11/11/2022: Plymouth – Social Media for Schools

Millions of parents (and pupils) use social media every day. At best it can be a very powerful communications tool. At worst social media can endanger your pupils, your staff and your reputation. This course is all about how you can use social media to communicate more effectively with parents – and how to avoid the pitfalls!

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09/11/2022: SafeTALK

SafeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 16, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.

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09/11/2022: EYFS: Supporting every child to thrive

This conference will offer invaluable advice from leading experts and organisations. And by learning how other settings have altered their ways of working and environments to support and celebrate children with SEND, practitioners will be empowered to embrace the contributions of every child and enable them to maximise their health, wellbeing and life chances so they can thrive.

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19/10/2022: Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses are for everyone who works with, lives with or supports young people aged 8-18. They will teach you the skills and confidence to spot the signs of mental health issues in a young person, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need. In doing so, you can speed up a young person’s recovery and stop a mental health issue from getting worse.

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10/10/2022: #Hello Yellow

This World Mental Health Day, thousands across the country are coming together to say #HelloYellow. Join us on 10 October to show young people that how they feel matters, and help us create a future where all young people get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.
To take part, simply wear yellow, donate what you can to YoungMinds, and post a photo on social media.

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05/10/2022: Mental Health First Aid Course

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. MHFA England training won’t teach you to be a therapist, but just like physical first aid, it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis .

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05/10/2022: Lets Talk Teens – focussed sessions: Online challenges

Let’s Talk Teenagers sessions have been running for a few months to raise awareness for parents or carers of Teens about the challenges they face and offering tips and guidance on how to support.

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04/10/2022: Lets Talk Teens – focussed sessions: Bullying

Let’s Talk Teenagers sessions have been running for a few months to raise awareness for parents or carers of Teens about the challenges they face and offering tips and guidance on how to support.

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03/10/2022: Supporting Bereaved Pupils

This one-day course is for all adults working with children in primary or secondary schools, including headteachers, teachers, support staff and governors. It will be of particular relevance to those with pastoral responsibilities for pupils and students.

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28/09/2022: Early help: Policy, practice and impact

The impact of the cost-of-living crisis on child poverty and on families struggling to cope has put the need for effective early help as high as ever. Early help is the golden thread that runs through a multitude of vital programmes and services for children, young people and families that promote overall wellbeing and prevent the need for crisis interventions. CYP Now’s 9th national Early Help conference takes place in central London on Wednesday 28th September 2022.

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28/09/2022: Just one in five teachers confident in delivering lessons to tackle sexual harassment

Most teachers lack the confidence to deliver lessons around countering harmful sexual behaviour and sexual harassment, a report is warning. Among secondary school teachers, just 19 per cent said they were confident enough to advise pupils on these subjects within sex and relationships education (SRE) lessons.

Source: Children and Young People Now

27/09/2022: Lets Talk Teens – focussed sessions: Anger and challenging behaviour

Let’s Talk Teenagers sessions have been running for a few months to raise awareness for parents or carers of Teens about the challenges they face and offering tips and guidance on how to support.

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27/09/2022: Harnessing Parental Engagement: A free webinar from the Serious Violence Prevention Partnership

For young people on the verge of criminality, family relationships are crucial – they can make or break future life chances. Improving parental engagement can help ensure the vital emotional, practical and financial support that’s needed to keep vulnerable young people on track and restore multi-generational faith in the criminal justice system. In this webinar, you’ll learn more about tackling this difficult social policy area and understand how harnessing parental engagement could help reduce reoffending. For further information, click on the link for more information and a link to the webinar on MS Teams

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27/09/2022: ‘I’m just not good enough’: Words from ‘depressive’ Instagram post were used in note Molly Russell left behind, inquest hears

Molly Russell left behind a note quoting an Instagram post which said ‘I’m just not good enough’ before taking her life, an inquest heard yesterday. Oliver Sanders KC, the Russell family’s lawyer, suggested the ‘dreadful, disgusting’ content the 14-year-old viewed on the platform, had ‘influenced’ her real-world actions.

Source: Daily Mail

27/09/2022: Keeping Young People In Contact With The Justice System Safe

Last Friday (23 September 2022), Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation published the latest in their Research and Analysis Bulletin series: The identification of safety concerns relating to children. A key objective for those delivering youth offending services is to keep children and other people safe, which sits alongside and supports the all-important nurturing and strengths-focused work that helps children to realise their potential.

Source: Russell Webster

27/09/2022: DfE names Kelly Tolhurst as minister for schools and childhood

Kelly Tolhurst has been named as the Department for Education’s new minister for schools and childhood. Tolhurst, MP for Rochester and Strood, who was deputy chief whip at the Treasury, will take on responsibilities previously shared between the roles of children’s minister and schools minister.

Source: Children and Young People Now

27/09/2022: Psychiatrist ‘unable to sleep’ after seeing material viewed by Molly Russell

A child psychiatrist has told the inquest into Molly Russell’s death he was unable to sleep well for “a few weeks” after seeing social media content viewed by the teenager before she killed herself. Dr Navin Venugopal told North London coroner’s court the self-harm content viewed by Molly before her death was “very disturbing” and “distressing”.

Source: Guardian

26/09/2022: What’s It Like Being Addicted To Gambling?

True to life, even a gambling addiction has to start somewhere. I suppose my actual beginning was when I was very young and waiting outside the bookmakers for my uncle to place his bets on the days horse racing. Betting shops were seen as dark places, filled with smoke and old men who had nothing better to do. I guess this would be my beginning, but in those days you had to be 18 to enter, just like today.

Source: Russell Webster

26/09/2022: Why language matters: “hidden” in plain sight

“Hidden men” and “invisible fathers” are terms often used in response to the idea that male caregivers in a child’s life can sometimes be excluded from services or overlooked by professionals working with children and their families.

Source: NSPCC

26/09/2022: TikTok may be fined £27m for failing to protect children

TikTok could face a £27m fine for failing to protect children’s privacy when they’re using the platform. The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) found the video-sharing platform may have processed the data of under-13s without appropriate consent.

Source: BBC