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TikTok promotes positivity with new comment features

18th March, 2021 4:07 pm

We all love to watch videos and it’s no surprise that TikTok is one of the most popular places to view content. The app allows so much creativity and freedom to its users that many of us have a lot of fun exploring and engaging with the platform. A lot of this engagement comes from comments that viewers can leave... View Article

National Child Exploitation Awareness Day 2021

18th March, 2021 12:04 pm

ON MARCH 18, WE WANT THE WORLD TO UNITE AGAINST CHILD EXPLOITATION. CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION (CSE) IS A FORM OF SEXUAL ABUSE THAT INVOLVES THE MANIPULATION AND/OR COERCION OF YOUNG PEOPLE UNDER THE AGE OF 18 INTO SEXUAL ACTIVITY. The National Child Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding Child Exploitation; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out... View Article

Domestic Abuse Scotland Bill passed by Scottish Parliament

18th March, 2021 11:52 am

Legislation has been passed giving more powers to police and courts and social landlords to protect people at risk of domestic abuse. The Domestic Abuse (Protection) (Scotland) Bill will enable police and courts to ban suspected abusers from re-entering the home and from approaching or contacting the person at risk for a period of time to enable them to consider their longer-term... View Article

Kids as young as 10 targeted by sextortion creeps in Scotland as number of crimes spike

18th March, 2021 10:17 am

REPORTS of sexual exploitation have in Scotland increased by 44 per cent – with the youngest victim aged just 10. Data published by Police Scotland has shown that 238 crimes were reported between January and August last year – an increase of 87 from the previous year. Among the incidents, 83% included footage or images being obtained through webcam recordings or pictures provided from... View Article

TOUGH TIME Scots teen with Asperger’s warns lockdown is ‘holding back’ vulnerable people from accessing social clubs

18th March, 2021 9:07 am

A SCOTS teen with Asperger’s has warned lockdown has “held back” vulnerable people from accessing social clubs and gaining vital “life tips”. Taylor Gilmour, 19, said lockdown has made her feel “helpless” as she has had to stop volunteering with a local charity which works with children, young people and adults who have additional support needs and disabilities. She said... View Article

Where next in the sector’s fight against bullying and discrimination? (Part two)

18th March, 2021 9:07 am

In the wake of the leaked report into discriminatory bullying at the NCVO and revelations of similar behaviour elsewhere across the sector, Rebecca Cooney speaks to organisers and contributors involved in the #NotJustNCVO campaign to ask what cultural changes need to be made. Just over a month ago, Third Sector published extracts from a now-infamous report that found “bullying and harassment” on the... View Article

Significant rise in reports of sextortion to police in Scotland

18th March, 2021 9:04 am

Reports of sextortion rose significantly last year, according to figures from Police Scotland. Between January and August 2020, 283 sextortion crimes were recorded, compared to 196 offences in the same period in 2019, an increase of 44 per cent. The youngest victim was aged just 10, while the oldest was 85. The majority of the victims – 182 or 64... View Article

Save the Children UK chief executive to step down

18th March, 2021 9:02 am

Kevin Watkins, chief executive of Save the Children UK, will step down in the summer after five years in the role. Since joining in 2016 Watkins has led the charity through what it acknowledged had been a “turbulent time”, including a Charity Commission inquiry into Save the Children’s handling of sexual harassment allegations against former senior staff, including his predecessor Justin Forsyth.... View Article

‘Children may not realise they are being groomed’: New partnership to tackle Highland predators and save victims

18th March, 2021 8:59 am

A scheme to target “networks” of predators and protect children from sexual crimes has launched in the north of Scotland. The new service, Rise (Reducing The Impact Of Sexual Exploitation) Highlands, is bringing together four organisations to help young people and their families. A child sexual exploitation (CSE) advisor from charity Barnardo’s will now be set up at the Inverness... View Article

Football’s child sex abuse scandal: Sheldon review finds ‘institutional failings’

17th March, 2021 1:39 pm

“Significant institutional failings” by the Football Association meant it “did not do enough to keep children safe” – according to the findings of an independent review into historical child sexual abuse in the game. It found the FA was “too slow” to have sufficient protection measures in place between October 1995 and May 2000. It said there was no evidence... View Article