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18/09/2021: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Understanding and Working with Children & YP

The day will first look at the Emotional and Psychic Development of Children and Adolescents.

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31/07/2021: Treating Depression in Young People Workshop with Dr Penny Utton (2-Day)

Join Dr Penny Utton for this 2-day workshop designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills for working with young people. This workshop is open to anyone with an interest in the subject matter, wants to develop their skills and expand their knowledge. This workshop is particularly appropriate for training and practising counsellors, psychotherapists, counselling psychologists and other mental health professionals.

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30/06/2021: Effective Drug and Alcohol education

Informed by our work with academic experts in the field and the evidence base for what works when teaching about alcohol and other drugs, this interactive online course will explore how PSHE education leads and teachers can plan and teach Drug and Alcohol education in primary schools. It will explore what makes effective, age-appropriate learning for primary pupils growing up in modern day Britain and how utilising positive social norms can support learning. The course will support your understanding of how to equip your pupils with the knowledge they need relating to alcohol and other drugs, as well as how to develop the skills and attitudes to manage pressure, and seek support.

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13/06/2021: Children’s access to online porn fuels sexual harassment, says commissioner

Curbs on children’s access to online pornography need to be brought in urgently to stop the spread of an activity that is partly to blame for normalising sexual harassment in schools, according to the new children’s commissioner for England. Dame Rachel de Souza is urging governments and tech companies to introduce age verification checks. She warned that access to hardcore pornography was shaping children’s expectations of relationships and was partly to blame for thousands of testimonies of sexual harassment by schoolchildren published on the Everyone’s Invited website over the last few months.

Source: Guardian

12/06/2021: TikTok: the new frontier for safeguarding issues

TikTok is a mystery to most adults. It may seem like a site for harmless dances and viral trends that teenagers enjoy – and for the most part, it is. But as with so many things on the internet, there is a danger of a darker side.

Source: Times Education Supplement

11/06/2021: Girls asked for nudes by up to 11 boys a night, Ofsted finds

Some girls can be contacted by up to 11 boys a night asking for nude images, the schools watchdog for England says. In an Ofsted survey, girls explained that if they blocked boys on social media “they just create multiple accounts to harass you”. The report also found nine in 10 girls experienced sexist name-calling or were sent explicit photos or videos.

Source: BBC

11/06/2021: ‘Cannabis sweets’: NI schools issue warning to parents

Schools in NI have been asked to warn parents and staff about pupils eating cannabis oil disguised as sweets. The Department of Education (DE) said a young child had to be assessed in hospital after they “inadvertently consumed cannabis” when eating the sweets. The warning came in a letter to all school principals from DE. It said children could suffer hallucinations, nausea or vomiting if they ate the sweets.

Source: BBC

11/06/2021: OnlyFans must do more to protect children, watchdog says

The children’s commissioner for England says OnlyFans needs to do more to stop underage users after the BBC revealed some were selling explicit videos. BBC News found under-18s have used fake identification to set up accounts on the site and police say a 14-year-old used her grandmother’s passport. Dame Rachel de Souza has written to the British website expressing her “shock” and “deepest concern” at the findings.

Source: BBC

11/06/2021: Why schools need to talk about loneliness

Lockdown, isolation and bereavement have all contributed to feelings of loneliness in the past year. Two charities have put together teaching resources to help. Since March 2020, all our lives have changed in ways that we could never have imagined. Every one of us has experienced anxiety, fear and, most likely, boredom.

Source: Times Education Supplement

11/06/2021: ‘Sex abuse in schools is an issue that shames us all’

This week Ofsted shone a bleak spotlight on what it’s like for many girls and young women to be just that: girls and young women. In a sobering report, inspectors revealed how prevalent sexual harassment and online sexual abuse is in the world that our children and young people inhabit. For many of them, incidents are so commonplace that they see no point in reporting them.

