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20/05/2019: Teens in care ‘abandoned to crime gangs’ (BBC)

Thousands of teenagers in care are being “dumped” in unregulated homes and “abandoned to organised crime gangs”, the BBC has been told. The number of looked-after children aged 16 and over living in unregistered accommodation in England has increased 70% in a decade, Newsnight has found. Police forces have raised concerns, saying criminals see the premises as an easy target for recruitment.

20/05/2019: Too many children in mental health hospitals, says report (BBC)

Too many children in England are being admitted to mental health hospitals unnecessarily, according to a report. Research for the Children’s Commissioner for England found children were often unable to get appropriate support at school and in the community. This was contributing to children ending up in institutions, sometimes for months or years, the report found.

20/05/2019: Autistic dad shares his struggles with being a parent (BBC)

Becoming a parent for the first time is a life-changing moment for anyone but it can pose extra challenges when you have autism. Jude Morrow has Asperger’s syndrome, a type of autism spectrum disorder, and he struggled with becoming a father when his son Ethan was born. The Londonderry man has trouble interpreting and expressing feelings, as well as experiencing sensory issues and he dislikes disruption to his routine.

20/05/2019: Limiting screen use for one week may improve teenagers’ sleep – study (Guardian)

Sleep problems suffered by teenagers can be improved after just one week by limiting evening exposure to light-emitting screens on mobile phones, tablets and computers, a study suggests. The research indicates that by reducing their exposure to blue light-emitting devices in the evening, adolescents can improve their sleep quality and reduce symptoms of fatigue, lack of concentration and mood swings after seven days.

20/05/2019: Too many children in England’s mental health hospitals unnecessarily – report (Guardian)

Vulnerable children with learning disabilities are stuck in mental health hospitals for long periods and in poor conditions, the Children’s Commissioner for England has warned. A report published on Monday said children were spending months and years unnecessarily in institutions that are often far from their homes, while some were routinely restrained or sedated.

20/05/2019: Children being ‘locked up’ and ‘sedated’ in mental health hospitals (Sky)

Hundreds of children with autism or a learning disability are admitted to mental health hospitals where they can suffer “nightmare” failures of care, the children’s commissioner for England has found. Anne Longfield found many children are admitted unnecessarily and go on to spend years in institutions as part of a system that is letting them down.

19/05/2019: Revenge porn laws ‘not working’, says victims group (BBC)

Laws covering so-called revenge porn are not fit for purpose and police still need more training, experts say. Victims should receive anonymity and laws need to include threats to share images, according to Sophie Mortimer from the Revenge Porn helpline. Figures from 19 forces in England and Wales revealed police investigations have doubled in the last four years but the number of charges has fallen.

19/05/2019: Revenge porn laws don’t work and need tightening up while police still need more training say victims (Daily Mail)

Revenge porn laws need to be reformed and police officers need more training in the area, a victims’ support group says. Campaigners, like Sophie Mortimer from Revenge Porn helpline, believe that victims should be granted anonymity in the same way sexual offence victims are.

19/05/2019: Grooming gang victim reveals she was raped and ‘still gets death threats from families of jailed attackers’ (Daily Mail)

A grooming gang victim has revealed police knew she was being trafficked around the country to be raped by more than 100 men, but arrested her instead. Cassie Pike, now 23, was just 11 when the abuse began, lasting until she was 16, as officers ignored her desperate pleas. She claims police officers in Halifax, West Yorkshire, arrested her after she had been pumped full of drugs by her rapists.

17/05/2019: Call for greater transparency over children deprived of their liberty (Community Care)

The children’s commissioner has joined a chorus of judicial voices in raising concern over children being placed in “quasi-secure” accommodation for their own welfare, because of the national shortage of government-approved beds. In a new report examining the detention of young people in secure children’s homes and across the mental health and youth justice systems, Anne Longfield warned of “invisible children” being deprived of their liberty without showing up in official statistics.

16/05/2019: Voices of children overlooked in family courts, says ex-head (BBC)

Family courts in England and Wales are not properly accommodating children’s voices and needs because the government has suggested “it would all cost too much”, their former head has said. Sir James Munby added the courts are “shamefully” behind in victim support.

16/05/2019: Children’s commissioner calls for better data on detained children (Children and Young People Now)

Serious concerns about children in secure accommodation are raised in a report published today, which finds that hundreds of children are “lost” in the system in potentially inappropriate settings. Almost 1,500 children are locked up by the state, at a cost of £300m, but these figures could be much higher due to incomplete data, according to Who Are They? Where Are They? Children Living Behind Closed Doors, published by children’s commissioner for England Anne Longfield.

