06/10/2022: Universities told to contact students’ loved ones to stop suicides
Category: Education, Health
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.
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.
03/10/2022: Attachment Theory In Probation Practice
Category: Family, Professionalism
Attachment theory can contribute to work with people on probation in conceptualising the supervisory relationship, and in understanding offending, risk and relationships.
03/10/2022: Around 2.6 million young people used an illegal drug in past year, charity finds
Category: Drugs, Health
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.
02/10/2022: April Jones: Is the internet safer after April Jones’ murder?
Category: Online, Safeguarding
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.
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.
01/10/2022: How vulnerable teenagers are being bombarded with a torrent of self-harm and suicide content within minutes of joining the platform
Category: Online, Safeguarding
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.
01/10/2022: ‘Poisonous’: how WhatsApp is exposing UK school children to bullying and harmful content
Category: Online, Safeguarding
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.
30/09/2022: The school fines lottery for parents with absent children
Category: Education, Family
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.
30/09/2022: Molly Russell: Social media a factor in teenager’s death, coroner says
Category: Health, Online, Safeguarding
The “negative effects of online content” were a factor in the death of a girl who took her own life, an inquest has found. Coroner Andrew Walker said material viewed by 14-year-old Molly Russell on social media “shouldn’t have been available for a child to see”. Molly, from Harrow, viewed thousands of images of self-harm and suicide before she died in November 2017.
30/09/2022: In her own words – Molly Russell’s secret Twitter account
Category: Online, Safeguarding
Unsafe online content contributed “in a more than minimal way” to the death of 14-year-old Molly Russell, an inquest found on Friday. Early in the inquest it was revealed that Molly – who took her own life in 2017 – had a secret Twitter account which she used to express her thoughts about her worsening depression.
30/09/2022: Social media firms ‘monetising misery’, says Molly Russell’s father after inquest
Coroner finds harmful online content likely to have contributed to Molly’s death ‘in a more than minimal way’. Molly Russell’s father has accused the world’s biggest social media firms of “monetising misery” after an inquest ruled that harmful online content contributed to the 14-year-old’s death.
30/09/2022: Molly Russell inquest findings
Category: Online, Safeguarding
The inquest findings into the death of Molly Russell released today, told she took her own life while suffering from depression and had interacted with harmful social media content. Unsafe online content contributed “in a more than minimal way” to the death of a girl who took her own life, an inquest has found.
29/09/2022: Young non-smokers told not to take up vaping by experts
Young non-smokers are being advised not to take up vaping. Researchers looked at the evidence and say while vaping is far safer than cigarettes, the long-term effects of vapes are still unknown. Vaping causes less exposure to harmful toxins than smoking, say the experts, who were tasked by the government with looking at the issue.
29/09/2022: How social workers can help schools address harmful sexual behaviour
Category: Education, Harmful Sexual Behaviour, Professionalism
Social workers are often expected to be the experts in responding to harmful sexual behaviour by children, but their training can often make them feel powerless to act. A new guide from The CSA Centre seeks to help.
29/09/2022: Instagram and Pinterest were ‘ignorantly blind’ and contributed to the death of 14-year-old Molly Russell, inquest hears
Category: Online, Safeguarding
Schoolgirl Molly Russell liked more than 2,000 images about depression, suicide and self-harm before taking her own life but Instagram and Pinterest were ‘ignorantly blind’ to their part in her death, an inquest heard today. The 14-year-old from Harrow, northwest London, died in 2017 after hiding her ‘demons’ from her family while viewing thousands of harrowing posts and videos.
29/09/2022: Behaviour adviser urges English schools to crack down on pupils’ vaping
Category: Education, Health
The government’s school behaviour adviser has called on headteachers to crack down on vaping among pupils, calling it “a huge health hazard” and an “enormous distraction”, amid reports that more children are using the devices, including some of primary age.
