Year: 2020

UCAS reports an increase in students declaring mental health issues

16th December, 2020 12:07 pm

Source: The Telegraph The proportion of students declaring a mental health issue on their Ucas form increased from 0.7 per cent in 2012 to 3.6 per cent this year, and the report’s authors noted that the year on year increases have started to level off in recent years. Read more…

Online harms law to let regulator block apps in UK

15th December, 2020 12:06 pm

Source: BBC UK watchdog Ofcom is set to gain the power to block access to online services that fail to do enough to protect children and other users. The regulator would also be able to fine Facebook and other tech giants billions of pounds, and require them to publish an audit of efforts to tackle posts that are harmful but... View Article

Critics question Government’s pick for children’s commissioner

13th December, 2020 12:04 pm

Source: Sunday Times Critics have questioned the suitability of the government’s preferred appointee for children’s commissioner because of her academy trust’s record of excluding children from the classroom. Rachel de Souza, whom Michael Gove once said he wanted to “clone 23,000 times”, is Gavin Williamson’s choice to replace Anne Longfield, whose six-year term comes to an end in February. The... View Article

Adoption rate down by third since 2015

10th December, 2020 12:02 pm

Source: Adoption UK The charity Adoption UK is warning that declines in the number of adoptions could lead to more children spending their childhood in care. The warning comes as the latest official statistics reveal the number children adopted from care in England is down by more than a third compared to five years ago. The Department for Education figures show the... View Article

Government launches review to ensure gambling laws are fit for digital age

8th December, 2020 12:00 pm

Source: GOV.UK The Culture Secretary has launched a major and wide-ranging review of gambling laws to ensure they are fit for the digital age as committed to in the manifesto. National Lottery minimum age raised to 18 to protect young people Online stake limits, gambling advertising and age limits to be considered Gambling Commission’s role and powers will also be... View Article

90,000 London children to be homeless this Christmas, London Councils warn

8th December, 2020 11:59 am

Source: The Evening Standard Nearly  90,000 children in the capital are expected to be homeless this Christmas, London Councils warned today. The rate of families being placed in temporary accommodation is spiralling out of control as the pandemic continues to stretch local authority finances and demands for help reached record numbers, the umbrella group said. Some 63,000 London households, more than two thirds with children, will spend the festive... View Article

Praise for IWF Hotline as Government looks to tackle internet grooming

4th December, 2020 11:48 am

Source: Internet Watch Foundation Minister praises work to find and remove images and videos of child sexual abuse from the internet, and says new legislation will aim to tackle the issue. The Government is exploring new ways to tackle online grooming as Peers hear lockdown has created a “perfect storm” for abusers to coerce and exploit children into recording their... View Article

Ofsted warns of risk to children ‘out of sight’ during pandemic

2nd December, 2020 11:39 am

Source: Ofsted The Chief Inspector of Education and Children’s Social Care has warned that the invisibility of vulnerable children as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic should be a matter of national concern. Launching this year’s Ofsted Annual Report, Amanda Spielman said that school closures during the first national lockdown had a ‘dramatic impact’ on the number of child protection referrals... View Article

IICSA Truth Project Thematic Report: Child sexual abuse in the context of schools

1st December, 2020 12:08 pm

Source: The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has published new research into child sexual abuse in schools, which finds that perpetrators frequently had reputations as abusers and their behaviour was often an ‘open secret’. The report is based on the statistical analysis of 691 accounts of victims and survivors who were sexually abused... View Article

New office base and telephone number for Sacpa

1st December, 2020 11:38 am

Please note that from today (Tuesday, December 1), Sacpa is moving to new offices and also has a new main telephone number. Our new address is: Safeguarding and Child Protection Association, First Floor, 27 Queen Anne’s Gate, London, UK, SW1H 9BU. Our new main telephone number is +44 (0)207 798 1585.