent

23/01/2020: Knife crime offences hit record high after 7% increase

Offences recorded by the police reached 44,771, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). However the number of homicides fell by 6%, from 654 to 617. In addition, . . . homicides in which a knife or sharp instrument was used dropped by a fifth to 221 offences, mainly because of a decrease in London.
Sky

23/01/2020: Schools ‘failing to meet legal duties for disabled pupils’

A study by the Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) and Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) found that parents of disabled children are “largely uninformed” about the . . . existence of accessibility plans, despite schools being legally required to implement and regularly review them. The study reveals that almost two-thirds of 127 local authorities who responded to a Freedom of Information (FoI) request did not know how many of their schools had plans in place.
Children and Young People Now

23/01/2020: More than 80 per cent of children in care ‘receive SEND support’ Children and Young People Now

23/01/2020: The importance of understanding why you are in care Community Care

23/01/2020: Autism breakthrough as scientists discover 37 new genes that put children at risk of the disorder Daily Mail

22/01/2020: New code aims to force tech giants to protect kids online Sky

22/01/2020: Warning over youth career aspiration-reality disconnect BBC

22/01/2020: Kate launches childhood survey to help under-fives BBC

22/01/2020: Travel programme for disadvantaged children opens up to primary pupils Children and Young People Now

22/01/2020: Ofsted urges national action to tackle gaps in children in care provision Community Care

22/01/2020: Watchdog cracks down on tech firms that fail to protect children Guardian

22/01/2020: Young peoples voices help bridge the gap with policing leaders at national conference IOPC

21/01/2020: Young offenders in ‘harmful solitary confinement’ in England and Wales BBC

21/01/2020: Domestic violence prevention work ‘should focus on offenders’ BBC

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Education

23/01/2020: Quarter of young teenagers aren’t getting enough sleep and struggle to concentrate at school because they are so tired Daily Mail
23/01/2020: Gap between rich and poor university students ‘remains stark’ as little evidence shows interventions work Independent
23/01/2020: Schools ‘failing to meet legal duties for disabled pupils’ Children and Young People Now
23/01/2020: More than 80 per cent of children in care ‘receive SEND support’ Children and Young People Now

Youth Justice

23/01/2020: Knife crime offences hit record high after 7% increase Sky
21/01/2020: Young offenders in ‘harmful solitary confinement’ in England and Wales BBC
21/01/2020: Teenage prisoners in young offenders’ institutions are often kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day, watchdog warns Daily Mail
21/01/2020: Howard League responds to report on separation of children in custody The Howard League for Penal Reform

Family

23/01/2020: Two weeks of leave for UK parents who lose a child BBC

 23/01/2020: Bereaved parents to be entitled to two weeks’ paid leave from work Guardian

 23/01/2020: Schools ‘failing to meet legal duties for disabled pupils’ Children and Young People Now

 21/01/2020: Domestic violence prevention work ‘should focus on offenders’ BBC

 

Safeguarding

22/01/2020: Watchdog cracks down on tech firms that fail to protect children Guardian
17/01/2020: Government will take rise of child sexual abuse material online seriously Internet Watch Foundation
15/01/2020: Pre-teen girls ‘tricked into sex acts on webcams’ BBC
15/01/2020: One in five adults in England and Wales abused as children Children and Young People Now

Technology

22/01/2020: New code aims to force tech giants to protect kids online Sky
22/01/2020: Watchdog cracks down on tech firms that fail to protect children Guardian
20/01/2020: We all have an online reputation. What’s yours? South West Grid for Learning
19/01/2020: Gambling companies access data for 28 million children Times Education Supplement