28/09/2022: Just one in five teachers confident in delivering lessons to tackle sexual harassment
Category: Education, Harmful Sexual Behaviour, Health, Professionalism
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.
28/09/2022: DfE merges schools and children’s social care responsibilities under new minister
Category: Education, Politics, Professionalism
Kelly Tolhurst becomes sixth children’s social care minister in four years, but appointment sees role upgraded in status from junior to mid-ranking ministerial level.
27/09/2022: ‘I’m just not good enough’: Words from ‘depressive’ Instagram post were used in note Molly Russell left behind, inquest hears
Category: Health, Online
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.
27/09/2022: Keeping Young People In Contact With The Justice System Safe
Category: Youth Justice
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.
27/09/2022: DfE names Kelly Tolhurst as minister for schools and childhood
Category: Education, Politics
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.
27/09/2022: Psychiatrist ‘unable to sleep’ after seeing material viewed by Molly Russell
Category: Online, Safeguarding
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”.
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.
26/09/2022: Why language matters: “hidden” in plain sight
Category: Family, Safeguarding
“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.
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.
26/09/2022: Children’s happiness continues to decline, annual wellbeing survey reveals
One in nine children have poor wellbeing and their happiness in life continues to decline, the Children’s Society’s annual Good Childhood Report has revealed. The charity’s annual report, based on analysis collected from 2,100 children whose families are taking part in the long-running Understanding Society project, shows that six percent of 10- to 15-year-olds say they are unhappy with life as a whole, up from four per cent a decade ago.
26/09/2022: How a back-to-basics approach to Signs of Safety is helping social workers embrace the model
Category: Family, Professionalism
North East Lincolnshire has reinvigorated the way it rolls out Signs of Safety with the introduction of training modules, refresher sessions and dedicated practice champions. Social workers explain how the initiative is already having an impact. “Something as simple as creating words and pictures meant a four-year-old boy, who initially thought I would remove him from his parents, trusted me enough to tell me his worries.”
26/09/2022: Ofsted raises concerns over use of restraints on pupils in special needs school
Category: Education, Professionalism
Concerns over the use of physical restraint on pupils with complex special educational needs at a school in Suffolk have been raised by inspectors in a highly critical report.
25/09/2022: Schools in England warn of crisis of ‘heartbreaking’ rise in hungry children
Category: Education, Family, Health
Headteachers and food aid charities say they are struggling to cope with growing demand from families unable to afford food. Children are so hungry that they are eating rubbers or hiding in the playground because they can’t afford lunch, according to reports from headteachers across England.
25/09/2022: Up to £5m funding to support county lines victims
Category: County Lines, Drugs, Violence
The Home Office has allocated up to £5m to support victims of county lines exploitation over the next three years. Support services in London, the West Midlands, Merseyside and Greater Manchester will be expanded. County lines involves drug gangs grooming children or vulnerable adults to run drugs from one city to often more rural parts of the country.
24/09/2022: Oxfordshire teen arrested in police hacking investigation
A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of hacking as part of an investigation by the National Crime Agency. City of London Police said the 17-year-old, from Oxfordshire, was detained on Thursday evening as part of an inquiry supported by the UK’s National Cyber Crime Unit.
24/09/2022: Molly Russell inquest: Instagram clips seen by teen ‘most distressing’
Category: Health, Online
The inquest of a 14-year-old girl who took her own life has been examining the impact of material she viewed on Instagram in the run-up to her death. Molly Russell, from Harrow, north-west London, engaged with numerous accounts referring to self-harm, depression or suicide before killing herself in 2017.
24/09/2022: Catch22 to provide support for victims of County Lines exploitation
Category: County Lines, Drugs
Catch22 has been awarded a contract by the Home Office to support hundreds of victims of exploitation from drug gangs through an expanded County Lines support service. The service will operate in four priority locations of the country, where young people are often targeted – London, West Midlands, Merseyside and Greater Manchester.
