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Sir Kevan quits over catch-up funding

3rd June, 2021 8:47 am

Our children deserve better than this half-hearted plan Sir Kevan Collins comment from The Times When I was appointed education recovery commissioner in February, I was set a single exam question: what should be done to help children catch up learning lost in the pandemic? During a 40-year career in education, I have been accountable for the performance of hundreds... View Article

Children with mental health problems face long waits for treatment, says report

2nd June, 2021 7:41 am

NHS mental health services for children and young people are at breaking point, with waiting times on the rise and a lack of inpatient beds, a new poll has suggested. A snapshot survey of 35 NHS trust leaders in England found that most units were struggling with demand, while young people are also turning up at A&E having self-harmed or... View Article

Tinder introduces ‘are you sure?’ feature to stop dating app abuse

27th May, 2021 8:34 pm

The app uses artificial intelligence to review harmful messages before they are sent. Tinder has added a new feature to help curb abuse and harassment on the app before it happens. Using artificial intelligence (AI), the dating app identifies and flags harmful or offensive messages while they are being drafted, asking the user “Are You Sure?” before they hit send. This new feature is similar to another... View Article

Half of UK children playing out with friends less since pandemic

27th May, 2021 3:57 pm

Survey finds a third playing alone more and a quarter playing less sport, adding to concerns over wellbeing Many children are playing outside less with their friends, playing alone more and are less active than they were before the pandemic, according to a UK survey that will add to concerns about the lasting impact of the lockdowns on children’s wellbeing.... View Article

Scots ‘predator’ caged after admitting to ‘communicating indecently’ with child

27th May, 2021 3:55 pm

Iain Hunter was branded ‘dangerous and predatory’ by cops and sentenced to 20 months behind bars in court.   A Scots “predator” has been caged after admitting to “communicating indecently” with a child. Online offender Iain Hunter pled guilty to indecently communicating with a child at the High Court in Edinburgh today (Wednesday, May 26). The 31-year-old sentenced to an... View Article

Review will pronounce on dioceses’ handling of serial abuser

27th May, 2021 1:15 pm

The man who led the inquiry into Jimmy Savile’s abuse of patients at Leeds General Infirmary, Ray Galloway, has been commissioned by the C of E’s National Safeguarding Team to look into how a clerical serial abuser escaped justice for so long. The Revd Graham Gregory, who died in prison in 2019, was jailed in 2015 for assaulting a young girl... View Article

Hundreds of abuse cases at unregulated children’s homes

27th May, 2021 9:34 am

Data provided by councils shows that at least 1,286 reports of abuse against children living in unregulated care homes were made in the two years up to last December. Almost one in five related to sexual abuse and exploitation, and there were also allegations of physical abuse and trafficking. The true figure is expected to be much higher however, as... View Article

£51m boost to support youngsters leaving care

27th May, 2021 9:30 am

A £51 million funding boost to help thousands of vulnerable young people in the care system, and proposals to improve the quality of their accommodation, have today (24 May 2021) been announced by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson. The support package unveiled by the government will fund a range of schemes to support those that are either in or leaving care,... View Article

England Consultation: seeking views from care experienced young people on proposed standards for unregulated accommodation for looked after children and care leavers aged 16 and 17.

25th May, 2021 7:08 am

Open consultation Introducing national standards for unregulated accommodation From: Department for Education Published: 24 May 2021 Applies to: England Summary We are seeking views from care experienced young people on proposed standards for unregulated accommodation for looked after children and care leavers aged 16 and 17. This consultation is being held on another website. This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 19 July 2021... View Article

England Consultation: to seek views on proposed standards for unregulated provision for looked after children and care leavers aged 16 and 17.

25th May, 2021 7:04 am

Open consultation Introducing national standards for unregulated provision From: Department for Education Published: 24 May 2021 Applies to: England Summary We are seeking views on proposed standards for unregulated provision for looked after children and care leavers aged 16 and 17. This consultation is being held on another website. This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 19 July 2021 Consultation description The number of children... View Article