December 2020

UCAS reports an increase in students declaring mental health issues

16th December 2020

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…

Online harms law to let regulator block apps in UK

15th December 2020

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…

Critics question Government’s pick for children’s commissioner

13th December 2020

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…

Adoption rate down by third since 2015

10th December 2020

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…

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

8th December 2020

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….

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

8th December 2020

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…

Praise for IWF Hotline as Government looks to tackle internet grooming

4th December 2020

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…

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

2nd December 2020

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…

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

1st December 2020

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…

New office base and telephone number for Sacpa

1st December 2020

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…