23/09/2022: Rape posts every half-hour found on online incel forum
Category: Online, Violence against Women and Girls
Discussions on a major forum for incels are growing more violent, a new study by the Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) has warned. Incels – short for Involuntary Celibate – hold misogynistic beliefs, and some have launched violent attacks. The CCDH research suggests that, on average, a post about rape was published to the forum every 29 minutes.
23/09/2022: Kwarteng pledges to ‘move forward’ with controversial childcare reforms
Category: Education, Family, Politics
Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng has announced plans to “bring forward reforms to improve access to affordable, flexible childcare”, in his first mini budget.
23/09/2022: Childcare ratios: sector responds to government consultation
The early years sector has expressed concern in responses to the government’s consultation into regulatory changes to childcare, with experts warning the proposed change to adult-to-child ratios could be “catastrophic” for providers.
23/09/2022: Molly Russell inquest hears defence of Instagram content policies
Category: Bullying, Health, Online
A senior executive at Instagram’s parent company has defended the platform’s policies on suicide and self-harm content, telling the inquest into Molly Russell’s death that guidelines had always been drafted in consultation with experts.
23/09/2022: March 2022 statistics on Cautioning and Sentencing of Knife and Offensive Weapon Offences
Published in August 2022, statistics produced by the Ministry of Justice (“MoJ”) outline the trends in the number of offenders receiving cautions and convictions for possession of a knife or other offensive weapon in England and Wales.
22/09/2022: Cost of living: Students struggling with impact of soaring prices
Category: Education, Health
Students are facing financial and mental health concerns as soaring prices take a toll on their wellbeing, a survey has suggested. More than eight in 10 of those asked said they worried about making ends meet, with the average maintenance loan falling short of living costs.
The Good Childhood Report 2022 (26/09/2022)
“Our Good Childhood Report 2022 shows that children’s happiness continues to decline. Young people are on average less happy with their life as a whole, school, friends and how they look than ten years ago. Young people are telling us what needs to change and we must listen.”
The identification of safety concerns relating to children (The identification of safety concerns relating to children) (23/09/2022)
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. The focus in this bulletin is upon the assessment stage of youth justice work, recognising that it is vital to identify all potential safety concerns and sources of harm in order to mitigate and prevent any dangers.
Design brief: A new vision of support for care-experienced young adults (22/09/2022)
During National Care Leavers’ Week 2021, we launched a new group project – Sky’s the Limit – to redesign ‘leaving care’ and offer a fresh and aspirational vision for how the care system should be supporting care-experienced young adults.
Let’s Talk Teenagers: A supportive tool kit to help parents understand & navigate challenging behaviours (01/09/2022)
Young people want to feel they’re being listened to, not being told, so going in hard and laying down the law is unlikely to ever lead to an honest response. You’re much more likely to get through to them if you try to start a dialogue. Throughout this booklet are suggestions for difficult conversations and ways of starting the conversation.
Child to Parent Abuse (Dr Amanda Holt, HM Inspectorate of Probation) (24/08/2022)
There is now compelling research evidence about the impacts of child to parent abuse on families. Aside from the physical injuries caused by the violence, there are wider impacts for parents/carers in terms of their psychological health (e.g. anxiety and depression), financial harms (e.g. loss of income and home, property damage), family relationships (e.g. marital conflict), and harms to social life (including social withdrawal and isolation) (Holt, 2016).
Turning the tide against online child sexual abuse (The Police Foundation) (19/07/2022)
The internet has enabled the production and consumption of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) on an industrial scale. It has also created new opportunities for adults to sexually abuse and exploit children. The volume of online child sexual abuse offences is now so great that it has simply overwhelmed the ability of law enforcement agencies, internationally, to respond.
Searching, Screening and Confiscation: Advice for schools (13/07/2022)
This publication is intended to explain the screening, searching and confiscating powers a school has, ensuring that headteachers and members of staff have the confidence to use these powers and schools are a calm, safe and supportive environment to learn and work. This publication also provides advice to headteachers and staff on their related legal duties when it comes to these powers.
