Month: March 2021

CMA launches study of children’s social care provision

30th March, 2021 10:21 am

The CMA today identifies four particular areas it wants to look at in its study of children’s social care announced today: · the supply of placements, including whether the current balance of local authority, private sector and third sector provision is working well for children and local authorities · prices charged by providers and variation between prices paid for similar... View Article

Autism more common in children in England than previously thought – study

30th March, 2021 10:00 am

Cambridge researchers find prevalence varied by ethnicity and levels of deprivation in largest data analysis yet. Autism is more common among children in England than previously thought, with rates higher among Black pupils than their white peers, researchers have revealed. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects communication and behaviour and is thought to affect 1-2% of people around the world, with diagnoses more... View Article

IICSA: Six political parties improve safeguarding procedure in response to Inquiry recommendations; three still to respond

30th March, 2021 8:24 am

Six UK political parties have now either created or improved their child safeguarding policy in response to recommendations made by the Inquiry during the Westminster report, with three parties named in the report yet to respond. First published in February 2020, the report examined seven key issues including police misconduct, political parties, whips’ offices, the Paedophile Information Exchange, prosecutorial decisions,... View Article

IWF report: ‘Beyond heart-breaking’ abuse as predators groom children to film siblings and friends

30th March, 2021 8:18 am

A new IWF study indicates internet sex predators are manipulating children to record their own sexual abuse, and that of their friends and siblings. Internet sex predators are tricking children into abusing their own siblings and friends as new research reveals this “disturbing” trend is eight times worse than experts had feared. A new study published ahead of the Internet... View Article

Instagram’s new AI feature stops adults from messaging kids who don’t follow them

29th March, 2021 6:25 pm

The platform has unveiled a range of new child safety measures Instagram has unveiled two new AI tools designed to protect young users on the platform. The first feature prevents adults from messaging people under 18 who don’t follow them. It then sends the adult user a notification saying they can’t DM the account. Instagram has provided little detail on... View Article

Children living with parents in emotional distress: March 2021 update

29th March, 2021 4:34 pm

Public Health England (PHE) has published an update to 4 indicators reporting on the proportion of children living with: at least one parent reporting symptoms of emotional distress a mother reporting symptoms of emotional distress a father reporting symptoms of emotional distress both parents reporting symptoms of emotional distress. Data is available: for trends between the periods 2010 to 2011... View Article

UN Committee issues recommendations to protect children’s rights in digital environment

29th March, 2021 4:25 pm

GENEVA (24 March 2021) — The Child Rights Committee today published its legal guidance note on how States should protect children’s rights with regard to the digital environment. The guidance note, also known as general comment, is the result of a two-year consultation with States parties, inter-governmental organizations, civil society, national human rights institutions and children. Over 700 children and young people,... View Article

Shetland committee support campaign aimed at Keeping Kids Safe Online

26th March, 2021 2:37 pm

With many young people spending more time online due to lockdown and remote learning, the Shetland Public Protection Committee is supporting the awareness campaign #KeepingKidsSafeOnline. Police Scotland recently reported a 13 per cent increase in reports of online abuse and exploitation of young people.  The Child Protection Committees Scotland have today, 23rd March, launched the 10 day campaign to encourage... View Article

Met police deliver abuse warning as six-year-old girl posts ‘inappropriate’ picture of herself

26th March, 2021 2:33 pm

Police arrested more than 30 suspected paedophiles in dawn raids earlier this month Police today warned of the threat from online paedophiles targeting children during lockdown as they revealed a six-year-old girl had posted an inappropriate photo of herself on social media. Detectives highlighted the primary school pupil’s case as they revealed more than 30 suspected paedophiles have been arrested during dawn raids in... View Article