18/03/2021: Online Safety Live England

The UK Safer Internet Centre are delivering a FREE 90-minute virtual Online Safety briefing via Microsoft Teams. Open to all professionals who work with children and young people, this event will give you the latest in online safety research, legislation, technology, tools and resources along with exclusive access to the presentation and resource materials.

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18/03/2021: Online Safety Live England (Afternoon)

The UK Safer Internet Centre are delivering a FREE 90-minute virtual Online Safety briefing via Microsoft Teams. Open to all professionals who work with children and young people, this event will give you the latest in online safety research, legislation, technology, tools and resources along with exclusive access to the presentation and resource materials.

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01/03/2021: Children and Young People’s Mental Health Summit 2021

We are bringing together leading mental health experts to equip you with the understanding, skills and confidence to support good mental health and wellbeing for all children and young people during these difficult times, and for all times.

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01/03/2021: Study shows one-in-three children have rarely been leaving the house

A new study indicates that only a third of children in Bradford had sufficient exercise in the first lockdown, last spring – and that a similar proportion were rarely leaving the home. Dr John Wright, of Bradford Royal Infirmary, says this is contributing to a different kind of health crisis, one that began long before the pandemic, but risks becoming worse because of it.

Source: BBC

01/03/2021: Why this teen set up a prize-winning fake cosmetics shop

Disturbed by reports of rising domestic violence under coronavirus lockdown, a Polish high school student decided to launch a fake online shop to offer a lifeline to victims trapped in their homes. Her idea won a European Union prize that came with €10,000 (£8,700; $12,120). “Firstly, I heard about the increase in domestic violence cases during the pandemic. Then I heard about a French initiative, where people go to the pharmacy and ask for a special mask that lets the pharmacist know they are a victim of domestic violence,” Krystyna Paszko explained.

Source: BBC

01/03/2021: Poorer students ‘three A-level grades behind better-off peers’

The first study to measure the education “disadvantage gap” amongst sixth form and college students has found that poorer pupils are on average the equivalent of three whole A-level grades behind their better off peers. The study, funded by the Nuffield Foundation and conducted by the Education Policy Institute (EPI), found that the gap in attainment is largely a result of poorer students already having lower grades at the end of their GCSEs.

Source: Children and Young People Now

01/03/2021: Care Review officially launches as experts panel revealed

England’s Independent Review of Children’s Social Care has officially launched with the naming of its experts by experience group. It was today (1 March) announced that work is “underway” as chair Josh MacAlister revealed the review’s new website and Twitter account as well as the names of 16 people successfully appointed to the experts by experience group.

Source: Children and Young People Now

01/03/2021: New measures added to Domestic Abuse legislation

Work with offenders on three important new amendments. Women’s campaigners have fought a long and hard campaign to ensure that the Domestic Abuse Bill has the powers it needs to protect victims of domestic abuse. The Bill was first promised by the Government almost four years ago, it started its progress through parliament only to fall because of the pressures of Brexit and the 2019 general election. The Bill was reintroduced to parliament last March and will start its report stage next week. However, it does appear that the co-ordinated campaign has been successful in many ways.

Source: Work with Offenders

28/02/2021: Counselling service sees rise in caseload

More counsellors are needed due to the rising number of young people with mental health problems in lockdown, a charity has warned. Bedford Open Door, a service for 13 to 25 year olds, said it needed to “increase capacity to meet demand”. Michele Flynn, operations manager, said they had seen increases in the number of youngsters who were self-harming or had suicidal thoughts.

Source: BBC

27/02/2021: Doctors fear new child mental health crisis in UK, made worse by Covid

A surge in child mental health cases is expected to emerge as schools reopen next week, amid warnings of a “crisis on top of a crisis” hitting vulnerable children during the pandemic. Paediatricians, psychologists and charitable groups providing mental health support all told the Observer they were seeing increasing demand and warned of another surge as lockdown is lifted. Several reported longer waiting lists for young people in need of help.