Source: Times Education Supplement

10/06/2021: More swearing but parents want children protected

People are increasingly likely to use strong swearing in their everyday life, says research from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). The body, which gives age ratings to films, says about a third of people in the UK are more likely to use strong swear words than five years ago. But the research found parents did not want age restrictions weakened for swearing in movies and DVDs. Parents wanted to protect children “for as long as possible” from swearing.

Source: BBC

10/06/2021: Sexual harassment ‘normalised’ in schools, Ofsted review finds

Sexual harassment and online abuse have become normalised for children and young people in schools, according to an investigation by Ofsted. Nine out of ten girls said the sending of unwanted explicit pictures and videos, as well as sexist name calling, was happening. Boys were found to be sharing nude pictures “like a collection game”, via private messaging platforms such as WhatsApp, Ofsted also found.

Source: Children and Young People Now

10/06/2021: Social workers to help schools tackle sexual abuse after Ofsted finds normalisation of harassment of girls

Social workers will be deployed to help schools tackle the ‘normalisation’ of sexual harassment and online sexual abuse identified by Ofsted in a report today. pilot in which social workers provide supervision to designated safeguarding leads (DSLs) within schools will be extended from 30 to 40 areas from September, the government announced today, with a focus on tackling sexual abuse. The Department for Education has funded What Works for Children’s Social Care’s (WWCSC) to expand its social worker supervision for DSLs project to a further 500 schools, amid early evidence that it is equipping school leads to tackle safeguarding concerns.

Source: Community Care

10/06/2021: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Court Bill: Extensive and Controversial Proposed Changes to the Youth Justice System

This Bill proposes significant change across the criminal justice system, including how children and young people are sentenced and how they are managed in the community. The bill is currently at the Committee stage; Following its second reading in the House of Commons in March 2021, the passing of the controversial Bill was subsequently pushed back by a few weeks and it is now not expected back in Parliament until the summer.

Source: Youth Justice Legal Centre

10/06/2021: New knife crime toolkit

The Mayor of London’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) has just published a new Knife Crime Toolkit designed for professionals to use with children and young people who are at risk of carrying or using a knife. The toolkit is aimed at staff in Youth Offending Teams for young people on court orders or prevention programmes, and at youth workers, Early Help and other social care officers, teachers and school staff and staff in secure settings.

Source: Work with Offenders

10/06/2021: Review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges

Ofsted was asked by the government to carry out a rapid review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges. This report summarises our findings and recommendations.

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09/06/2021: Cross-sector partnership championing youth work to be set up

UK Youth is looking to create a cross-sector strategy across youth support services by 2025 to champion and improve the delivery of youth work. A key aim is to make it easier for young people to access support by improving collaboration across services.

Source: Children and Young People Now

09/06/2021: Profits from English children’s care homes indefensible, bosses to be told

The children’s residential care home sector is “broken” and dominated by private companies that rack up excessive profits despite delivering consistently poor outcomes for young people, a government adviser is to say. Josh MacAlister, the head of the government’s review of children’s social care, will warn children’s homes bosses they must cut “indefensible” profits and improve the experience of young people in care or run the risk of intervention.

Source: Guardian

07/06/2021: Thousands of divorced parents got cut off from their children amid Covid court chaos as pandemic slowed down the system

Thousands of separated and divorced parents have lost contact with their children because of the effects of the pandemic on the courts. A record 9,000 applied to the courts last year for help to see their children as contact arrangements among divided families broke down, Whitehall figures show. But the slowdown in hearings during lockdown has meant that only a handful have won assistance from judges to re-establish their rights.

Source: Daily Mail

06/06/2021: ‘Young people need help’: parents call for change in eating disorder care

It is more than eight years since Averil Hart died after being found passed out in her university room, but the words left in her diary are etched in her father’s mind. “She said: ‘dear God please help me’ and that was four or five days before she collapsed,” says Nic Hart. “It sums up what many young people desperately need. They need help. Here we are eight-and-a-half years on and what has changed?”

Source: Guardian

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