16/05/2019: PM pledges to end postcode lottery around domestic abuse support (Children and Young People Now)

Councils could be legally required to provide support in secure accommodation for survivors of domestic abuse and their children, under new plans announced by the Prime Minister. The funding-backed plans would aim to ensure there is consistent support across the country, and will be determined as part of a 12-week consultation launched today.

16/05/2019: ‘You need to work towards going back to foster care’: how the narrative around children’s homes harms young people (Community Care)

Residential children’s homes are often seen as a last resort or second best to foster homes, and that has an effect on some children in care. Others have written and spoken eloquently about the use of language – I agree with them, and will therefore use the word “home” instead of “placement”.

16/05/2019: British people get drunk more often than everyone else in the world, study reveals (Independent)

Britons get drunk more often than everyone else in the world, a global drug survey suggests. According to a report examining the drinking habits of 36 countries last year, Britons reported getting drunk an average of 51.1 times in a 12-month period, which accounts for almost once a week. For the survey, researchers surveyed more than 120,000 people globally of which 5,400 were from England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, between 29 October and 30 December.

16/05/2019: Young adults are ‘distressed’ by labels of narcissism and entitlement, study finds (Independent)

Young adults believe their generation is the most narcissistic and entitled living generation, but are “distressed” by being labelled as such, a new study finds. According to the research, published in the journal PLOS One on Wednesday, adults aged between 18 and 25 believe they are the most self-absorbed living age-group.

16/05/2019: ‘Steep rise’ in teachers struggling with mental health (Times Education Supplement)

An emotional support helpline for teachers in crisis received its highest-ever volume of calls last year. Between April 2018 and March 2019, counsellors at the Education Support Partnership dealt with 9,615 cases of both teachers and classroom support assistants in crisis – up 28 per cent on two years ago.

16/05/2019: ‘I was so badly bullied, I started self-harming’ (Times Education Supplement)

A special needs teacher has described how her mental health deteriorated so badly as a result of bullying by colleagues at her school that she started self-harming . The teacher, who only wishes to be known as Anna, is among a rising number of teachers and classroom support assistants who are calling a confidential helpline set up by the Education Support Partnership (ESP) charity.

16/05/2019: Adopted children perform better in school than looked-after peers (Children and Young People Now)

Adopted children performed better at GCSE level across all attainment measures than their looked-after peers, latest statistics published by the government show. New Department for Education data was added to the outcome data for children looked after by local authorities in England, to include children who have left care through an adoption, special guardianship order (SGO) or child arrangements order (CAO).

16/05/2019: Schools of thought: can mindfulness lessons boost child mental health? (Guardian)

Children are taking 10 minutes out from the hurly burly school day to reflect on their thoughts and their feelings. Some ground themselves by thinking about their feet on the floor, while others concentrate on their breathing. This is mindfulness, the lessons quickly growing in popularity as an antidote to the stress of being a young person in the 21st century, be it pressure to perform in exams, social media, or the obsession with body image that is reported to even affect primary age children.

15/05/2019: Poverty tightens grip on poorest children, research says (BBC)

Child poverty is tightening its grip on Britain’s poorest families, research suggests. About two-thirds of children are living in poverty-hit families in pockets of some large cities, the study for End Child Poverty Coalition estimates. More than half of children in over 200 wards are below the poverty line, statistical analysis of official indices of poverty shows.

15/05/2019: ADHD: ‘The web comics that show what my life is like’ (BBC)

When Dani Donovan wanted to show her colleagues what life was like for her as someone diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), she never thought her sketches would lead to a series of web comics with a celebrity fan base. The 28-year-old, who lives in Omaha, Nebraska, was diagnosed about a decade ago with ADHD and now hopes her comics will help others to understand the challenges for those with the condition.

15/05/2019: MPs ask Instagram chiefs about suicide poll (BBC)

Instagram executives have said they are “heartbroken” over the reported suicide of a teenager in Malaysia who had posted a poll to its app. The 16-year-old is thought to have killed herself hours after asking other users whether she should die. But the technology company’s leaders said it was too soon to say if they would take any action against account holders who took part in the vote.