Education inside penal detention for children in England (01/07/2022)
Educational provision in prisons and secure training centres is woefully inadequate for children in both quantity and quality. This guide outlines key steps that practitioners can take to address the problem. Published jointly by the Howard League for Penal Reform and Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (IPSEA), it reveals that more than two-thirds of children in custody have special educational needs.
Childhood trauma, the brain and the social world: A short guide about the importance of social relationships for mental health (01/07/2022)
“In this guide, we share some of the latest research looking at how brain changes following trauma can affect a child’s social world. We consider how adults and systems can help build a better social world.”
Finding out your child has been harmed through technology assisted Child Sexual Abuse (29/06/2022)
As parents we want to keep our children safe and protected from harm. It is one of the primary drivers of being a parent – the balance between allowing our children to develop into independent adults, while protecting them from as much hurt as possible. But despite our best intentions, harm happens and sometimes we have to face the unimaginable truth that our child has been sexually abused. When this happens it is normal and natural to experience a range of emotions and responses that can be extremely difficult to process and manage. This leaflet is for parents in this situation.
Toward a system that heals: Exploring empathy and its application to youth justice and children’s education, health and social care services. (24/06/2022)
Through the report I will comment on love, kindness and compassion in systems, and I realise as I come to conclude the writing of this report, that actually empathy is an intentional ‘doing’ word, and that in fact empathy is the driver to love, kindness and compassionate action that leads to ‘empathic interactions’, and increases connection between service providers and those who use the services.
Child Criminal Exploitation (09/06/2022)
This guide will assist criminal practitioners representing children who have been exploited and are charged with offences arising out of that exploitation.
Young Justice Advisors 2022 (31/05/2022)
This report has been co-produced by Leaders Unlocked and the Young Justice Advisors, a team of young adults aged 18-30 with lived experience of the criminal justice and care systems. The Young Justice Advisors work to highlight the voice of lived experience, and advocate for lived experience to inform policy and practice changes at the national level.
Keeping children safe in education 2022 Statutory guidance for schools and colleges (25/05/2022)
This is statutory guidance from the Department for Education (‘the Department’) issued under Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 (as amended), the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014, the Non-Maintained Special Schools (England) Regulations 2015 and the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 (as amended). Schools and colleges in England must have regard to it when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. For the purposes of this guidance children includes everyone under the age of 18.
The independent review of children’s social care: Final report (23/05/2022)
Nothing has shaped my thinking more than listening to those that children’s social care exists to serve – children, parents, aunts and uncles, grandparents and care experienced adults. You have made me pause, laugh and cry and you have fuelled the review to be ambitious about the change that is needed. Thank you for your time and wisdom in sharing what at times have been painful and upsetting experiences – I appreciate what this asked of you and hope it will lead to change. The review’s approach to listening to those with lived experience was set by the Experts by Experience Board. This very special group has been instrumental to the review.
How is Together for Childhood bringing about change for local communities? (16/05/2022)
Imagine a community where all children are safe from abuse. Where every child gets the best start in life and has trusted adults they can turn to for support. Where every adult takes responsibility for keeping children safe in their community and knows where to get advice and support if they are worried about a child. Where every organisation working with children comes together to keep children safe.
The education and social care background of young people who interact with the criminal justice system: May 2022 (01/05/2022)
Examining educational attainment and provision, social care provision and demographics of young people educated in England who subsequently received a custodial sentence, and comparing with their peers who did not.
Guide to the Police Complaints system for young people (24/04/2022)
If you’ve got a problem or if you’re unhappy about something that happened to you which involved the police, it can usually be sorted out by speaking to the police force. But if they can’t put things right for you, then you can make a complaint.