Source: Guardian

27/02/2021: How we’ve made wellbeing a taught subject in our school

Wellbeing is often spoken of as a priority – but here one leader explains how her school has embedded it in its curriculum. When we planned for the opening of our new school, I and the founders wanted wellbeing to be something embedded throughout the school, not just as an ethos but as a taught subject – and at all ages.

Source: Times Education Supplement

26/02/2021: New £20m fund focuses on keeping children out of justice system

A new £20m investment from the Youth Endowment Fund (YEF) will be used to evaluate programmes aimed at keeping children out of the criminal justice system. The fund is the first of two £20m pots created following a four-month consultation with young people with lived experience of violence and professionals working with them.

Source: Children and Young People Now

26/02/2021: Anti-racism toolkit launched by leadership group

The Black FE Leadership Group has launched a 10-point tool kit to inform, guide and challenge further education providers to tackle racism and promote diversity, inclusivity and equality across the sector. The group wants the toolkit to be used by education providers and governing organisations across the FE sector, including the Department for Education and the Education and Skills Funding Agency, as well as member organisations such as the Association of Colleges and the Association of Employment and Learning Providers.

Source: Times Education Supplement

25/02/2021: Government urged to ensure convicted sex offenders cannot work as tutors

The government is being urged to close a legal loophole to stop convicted sex offenders working with children as private tutors. The impact of closed schools during the Covid-19 pandemic has led to an increase in demand for private tuition. Although most tutors working for agencies are required to have a DBS check, including those signed up for the government’s National Tutor Programme, private tutors are not legally required to have their background record checked before working with children.

Source: BBC

25/02/2021: Spy agency turns to AI to tackle child abuse

UK intelligence agency GCHQ intends to use artificial intelligence to tackle issues from child sexual abuse to disinformation and human trafficking. The UK’s adversaries were already using the technology, it said. The agency has published a paper, Ethics of AI: Pioneering a New National Security, saying the technology will be put at the heart of its operations. And officials say it will help analysts spot patterns hidden inside large – and fast growing – amounts of data.

Source: BBC

25/02/2021: Police and crime commissioner candidates urged to end criminalisation of care-experienced children

Campaigners are calling on candidates running for police and crime commissioner roles in England and Wales to help reduce the criminalisation of children in care and care leavers. The National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) has today (24 February) launched its Trouble with the Law campaign and is urging all candidates to recognise and support care-experienced children and young people.

Source: Children and Young People Now

25/02/2021: Mental health will be the biggest problem facing young people by 2040, doctors warn

The biggest challenge facing children and young people by 2040 will be poor mental health, according to a Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) report. More than four out of ten (43 per cent) of RCPCH members said that poor mental health was the biggest future burden on children’s health services within the next 19 years.

Source: Children and Young People Now

25/02/2021: #Chances4Children: 30,000 under-13s access mental health support over text

More than 30,000 children under the age of 13 have accessed mental health support using 24/7 texting services during the Covid-19 pandemic, new research shows. A new report by Shout 85258, Half a Million Conversations Through a Pandemic: the Power of Text for Providing 24/7 Digital Mental Health Support, states that of more than 213,000 people of all ages across the UK using its flagship digital service, 36,559 conversations took place with texters aged 13 and under.

Source: Children and Young People Now

25/02/2021: Funding cuts hitting UK youth services as demand grows, report says

UK youth services are failing to meet increasing demand during the pandemic while facing a rapid decrease in funding, a report has revealed. The research from UK Youth, a leading charity for the sector, into the impact of Covid-19 on youth services found that 66% of the 1,759 organisations surveyed said there had been an increase in demand. Despite this greater need for their services, 83% reported that their level of funding had decreased while 64% said they were at risk of closure in the next 12 months.

Source: Guardian

24/02/2021: Two thirds of youth organisations report increase in demand

Two thirds of youth services have seen an increase in demand for support for young people during the Covid-19 pandemic amid huge funding cuts, a survey has revealed. A survey of more than 1,700 youth organisations by UK Youth found that 66 per cent have seen a rise in demand for their services, while the majority (83 per cent) have seen their income fall.

Source: Children and Young People Now