Month: March 2021

Government launches review into sexual abuse in schools and launches NSPCC dedicated helpline to support victims of sexual abuse

31st March, 2021 5:36 pm

The DfE has advised our sister association, BSA. that Ofsted will be conducting an “immediate review of safeguarding policies in state and independent schools”. Please click here to view the announcement. Details include: A new helpline to support potential victims of sexual harassment and abuse in education settings has been announced today by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson. The dedicated number, run... View Article

youth sports trust – our impact in numbers…

31st March, 2021 3:42 pm

Our impact in numbers… 309,115 young people were given the opportunity to enjoy the life-changing benefits of sport and play through our programmes 99,706 young people received training from our athlete mentors, coaches and networks, empowering them to lead and inspire their peers 20,650 teachers, coaches and practitioners were trained by us to lead good quality, inclusive sport and Physical Education 500,000 downloads of... View Article

Teaching consent to children: “The joke is where it starts and rape is where it ends”

31st March, 2021 9:21 am

How do we ensure children and teens know about consent? Here’s a guide to changing the culture early to prevent sexual assault. Ever since former Sydney schoolgirl Chanel Contos petitioned for earlier and better consent education for school children following thousands of schoolgirl testimonies about rape, parents have been wondering how to talk with their children about sexual consent. It’s... View Article

C of E will comply fully with IICSA recommendations on safeguarding

31st March, 2021 9:14 am

THE Archbishops’ Council has formally accepted in full the latest recommendations of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), including the creation of an independent body to oversee its safeguarding practices. IICSA, in its investigation report on child safeguarding in the Anglican Church, made eight recommendations, four of which were specific to the C of E, and two to the Church in Wales,... View Article

Tackling sexual abuse not just for schools, say heads

31st March, 2021 8:41 am

The problem of sexual violence and abuse is not just an issue for schools to tackle, say head teachers. Social media companies, parents and the criminal justice system all have a role to play, says the school leaders’ union, ASCL. ASCL boss Geoff Barton says schools work very hard in this area and take these matters extremely seriously. His comments... View Article

More than a quarter of charities faced cyber attacks last year, government figures show

31st March, 2021 8:21 am

Figures from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport indicate that 26 per cent of voluntary sector organisations had a cyber-breach or attack in 2020. This sixth survey in the annual series continues to show that cyber security breaches are a serious threat to all types of businesses and charities. Among those identifying breaches or attacks, their frequency is... View Article

Thousands of EU children face ‘cliff edge’ as still without post-Brexit status three months before deadline

30th March, 2021 3:00 pm

Thousands of European children living in care in the UK face becoming undocumented within months as only one in four has been granted post-Brexit immigration status, data reveals. The data obtained under freedom of information law by the Children’s Society shows more than 2,500 EU nationals in the children’s care system – around 28 per cent – have not yet been awarded settled status through... View Article

Children being put at risk by flaws in policing of paedophile sports coaches

30th March, 2021 12:20 pm

Children are being put at risk by fundamental flaws in the policing of paedophile coaches in football and other major sports, a Telegraph Sport investigation has found. Ten days after the publication of a bombshell report into football’s child sexual abuse scandal, survivors, MPs, athlete groups and even sports themselves have called for action to fill gaps in the system. A Telegraph Sport investigation into... View Article

Churches and charities warn Government to act now to prevent more harm from gambling

30th March, 2021 11:21 am

Churches and charities have joined together to urge the UK Government to act decisively and urgently in tackling the harm caused by gambling. They issued the following statement ahead of the deadline for submissions to a review of the Gambling Act: “Our Churches and charities, which will all be making submissions to the UK Government’s Review of the 2005 Gambling... View Article