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Unregulated accommodation banned for vulnerable children under 16

22nd February, 2021 9:00 am

A ban on placing vulnerable children under the age of 16 in unregulated accommodation will come into force in September, the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced, as part of a series of reforms to drive up standards in children’s social care. Children in care under 16 will no longer be allowed to be accommodated in unregulated independent or semi-independent... View Article

Children report spike in cyberbullying during lockdown with more time spent unsupervised online – research from Uswitch

17th February, 2021 1:00 pm

One in four children say cyberbullying has worsened during lockdowns as they spend 17 hours a week unsupervised online A quarter of children say online bullying has got worse during lockdowns, with over two million impacted in the last year Half (56%) of bullied kids suffered name-calling, a third (39%) had lies about them spread online, and a quarter (28%)... View Article

Kids must be a priority post-Covid after an ‘impossibly damaging’ year – what England’s Children’s Commissioner said

17th February, 2021 9:58 am

England’s Children’s Commissioner, Anne Longfield, will call on the Government to make children a priority after the pandemic, as part of the final speech before she departs the role after six years. Dame Rachel de Souza, the founding chief executive of the Inspiration academy trust, will take over Ms Longfield’s role. The Children’s Commissioner will also say that Mr Johnson’s... View Article

Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner paper – The EU Settlement Scheme and points-based immigration system

15th February, 2021 9:04 am

Protecting individuals from exploitation by criminal traffickers and unscrupulous employers: Identifying and mitigating risks in the EU Settlement Scheme and the UK’s new points-based immigration system The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Dame Sara Thornton, has today published a briefing paper outlining potential risks of exploitation related to the EU Settlement Scheme and the UK’s new points-based immigration system. In February 2020... View Article

COVID-19: Pandemic fuelling rise in online sex crimes against children, charity says

10th February, 2021 8:44 am

The coronavirus pandemic is “fuelling long-term changes” to the threat posed by online sexual abusers, with children now facing “significant new risks”, according to the country’s leading children’s charity. The warning from the NSPCC comes as analysis of the latest crime trends shows a 17% rise in online sex crimes against children in the months after the first COVID-19 lockdown.... View Article

Separating fact from fiction: Half of young people encounter misleading content online on a daily basis

9th February, 2021 1:00 pm

Research reveals the new challenges young people face in identifying misleading content, at a time when being online is more important than ever   77% of young people say being online is a more important part of their life than ever before, with 65% enjoying online lessons during lockdown amidst school closures 48% of young people are seeing misleading content... View Article

Safeguarding in the workplace: Government publishes major review into domestic abuse in the workplace

8th February, 2021 3:30 pm

On 14 January, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy published a major report into workplace support for victims of domestic abuse. This report follows a consultation that took place between June and November 2020 and aims to identify the measures that could be put into place in the workplace by the Government and employers to support those experiencing... View Article

Two thirds of child sexual abuse survivors didn’t tell anyone about abuse at the time

29th January, 2021 8:07 am

New research from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has found that over two thirds of victims and survivors did not tell anyone that they were being sexually abused at the time it was happening. One in 10 disclosed the abuse for the first time when they spoke to the Inquiry’s Truth Project. More than 5,400 victims and survivors of child sexual... View Article

18th January, 2021 10:00 am

A groundbreaking report into the UK’s financial sector has found worryingly low levels of awareness of forced labour and exploitation of workers. Read the report – PREVENTING MODERN SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING: An Agenda for Action across the Financial Services Sector The study, led by Dame Sara Thornton, the UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, suggests nearly half of bankers and other... View Article

education secretary ‘unlawfully scrapped children’s rights’

15th January, 2021 11:08 am

Source: BBC By Hannah Richardson, Education and social affairs reporter England’s education secretary acted unlawfully in scrapping a string of legal protections for children in care, Appeal Court judges have ruled. They said Gavin Williamson should have consulted England’s children’s commissioner and other groups, before scrapping 65 safeguards for children. The court said consulting such bodies would have been “manifestly in the... View Article