Annual assessment 2021: Working towards a world without slavery (04/04/2022)
This report provides a comprehensive assessment of the UK-wide Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline’s operations in 2021 setting out the number, type and nature of calls, webforms and app submissions received between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021 and the number and demographics of potential victims indicated. The report also compares the Helpline data over the past five year, since it commenced operations in 2016.
“We’ve not given up”: Young women surviving the criminal justice system (31/03/2022)
This report is about girls and young women aged 17 to 25 years old in contact with the criminal justice system. In particular, it highlights the experiences of Black, Asian and minoritised young women, and young women with experience of the care system as both groups are overrepresented in the criminal justice system.
“Surviving, not living”: Lived experiences of crime and gambling (24/03/2022)
This report outlines the lived experiences of people in England and Wales who have experienced gambling harms (otherwise referred to as ‘problem gambling’) and have committed gambling-related crime. The research has provided a greater understanding of how gambling harms can be understood, the impact of gambling harms and
the specific experiences of the criminal justice journey.
Supporting parents and carers: A guide for those working with families affected by child sexual abuse (23/03/2022)
This guide is designed to help professionals understand more about how child sexual abuse affects parents and their children, so that they can support them effectively. It includes situations where the child has been sexually abused by an adult or adults or experienced another child’s harmful sexual behaviour, whether this has taken place inside or outside their family environment. It explores the impact of child sexual abuse carried out in different contexts, and how such abuse can affect families differently. It explains why parents need to receive a supportive response from professionals, and what this involves, and it provides lists of resources and sources of support for professionals to support their work and share with the parents they are working with.
Causes and Impact of Offending and Criminal Justice Pathways: Follow-up of the Edinburgh Study Cohort at Age 35 (14/03/2022)
The Edinburgh Study is a major programme of research that spans more than two decades and involves over 4,000 individual cohort members who were attending schools in Scotland’s capital city at the turn of the 21st Century. The Study has always relied on the cooperation, goodwill and enthusiasm of its participants who have given their time generously to support the overall aims of the research in improving the lives of children, young people and adults involved in offending or in contact with systems of justice.
“We’ve not given up”: Young women surviving the criminal justice system (04/03/2022)
“Our new briefing, “We’ve not given up”: Young women surviving the criminal justice system with the Alliance for Youth Justice (AYJ) looks into young women’s pathways into the criminal justice system in collaboration with young women and expert practitioners. Our research lays bare the experiences of girls and young women in the criminal justice system and calls on the Ministry of Justice to make urgent reforms, showing that without immediate attention, girls and young women will remain marginalised and locked in a cycle of harm, inequality, and re-offending.”
The Bridge Magazine (CAMHS) (01/03/2022)
The Bridge, ACAMH’s Magazine, shares the latest clinically relevant child and adolescent mental health research, best practice, and policy. We publish accessible, interesting, and useful articles to inform our readers’ work with young people, bridging the gap between expert evidence and current practice.
‘It’s a Hard Balance to Find’: The Perspectives of Youth Justice Practitioners in England on the Place of ‘Risk’ in an Emerging ‘Child-First’ World (24/02/2022)
In recent years, there has been a shift in youth justice central policy narratives in England and Wales away from risk assessment and management and towards child first. However, this shift is meeting with a number of challenges on the ground. The reasons for this have been conceptualised as resistance and reticence, contradiction and bifurcation and confusion about competing narratives emerging from different UK government departments about how to meet the statutory requirement to ‘prevent’ youth offending.
Child sexual exploitation by organised networks (01/02/2022)
The sexual exploitation of children by networks is not a rare problem confined to a small number of areas with high-profile criminal cases. It is a crime which involves the sexual abuse of children in the most degrading and destructive ways, by multiple perpetrators.
Navigating the criminal justice system: A guide for voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system in England and Wales (31/01/2022)
This guide is aimed at people working or volunteering for voluntary organisations that support people in the criminal justice system. The criminal justice system in England and Wales can be daunting to understand because of both its size and complexity. This guide aims to help you understand how the criminal justice system is organised and how it works.