15/05/2019: What to do if you see an Instagram post about suicide (BBC)

Malaysian police say a 16-year-old girl killed herself earlier this week, after she asked her Instagram followers whether she should live or die. The Malaysian teenager had hosted a poll on her Instagram story, with the question: “Really Important, Help Me Choose D / L”, where D stood for death, while L stood for life, according to police.

15/05/2019: Probation service: Offender supervision to be renationalised (BBC)

The supervision of all offenders on probation in England and Wales is being put back in the public sector after a series of failings with the part-privatisation of the system. It reverses changes made in 2014 by then Justice Secretary Chris Grayling. The National Audit Office said problems with the part-privatisation had cost taxpayers nearly £500m.

15/05/2019: Child poverty becoming the ‘new normal’, campaigners warn (Children and Young People Now)

Campaigners are warning that child poverty is becoming the “new normal” in parts of Britain, after a study published today shows one in 40 council wards have a majority of children living below the breadline. The End Child Poverty coalition, which commissioned the research Local Indicators of Child Poverty 2017/18, is calling for the government to tackle the issue with a child poverty reduction strategy to reverse cuts and increase investment in children’s services.

15/05/2019: Pathological demand avoidance: what is it and why do social workers need to know? (Community Care)

Increasingly in my work, I’m coming across young people and adults whose presentations are complex – they might have a combination of autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyspraxia, hypermobility and dyslexia, to name a few. Whereas some individuals have an existing diagnosis or multiple diagnoses, in other cases they have no diagnosis at all.

15/05/2019: MPs call for inquiry into how family courts treat rape and abuse survivors (Guardian)

More than 120 MPs have called for the family courts to be opened up to greater scrutiny and for those who father children through rape to be denied parental rights. In a letter to the justice secretary, David Gauke, the MPs are requesting an independent inquiry into the way the family courts in England and Wales treat survivors of rape and domestic abuse and their children.

15/05/2019: The parents who say their kids are being ‘indoctrinated’ by UK schools (Sky)

It’s a row that goes to the heart of how children should be prepared for life in modern Britain. Parents have been demonstrating for weeks outside their children’s primary schools in Birmingham because they’re unhappy that children are being taught that it is okay to be gay.

15/05/2019: Two-thirds of parents say exam stress affects mental health (Times Education Supplement)

Two-thirds of parents say that exam stress is affecting their children’s mental health, according to a new survey. And 36 per cent of parents say that their teenagers have lost sleep because of exams, with almost one in 10 seeking medical or healthcare advice for stress.

14/05/2019: Two-thirds of young people worry about online appearance (Children and Young People Now)

Many young people feel pressure to look their best online and 67 per cent regularly worry about the way they look, according to new research. The results of the research by youth charity YMCA, published in a report The Curate Escape, found that because of the pressure they feel to look good, two-thirds of the more than 2,000 11- to 24-years-old surveyed said they often edit photos of themselves before posting them on social media.

14/05/2019: No way to screen out under-13s or sex offenders on Facebook, inquiry told (Guardian)

Facebook does not know how many under-13s or sex offenders in the UK use its platforms, a senior executive has said at the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse. Answering a question about safety checks carried out on new accounts, Julie de Bailliencourt said the company had no way of verifying the age or criminal history of people signing up.

14/05/2019: Number of British paedophiles may be far higher than thought (Guardian)

The number of Britons with a sexual interest in children may be seven times higher than previously thought, the head of the National Crime Agency has said. Lynne Owens said the revelation came after investigators scoured through sites for paedophiles on the dark web, finding an estimated 144,000 accounts linked to British people.

14/05/2019: Teenager sentenced over ‘upskirting’ teachers (Times Education Supplement)

A teenager found guilty of taking “upskirt” pictures of two teachers has been ordered to spend 20 hours learning about the impact of his crimes. Timothy Boomer, 18, has been convicted of five counts of outraging public decency in relation to videos he took as a pupil at a County Fermanagh school in 2015 and 2016.

13/05/2019: Ofsted unveils new inspection framework for all education settings (Children and Young People Now)

Ofsted’s new inspection framework, published today, will reduce the amount of data schools, early years settings and post-16 education providers are expected to collect, the inspectorate has claimed. A central aim of the Education Inspection Framework, to be used across settings from September 2019, is to free up teachers and early years providers from having to generate and analyse data for inspections, giving them more time to teach, Ofsted claims.

