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Pandemic’s ‘devastating effect’ on youth justice system revealed in research

22nd July, 2021 3:17 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has “devastatingly affected” issues faced by children in the youth justice system, according to the Alliance for Youth Justice (AYJ). A new report published by the alliance, as part of a partnership project with the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies at MMU, finds that young people from marginalised and disadvantaged backgrounds have “suffered most” from challenges including court delays, increased time... View Article

Early help spending on children’s services halved over the last decade warns children’s charities

22nd July, 2021 11:51 am

Council spending on early help for vulnerable children has halved over the last decade, according to latest figures from a group of major children’s charities. Analysis, commissioned by children’s charities Barnardo’s, Action for Children, NSPCC the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) and the Children’s Society, has found that council spending on early intervention services for families fell from £3.6bn in 2010 to £1.8bn in 2020. ·        Care Review:... View Article

Secure children’s home shortage letting children down, Ofsted warns

22nd July, 2021 11:47 am

An acute shortage of secure children’s homes (SCHs) in England is leaving the most vulnerable children at risk of harm, Ofsted has warned. Yvette Stanley: Too many vulnerable children are being let down. Picture: Ofsted New data from the inspectorate highlights a scarce supply of secure home placements, with only 13 SCHs operating across the country. There are no SCHs in... View Article

Government launches tackling violence against women and girls strategy

22nd July, 2021 11:40 am

A new government strategy to ensure women and girls are safe everywhere has been launched by Home Secretary Priti Patel. The strategy sets out a clear ambition to increase support for victims and survivors, increase the number of perpetrators brought to justice and to reduce the prevalence of violence against women and girls in the long-term. Home Secretary Priti Patel... View Article

“It Was A Line In The Sand For Everyone, Including Myself”: One Vogue Writer Reflects On Changing Their Name After Identifying As Trans

22nd July, 2021 9:27 am

BY ERIN PATERSON 17 JULY 2021 Not every trans person will want to change their name and pronouns, but I did both. It’s a personal decision and, as with many elements of trans experience, the reasons for or against are unique to everyone. Not every trans person will seek surgery or hormone treatments; not every trans person will slot neatly into a... View Article

Dundee actor opens up about mental health struggles ahead of new film

22nd July, 2021 8:29 am

A Dundee actor has opened up about his struggle with mental health, as he completes work on his second film. Grant Keelan, 35, said that he had always struggled with social anxiety, so even his teachers were surprised when he dropped out of Lawside RC Academy at 15-years-old, to pursue acting. Grant said: “I made a choice that I was... View Article

Former marine jailed for sexual abuse of girls in Dundee and Arbroath

22nd July, 2021 8:25 am

A former marine was jailed for 46 months after subjecting two girls in Tayside to sexual abuse more than four decades ago. Harry Knapp, 66, preyed on the children at addresses in Dundee and Arbroath between 1974 and 1978. A judge told the sex offender at the High Court in Edinburgh: “The effect on these girls’ lives is incalculable.” Knapp was... View Article

Safeguarding jobs round up – 23 July 2021

22nd July, 2021 8:18 am

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... View Article

‘This is an emergency right now’: UAB doctor on Delta variant, rising cases in Alabama

21st July, 2021 2:59 pm

Alabama currently ranks last the nation in COVID-19 vaccination rate, with only a third of the state population fully vaccinated and the Delta variant running rampant. Vaccinations in Alabama have slowed to a near standstill. As of late week, Alabama’s positivity rate ranked among the top five in the nation. Hospitalizations have doubled. The Alabama Department of Public Health resumed its daily updates due to the surge, and... View Article