Youth justice statistics: 2020 to 2021 (27/01/2022)
This publication looks at the youth justice system in England and Wales for the year ending March 2021. It considers the number of children (those aged 10-17) in the system, the offences they committed, the outcomes they received, their demographics and the trends over time.
Appropriate Language in Relation to Child Exploitation (20/01/2022)
This document seeks to provide guidance to professionals on the appropriate use of language when discussing children and their experience of exploitation in a range of contexts.
These include when speaking directly with or discussing children, within recording and case management systems and when delivering relevant training or other learning interventions.
‘Ready or not’: care leavers’ views of preparing to leave care (19/01/2022)
For many children in care, approaching adulthood and leaving the care system is a time of extra challenges, anxiety and fear. This research looks at the planning and preparation that happens before leaving care.
Out of Harm’s Way: A new care system to protect vulnerable teenagers at risk of exploitation and crime’ (29/12/2021)
Anne Longfield, chair of the Commission on Young Lives, is today (Wednesday 29th December) publishing ‘Out of Harm’s Way: A new care system to protect vulnerable teenagers at risk of exploitation and crime’, the first report of a year-long series of reports into teenagers at risk. The Commission launched in September 2021 and is hosted by the Oasis Charitable Trust.
Child trafficking in the UK 2021: a snapshot (23/12/2021)
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and ECPAT UK (Every Child Protected Against Trafficking) have launched a report providing an outline of child trafficking in the UK between October 2020 and October 2021. The report provides the latest data, policy developments and examples of both promising practice and challenges faced by practitioners.
Police disruption of child sexual abuse: Findings from a national survey of frontline personnel and strategic leads for safeguarding (20/12/2021)
This research study was commissioned by the Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse (CSA Centre) to explore the ways in which police forces across England and Wales seek to disrupt child sexual abuse.
141 miles From Home: Challenges for Children in Secure Homes (17/12/2021)
The National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) has released an initial report as part of its secure children’s home research project. The report provides a snapshot of the context around secure children’s homes in England and Wales between 2018 and 2020 and the challenges faced by children living in this type of accommodation.
Sexual Abuse Online Helping my autistic child (09/12/2021)
ACT and The Marie Collins Foundation have collaborated to produce a resource to help parents and children understand various online risks.
The resource is a leaflet called “Sexual Abuse Online – Helping My Autistic Child.” It’s available as an online PDF, but you can also contact ACT or The Marie Collins Foundation to request a hard copy.
Harmful sexual behaviour prevention toolkit (01/12/2021)
This toolkit is designed for parents, carers, family members and professionals, to help everyone play their part in keeping children safe. It has links to useful information, resources, and support as well as practical tips to prevent harmful sexual behaviour and provide safe environments for families.
Punishing Abuse Children in the West Midlands Criminal Justice System (01/12/2021)
We know that the local authorities, schools, police, other vital public services and organisations within our essential voluntary and community sectors, are working tirelessly to improve the lives of children across the West Midlands. A crucial part of this is their work to help some of our most vulnerable children cope with the fallout from poverty, and, sadly experiences of trauma.
LGBTQI+ mental health (01/12/2021)
A resource to support the mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex young people.
IOPC Youth panel: Finding and Recommendations (Nov 21) (30/11/2021)
The IOPC Youth Panel was established in 2018 to enable young people aged 16-25 to inform and influence the work of the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) nationally. Since its formation, the Youth Panel has grown to become an invaluable partner to the IOPC, providing youth-centred advice and support to help the organisation to build trust and confidence in the police complaints system.
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.
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.
Manadon Sports & Community Hub, Plymouth £120
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.
The Beacon, Plymouth From £30.00
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.
Hallam Conference Centre, London From £249
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!
Crowne Plaza, Plymouth From £147.56