Month: June 2021

Royal College of Psychiatrists warns that Covid pandemic has created a mental health crisis among children

30th June, 2021 11:47 am

Half of teenagers have been left suffering anxiety and trauma in the wake of the Covid lockdowns, a major review has found. A systematic review into the impact of school closures includes UK data on more than 2,000 young people questioned in depth about their feelings and experiences. The research shows that 53 per cent of girls and 44 per cent of boys... View Article

Ealing Council launches virtual reality programme to tackle criminal exploitation

28th June, 2021 11:39 am

A local authority youth justice service (YJS) is piloting the use of virtual reality technology in a bid to reduce the number of children being criminally exploited. Ealing Council has teamed up with technology innovation organisation Antser for the four-month scheme which aims to increase awareness of harmful behaviour and exploitative relationships impacting young people already involved with the service.... View Article

The case for change: independent review of children’s social care in England: CASPAR briefing

28th June, 2021 11:32 am

NSPCC Learning has published a CASPAR briefing summarising the key findings from the Independent review of children’s social care in England’s initial report. This is an initial report from the independent review aimed at “starting the conversation” about possible solutions to the issues faced by social care and the review is calling for feedback, as well as further ideas, views... View Article

School meals at risk due to shortage of UK lorry drivers

28th June, 2021 8:46 am

Loss of 100,000 hauliers as a result of Covid and Brexit could leave cooks relying on emergency standby ingredients. School meals could be disrupted for the remainder of this term by delays and shortages of food supplies across the country as a result of a dearth of lorry drivers in the UK. The warning came as industry representatives told Boris... View Article

Safeguarding jobs round up – 25 June 2021

25th June, 2021 12:00 pm

Welcome to this week’s jobs round-up, where you can view some of the job vacancies currently available in the world of safeguarding. Below are a selection of jobs which will soon be closing for applications – click on the individual links for more information or to complete an application. For a full list of vacancies, please visit the Job Board on our... View Article

Police accuse young sexual abuse survivors of lying, report finds

25th June, 2021 7:32 am

Young victims and survivors of child sexual abuse are often accused of lying when trying to report the abuse to police, a report from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has revealed. Police and other professionals were also reported to be dismissive of peer-on-peer abuse, with a tendency to label it as ‘domestic’ or blame the victim. The new... View Article

Molly Russell’s father warns children paying the price as tech giants fail to prevent harmful content

23rd June, 2021 11:17 am

Ian Russell is campaigning for recognition of the disparities between the protections in place for children in their offline lives versus the dangers facing them online. Child safety campaigner Ian Russell has warned that children should not have to pay the price for technology companies’ failure to make the necessary changes to protect them from harmful content. Mr Russell’s 14-year... View Article

Children’s social care questionnaires 2021: what children and young people told Ofsted

23rd June, 2021 10:27 am

What children and young people have told us about their experiences of living in children’s homes or with foster carers and staying at residential special schools or boarding schools. To access the report visit: Children’s social care questionnaires 2021: what children and young people told Ofsted – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) Source: Ofsted

Cut-price education package ‘will damage children for life’ say Sir Kevan Collins

23rd June, 2021 8:57 am

Children could suffer “lifelong effects” from the government’s failure to agree to a £15 billion education catch-up package, Sir Kevan Collins has warned. The former education recovery tsar told the Times Education Commission that he feared decision-makers believed that there would be a “natural” recovery, but this would not happen. Collins was speaking publicly for the first time since his resignation after... View Article

An inset day on sexual abuse ‘won’t cut it’, says Spielman

23rd June, 2021 8:28 am

Amanda Spielman has warned schools that a one-off safeguarding inset day alone “won’t cut it” as the sector looks to address sexual abuse and harassment among pupils. In response to Ofsted’s review of sex abuse in schools, the Department for Education pledged to “encourage” schools to include relationship, health and sex education curriculum and safeguarding training as part of a national... View Article