13/05/2019: Bad for business: Defence lawyer Iain Smith on cutting crime with compassion (Herald Scotland)

Iain Smith describes himself as a “turkey voting for Christmas”. He is a defence solicitor determined to stop his clients reoffending – and he knows it is bad for business. But after decades of seeing the same faces appear in and out of court, and in and out of jail, he now offers his clients “compassion and patience” and supports them to get the help they need to turn their lives around. This change in approach – motivated by research linking criminality and traumatic experiences in childhood – is beginning to spread throughout Scotland’s justice system, with police, prosecutors and even the judiciary taking steps to become better informed.

12/05/2019: ‘It’s people who do the bullying – but social media helps’ (Times Education Supplement)

I taught in colleges for over a decade and, before that, secondary schools for six years. During that time I saw the rise of social media as one of the primary ways that students interact with each other. It was a tool, a way to facilitate communication, a way to stay in touch, a way to share, a way to joke.

12/05/2019: Why ACEs are key to behaviour management (Times Education Supplement)

In 1998, a group of medical researchers carried out a large-scale analysis of the effects of a range of childhood stressors upon both mental and physical health. The number of effects surprised them, so much so they grouped the most significant impacts (these principally related to violence, abuse or addiction within the home) and called them “adverse childhood experiences”. This was the first ACE.

11/05/2019: Women prisoners: Are children unfairly punished by mum’s sentence? (Video) (BBC)

Two daughters open up to their mums about what it is like when they were in prison. Kiera has recently been reunited with mum Hayley, after years apart while Hayley was serving short sentences. Meanwhile, Issy has kept a relationship going with Lilly due to regular day release during her eight year sentence.

11/05/2019: Social media boycott ‘may be only way to protect children’ (Guardian)

A public boycott of social media may be the only way to force companies to protect children from abuse, the country’s leading child protection police officer has said. Simon Bailey, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead on child protection, said tech companies had abdicated their duty to safeguard children and were only paying attention due to fear of reputational damage.

10/05/2019: Anxiety found to be key factor in youth unemployment (Children and Young People Now)

Anxiety and depression are the biggest barriers faced by young people when looking for work, a new study has found. The research, commissioned by charity UK Youth and Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), revealed that one in four young people aged 16 to 25 were still unemployed at least a year after leaving education.

10/05/2019: £2 million programme to support children’s services tackling child exploitation (Community Care)

A national scheme aimed at delivering strategic support to areas battling criminal and sexual exploitation will draw on the expertise of children’s services from across England. The Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) programme was announced this week by the Department for Education (DfE). It will see a consortium led by Research in Practice, The Children’s Society and the University of Bedfordshire help local authority partnerships develop responses to threats in their areas.

10/05/2019: Schools ‘railroad’ vulnerable parents into off-rolling, say teachers (Times Education Supplement)

New research has revealed teachers’ concerns that schools “railroad” vulnerable parents who do not know their rights into off-rolling their children. Ofsted commissioned today’s study to better understand the extent of off-rolling, the illegal practice where pupils are removed from the roll to benefit the school rather than the child.

09/05/2019: School admissions ‘discriminate against looked-after children’ (Children and Young People Now)

Campaigners have claimed that looked-after children’s right to education is being breached after a survey found many schools may not be honouring the admissions code. The Independent Children’s Home Association (ICHA) has called for the Department for Education to intervene and do more to support admissions after 58 per cent of children’s home providers who responded to a survey said they do not think the Schools Admissions Code for Looked-After Children is being honoured by mainstream schools.

09/05/2019: Councils to receive rate rise for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (Children and Young People Now)

Councils supporting unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are to receive an increased day rate which for the first time does not take into account the child’s age or when they entered the UK. Announcing the move, immigration minister Caroline Nokes MP, said the new rate of £114 per child per night – equivalent to £41,610 a year – reflected the “incredibly valuable work” local authorities carried out with vulnerable unaccompanied children and the Home Office’s commitment in supporting them.

09/05/2019: Young people struggling to cope with exam stress turn to Childline (NSPCC)

New figures show that Childline gave 2,795 counselling sessions about exam stress in 2018/19 – around a third in April and May. Counselling sessions were most commonly with 15 or 16 year olds, when many are preparing for GCSEs.

08/05/2019: Data links youth service cuts to knife crime rise (Children and Young People Now)

Knife crime has risen more in areas which have seen the largest cuts to spending on youth services, according to new research carried out by a cross-party group of MPs. The data, published by the all-party parliamentary group (on knife crime, showed councils cut their youth services spending on average by 40 per cent over the past three years.

