Month: June 2021

Existing weaknesses in SEND system ‘exacerbated by pandemic’, Ofsted warns

17th June, 2021 9:56 am

Long standing problems in support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) “have been made even worse” by the Covid-19 crisis, Ofsted has said. Lack of access to education, health and care support and inconsistencies in identifying SEND have been exacerbated by the pandemic and lockdowns, the inspectorate has revealed. Key issues raised by MPs... View Article

Care services too focused on investigating families in crisis, says review

17th June, 2021 9:12 am

Child protection services in England are too focused on investigating families in crisis and do not provide enough early support, a report says. An independent review of council-run children’s social care said services to protect vulnerable children were in urgent need of investment and reform. It concluded that with an increasing demand for help, the current system was unsustainable and failing young... View Article

Instagram allows users to ‘hide’ likes – Do you know how?

16th June, 2021 3:24 pm

Instagram has launched a new feature that will give users the option to ‘hide’ likes on other people’s posts as well as their own. This has been launched to try and address some of the wellbeing concerns around social media, and aims to give users more freedom around how they manage their profiles. ‘Likes’ can be seen as measures for... View Article

Glasgow food plan calls for basic cooking skill to be taught in schools

15th June, 2021 8:23 am

EVERY pupil in Glasgow should be taught how to cook a pot of vegetable soup by the age of 12, public health experts have suggested. Fruit and vegetables should also be grown in Glasgow’s 90 parks and on the city’s streets while more restaurants should be encouraged to share unwanted food. The strategies form part of an ambitious 10-year plan, modelled on... View Article

Families long wait for drug help

14th June, 2021 3:14 pm

Families affected by alcohol and drug addiction are waiting eight years for support according to a new survey. The ‘Ask the Family’ project set out to understand the impact on friends and families of people using alcohol or drugs to a harmful extend. It looked at the wider inpact a persons addiction has on those around them and on the... View Article

Glasgow knitters urged to help NSPCC Scotland drive for baby booties

14th June, 2021 3:11 pm

A TOP children’s charity is calling on keen knitters to help provide baby booties to support young families. For every pair knitted, NSPCC Scotland will donate one pair to families it works with in Glasgow and the other it will use to raise awareness with MSPs about the importance of investing in early childhood. Through its Fight for a Fair... View Article

Child welfare charities slam decision to scrap online pornography safeguards

14th June, 2021 3:10 pm

Child welfare charities are up in arms over the decision to scrap safeguards designed to prevent children from accessing online pornography. A motion by Highlands and Islands MSP Rhoda Grant expressed “concern” over the UK Government’s failure to implement Part 3 of the Digital Economy Act 2017, which aims to protect children from accessing harmful online materials. The motion, which... View Article

Children’s access to online porn fuels sexual harassment, says commissioner

14th June, 2021 10:25 am

Rachel de Souza warns use of websites partly to blame for normalising abuse in schools in England. Curbs on children’s access to online pornography need to be brought in urgently to stop the spread of an activity that is partly to blame for normalising sexual harassment in schools, according to the new children’s commissioner for England. Dame Rachel de Souza... View Article