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06/10/2022: Universities told to contact students’ loved ones to stop suicides

Universities are being told to contact key family members, carers or friends if they have serious concerns about a student’s mental health – even without their permission. Students should register a . . . “trusted contact” when they start university, according to new guidance.
BBC

03/10/2022: Cost of living: Young cancer patients ‘in a desperate situation’

Charities are warning that young cancer patients facing soaring living costs are in a “desperate” situation. Both Macmillan Cancer Support and Young Lives vs Cancer say they’ve seen dramatic increases . . . in the number of people asking for emergency grants.
BBC

03/10/2022: Attachment Theory In Probation Practice

Attachment theory can contribute to work with people on probation in conceptualising the supervisory relationship, and in understanding offending, risk and relationships.

Russell Webster

03/10/2022: Around 2.6 million young people used an illegal drug in past year, charity finds

According to youth charity The Mix, there has been a 75% increase since last year in young people using substances to help them with life’s problems, with one in five users doing just that.

Sky

02/10/2022: April Jones: Is the internet safer after April Jones’ murder?

April Jones’ murder brought policies that were “game-changers” in protecting children, says one regulatory body. April, five, from Machynlleth, Powys, was abducted and killed in 2012 by Mark Bridger, . . . who had a mass of child abuse images on his computer. Her parents pushed for change and the Internet Watch Foundation were given powers that has since seen them remove millions of images.
BBC

02/10/2022: Third of primary school teachers ‘struggling to buy food’ as cost of living crisis sparks fears for education

A third of primary school teachers are struggling to afford food as a result of the cost of living crisis, sparking concerns for children’s education. In a poll shared exclusively with The . . . Independent, nearly 30 per cent said financial pressures were also impacting their ability to do their job well.
Independent

01/10/2022: How vulnerable teenagers are being bombarded with a torrent of self-harm and suicide content within minutes of joining the platform

Vulnerable teenagers are being bombarded with a torrent of self-harm and suicide content on TikTok within minutes of joining the platform, a Daily Mail investigation found. An account set up by the . . . Daily Mail as 14-year-old Emily was shown posts about suicidal thoughts within five minutes of expressing an interest in depression content.
Daily Mail

01/10/2022: ‘Poisonous’: how WhatsApp is exposing UK school children to bullying and harmful content

Teachers say they are powerless to deal with damaging elements of social media and are calling for more parental vigilance. Victoria Tully, co-headteacher at Fulham Cross girls’ school, a state . . . secondary in west London, had no idea that her new first years had invited people from outside the school to join their WhatsApp group.
Guardian

30/09/2022: The school fines lottery for parents with absent children

Parents in England whose children miss school face harsher penalties depending on where they live, a BBC Panorama investigation has found. Fines, which begin at £60, but rise if not paid promptly, . . . totalled more than £8.6m in the past school year. But some local councils told us no penalties had been issued, while other authorities handed out thousands.
BBC

30/09/2022: Molly Russell: Social media a factor in teenager’s death, coroner says

BBC

30/09/2022: In her own words – Molly Russell’s secret Twitter account

BBC

30/09/2022: Social media firms ‘monetising misery’, says Molly Russell’s father after inquest

Guardian

30/09/2022: Molly Russell inquest findings

NSPCC

29/09/2022: Young non-smokers told not to take up vaping by experts

BBC

29/09/2022: How social workers can help schools address harmful sexual behaviour

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Youth Justice

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

Russell Webster

21/09/2022: “Dysfunctional” Custody System Failing Girls

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21/09/2022: Howard League responds to inspection reports on girls in custody

The Howard League for Penal Reform

16/09/2022: Neurodiversity And The Revolving Door Of Crisis And Crime

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Trauma informed

26/08/2022: Special Report: Trauma-Informed Services

Children and Young People Now

24/06/2022: Young people laud youth work role in tackling trauma

Children and Young People Now

13/06/2022: Call for specialist teams to prevent early childhood trauma

Children and Young People Now

04/05/2022: Police force launches trauma-informed care for children in custody

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Care experience

22/09/2022: PCCs urged to step up support for care-experienced young people

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08/09/2022: Foster carer recruitment appeal launches amid surge in demand

Children and Young People Now

07/09/2022: Call for independent visitor scheme to be extended to age 25

Children and Young People Now

01/09/2022: DfE appoints MacAlister to advise on care review implementation

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Safeguarding

02/10/2022: April Jones: Is the internet safer after April Jones’ murder?