08/05/2019: DfE launches children’s centres review (Children and Young People Now)

The early years sector has cautiously welcomed the launch of a government review of children’s centres – which has been announced without fanfare. The Department for Education has confirmed that the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) will “look at children’s centres and other delivery models to find out what works well”.

07/05/2019: Schools face greater accountability for excluded pupils under Timpson plans (Children and Young People Now)

Schools should be held accountable for pupils they have excluded throughout their education – including their exam results – a government-backed review has recommended. The long-awaited review, led by former children’s minister Edward Timpson, makes 30 recommendations to improve arrangements for children and young people who have been excluded from school.

03/05/2019: Hinds launches evidence review into school SEND funding (Children and Young People Now)

The government has asked education leaders to provide evidence on the extent of the crisis in special needs provision and suggest ways that funding arrangements can be improved. Education Secretary Damian Hinds launched the call for evidence in a speech to the National Association of Head Teachers in which he praised the work of schools, teachers and support workers in improving outcomes for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.

02/05/2019: MDMA use is more risky than we thought (RussellWebster.com)

We have known for some years that MDMa (Ecstasy) has regained its popularity and that the much higher strength of modern tablets creates health risks. MDMA use tends to go up in the summer with many people attending music festivals seeing Ecstasy use as an integral part of the experience. So new research from ASI (Analytic Services International), TICTAC (the drug identification and information service which has been based at St George’s Hospital London for many years) and Queen Mary University of London based on detailed testing of 650 MDMA tablets seized by the police is particularly timely.

01/05/2019: Children’s services ‘at breaking point’, MPs say (BBC)

Children’s services in England are at breaking point and need a £3.1bn minimum funding boost by 2025, MPs say. The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee said current funding levels were unsustainable. Its report said as services tried to respond to growing demand, amid severe funding pressures, many were reliant on the goodwill of staff.

01/05/2019: MPs urge £3bn council funding injection in Spending Review (Children and Young People Now)

A funding boost of at least £3.1bn is needed to stem a children’s services crisis in England, a cross-party group of MPs has warned. The urgent call for action follows consistent warnings from local government that children’s services are at “breaking point” and the government should back local authorities with funding that meets demand.

30/04/2019: Anti-social behaviour ‘nightmare’ ignored, says report (BBC)

Anti-social behaviour that leaves victims “living a nightmare” is being ignored by authorities across England and Wales, a report warns. Victims’ Commissioner Baroness Newlove said police, local councils and housing providers were downplaying the harm caused by crimes such as vandalism. Victims being repeatedly targeted were left to “suffer in silence”, she said.

30/04/2019: 40 school children excluded daily in England as teen drink and drugs offences rise (Sky)

More children are being kicked out of school for taking and selling illegal drugs than ever before, according to figures seen exclusively by Sky News. There were 7,720 children excluded from English mainstream schools in 2016 to 2017, the most recent recorded year. This works out as 40 exclusions a day and is a 15% rise on the previous year.

30/04/2019: Reoffending from youth custody on the rise (Children and Young People Now)

The proportion of young people released from youth custody who go on to reoffend within 12 months has risen to its highest level for two years, according to latest official figures. Quarterly statistics published by the Ministry of Justice for the period April to June 2017 show 70.5 per cent of young offenders released from custody reoffended – the last time figures reached a higher level was for the same period in 2015 (71.4 per cent).

30/04/2019: Inside pupil referral units for excluded kids (Video) (Sky)

Jason Farrell looks at the units that are trying to turn round the lives of some of the country’s most difficult teenagers.

30/04/2019: Behaviour: A ‘naughty’ child is trying to tell you something (Times Education Supplement)

In Scottish education just now, there is a great deal of valid and useful debate about the language we use to describe the behaviour we see in the children with whom we work. The simple change from “challenging behaviour” to “distressed behaviour” led by Jennifer Knussen, headteacher of Pitteuchar East Primary School in Fife, has been incredibly helpful for so many of us in changing the emphasis on how we interpret and approach the behaviour we are seeing.

29/04/2019: Lonely young adults ‘in every kind of neighbourhood’ (BBC)

Loneliness can blight the lives young adults living in every kind of neighbourhood in the UK, a study says. Academics from King’s College London found loneliness was an issue in urban as well as rural areas and in wealthy areas as well as deprived ones. They say loneliness is a particular problem among young adults – regardless of gender or socio-economic background.

29/04/2019: Apple defends removing parental control apps (BBC)

Apple has defended its decision to remove a number of parental control apps from the App Store, citing security concerns. Several app-makers complained to the New York Times that Apple had taken their products off sale when it launched its own similar tools. But Apple said the apps were removed because they “put users’ privacy and security at risk”.

29/04/2019: BAME young carers need more support, says charity (Children and Young People Now)

Health and care services need to do more to identify young carers from black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities and provide them with support, a children’s charity has said. Health and care services need to do more to identify young carers from black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities and provide them with support, a children’s charity has said.

29/04/2019: The language of care unfairly labels children, and professionals are complicit (Community Care)

Children’s childhoods are being spoken of in a way which labels them, and which injures their right to be viewed like any child. To have a home, to have parents, a right to be allowed to develop away from feeling under scrutiny. A foster ‘carer’ recently told me that she overheard her two fostered children, aged nine and ten, playing at looked-after child (LAC) reviews. Taking it in turns to be the social worker discussing the other child’s progress and challenging behaviour.

29/04/2019: PRUs – The schools with a bad rep saving the kids everyone gave up on (Sky)

They disrupt the classroom, act like they don’t want to learn and in more extreme cases pose a physical danger to other students or teachers. New figures show drug and alcohol-related exclusions in secondary schools are up 57% in the last five years. Exclusions overall are up 15% year-on-year for the most recent recorded year, 2016-17.

29/04/2019: Call to end ‘draconian use of isolation booths’ to punish pupils (Times Education Supplement)

An MP has called for an end to the “draconian use” of isolation booths in schools to punish poor pupil behaviour. The call, which was made during education questions in the House of Commons this afternoon, came amid growing debate about the practice.

28/04/2019: Obesity and depression ‘hand-in-hand’ in children (BBC)

Obese seven-year-olds are at greater risk of suffering emotional problems, such as anxiety and low mood, when they reach 11, a large UK study suggests. The Liverpool researchers found obesity and mental health were closely linked, and gradually increased throughout childhood.
Girls tended to have higher BMIs and more emotional problems than boys.

28/04/2019: UK children’s health ‘harmed by gap with adult services’ (Guardian)

The health, safety and futures of the country’s most vulnerable children are being damaged by the gap between child and adult services, the UK’s main children’s charities have said. Unlike children in care, support for children in need stops at 18. But as few as 3% of vulnerable teenagers are referred to adult services. There is no requirement for local authorities to put in place a plan to help children transition to adulthood.

27/04/2019: Technology cuts children off from adults, warns expert (Guardian)

One of the world’s foremost authorities on child mental health today warns that technology is threatening child development by disrupting the crucial learning relationship between adults and children. Peter Fonagy, professor of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Developmental Science at UCL, who has published more than 500 scientific papers and 19 books, warns that the digital world is reducing contact time between the generations – a development with potentially damaging consequences.

26/04/2019: DfE ‘concerned’ at teachers’ lack of awareness about peer abuse guidance (Times Education Supplement)

A Department for Education minister has said he is “concerned” at the lack of awareness about new guidance on how schools should deal with incidents of peer-on-peer sexual abuse, Tes can reveal. In a letter to the Labour MP Emma Hardy, Nadhim Zahawi, the children and families minister, admitted that the DfE had to do “further work” to “raise awareness” about the advice.

25/04/2019: Manifesto draws on views of 76,000 girls and young women (Children and Young People Now)

Girl-led change on issues ranging from the environment to emotional wellbeing is at the heart of a new manifesto from Girlguiding UK. Future Girl sets out key aims for the future across five topics, drawn from the consultation responses of 76,000 girls and young women aged four to 25.

25/04/2019: Charity receives £4m gift for legal rights advice (Children and Young People Now)

Hundreds more families and young people are set to benefit from a £4m boost to a charity’s rights advice service, after Coram received the largest single gift in its near 300-year history. The donation made by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) will be used to fund an endowment, enabling the charity to scale up its work on delivering children’s rights.

25/04/2019: Demand management is making problems worse for local authorities under pressure (Community Care)

Research shows local authorities that are rationing spend on child protection have higher re-referrals and workforce churn. Social work leaders often talk about ‘managing demand’. For some this has probably become an all-consuming topic as they attempt to reconcile budget cuts and the impact of austerity policies. But the evidence is beginning to suggest that demand management is part of the problem rather than the solution – particularly for those local authorities with higher deprivation and less money.