BBC

01/10/2022: How vulnerable teenagers are being bombarded with a torrent of self-harm and suicide content within minutes of joining the platform

Daily Mail

01/10/2022: ‘Poisonous’: how WhatsApp is exposing UK school children to bullying and harmful content

Guardian

30/09/2022: Molly Russell: Social media a factor in teenager’s death, coroner says

BBC

Exploitation

30/08/2022: Investigation into alleged child grooming gang in Hull reopened to look at ‘number of lines of inquiry’

Sky

15/08/2022: Record number of children referred as victims of trafficking

Children and Young People Now

03/07/2022: Human traffickers ‘using UK universities as cover’

Guardian

09/06/2022: Legal guide on Child Criminal Exploitation updated

Youth Justice Legal Centre

Online Safety

02/10/2022: April Jones: Is the internet safer after April Jones’ murder?

BBC

01/10/2022: How vulnerable teenagers are being bombarded with a torrent of self-harm and suicide content within minutes of joining the platform

Daily Mail

01/10/2022: ‘Poisonous’: how WhatsApp is exposing UK school children to bullying and harmful content

Guardian

30/09/2022: Molly Russell: Social media a factor in teenager’s death, coroner says

BBC

Harmful Sexual Behaviour

29/09/2022: How social workers can help schools address harmful sexual behaviour

Community Care

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

Children and Young People Now

25/07/2022: Responding to Scenarios – Advice from the Harmful Sexual Behaviour Support Service

South West Grid for Learning

11/07/2022: The Harmful Sexual Behaviour Support Service – Supporting Professionals Throughout England

South West Grid for Learning

Drugs

03/10/2022: Around 2.6 million young people used an illegal drug in past year, charity finds

Sky

25/09/2022: Up to £5m funding to support county lines victims

BBC

24/09/2022: Catch22 to provide support for victims of County Lines exploitation

Catch-22

21/09/2022: Cannabis sweets ‘marketed at children’ being widely sold on social media

Sky

Diversity

21/09/2022: “Dysfunctional” Custody System Failing Girls

Russell Webster

12/09/2022: Delay launch of new SEND inspection framework say children’s services leaders

Children and Young People Now

03/09/2022: ‘They just want parents to go away’: complaints soar as special needs schooling crisis spirals

Guardian

20/08/2022: Pronouns, loos and uniforms: how schools became the gender wars frontline

Guardian

Health

06/10/2022: Universities told to contact students’ loved ones to stop suicides

BBC

03/10/2022: Cost of living: Young cancer patients ‘in a desperate situation’

BBC

03/10/2022: Around 2.6 million young people used an illegal drug in past year, charity finds

Sky

30/09/2022: Molly Russell: Social media a factor in teenager’s death, coroner says

BBC

Education

06/10/2022: Universities told to contact students’ loved ones to stop suicides

BBC

30/09/2022: The school fines lottery for parents with absent children

BBC

29/09/2022: How social workers can help schools address harmful sexual behaviour

Community Care

29/09/2022: Behaviour adviser urges English schools to crack down on pupils’ vaping

Guardian

Domestic Violence

12/09/2022: Domestic Violence Perpetrators And Neurodiversity

Russell Webster

28/03/2022: Tip-off plan to expose wife beaters as Priti Patel prepares to announce national register of domestic abusers

Daily Mail

18/02/2022: SmartWater: The forensic spray helping keep women safe

Children and Young People Now

02/02/2022: Warning over gaps in support for child victims of domestic abuse

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