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NSPCC "How Safe Are Our Children" 2019 Report

The 2019 NSPCC annual report looking at levels of online activity and online child sex abuse recorded in the UK. Key findings include:

  • 44% of 5-15 year olds own a smartphone

  • 90% of 11-16 year olds said they had a social media account

  • Year on year increases were recorded in the numbers and rates of police-recorded online child sexual offences in England and Wales and Northern Ireland;

  • Increases in the number of URLs confirmed by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) as containing child sexual abuse imagery since 2015

  • the majority of parents, carers and members of the public agree that social networks should have a legal responsibility to keep children safe on their platforms.

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Free Careers Education and Teaching Resources- Key Stage 3 and 4 and FE Youth Employment UK

Youth Employment UK has developed a useful set of teaching resources for use in PSHE lessons around careers education. The resources include lesson plans on careers in STEM and information about the free membership programme available to young people aged between 14 and 25 which contains links to information, advice and guidance about professional skills to be developed.

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Association of Sexting with Sexual Behaviours and Mental Health Among Adolescents

New research into the association between sexting and sexual behaviours and mental health amongst adolescents published by JAMA Pediatrics.

A meta-analysis of 23 studies comprising 41 723 participants found that adolescent sexting is significantly associated with sexual activity, multiple sexual partners, lack of contraception use, delinquent behavior, internalizing problems, and substance use. The associations between sexting and multiple sexual partners, drug use, smoking, and internalizing problems were stronger in younger compared with older adolescents.

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Children in need of help and protection (CIN) Review: Final data and analysis

In March 2018, the government launched a review into Children in Need (CIN). The evidence showed CIN on average have poorer outcomes at every stage of education than their peers and are more likely than other children not to be in education, employment or training (NEET) after age 18.

This document looks at the records between 2012-13 and 2017-18, particularly at the characteristics and interactions that CIN received from services.

Key statistics from the report include:

Between 2012/13 and 2017/18, there were at least 1.6m children in need of social care services. This equates to around 1 in 10 children in 2018 who were in need at some point in the previous 6 years 

  • 98% of state schools had at least 1 pupil who was CIN 

  • CIN pupils are 50% less likely to achieve a good pass in English and Maths 

  • Pupils who were in need at the end of Key Stage 4 were around 3 times less likely to go on to study A levels at age 16, and almost 5 times less likely to enter higher education at age 18 .

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Learning Theories and Models Website

This Learning Theories and Models website introduces key learning theories and models to frontline professionals training to be a teacher, teaching assistant, trainer or is interested in learning more about how people learn. The theories covered include Cognitive Apprenticeship, Social Learning Theory and Theory of Mind.

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Forced Marriage Awareness Free Course Virtual College

A free course from the Virtual College for frontline professionals to build their awareness of Forced Marriage and awareness of the actions they should take should they suspect someone is at risk of being forced into marriage. The course has been developed with input from the Foreign Office Forced Marriage Unit and includes sections on recognising the warning signs of forced marriage and cooperating effectively with agencies.

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Action for Children Gender Identity Awareness Poster

A handy poster designed by Action for Children which covers the core Gender Identity Awareness terminology that young people and the frontline professionals working with them should be aware of. The poster can be displayed in sixth form common rooms, school noticeboards, in staff rooms and on community centre noticeboards as well as being used in Gender Identity Awareness training.

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LGBT Foundation: A Guide To Being A Trans Ally

A new guide produced by the LGBT Foundation designed to advise frontline professionals, working with trans and non-binary people as well as family members, friends and colleagues on how to be an effective trans ally. Information is delivered in a Q&A format and includes details on pronoun use, gender identities and sexual orientations and what it feels like to be a trans person in today’s society. The guide also includes a short glossary of terms.

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Youth Social Action Day #IWill Pack for Organisations

A pack compiled by #IWill for organisations to raise awareness of Youth Social Action Day on the 5th June, which celebrates the achievements of young people engaged in volunteering and which aims to encourage more young people to become volunteers in their local communities. The pack includes information on social media engagement and suggested actions for promoting the benefits of volunteering with their organisation or other local organisations.

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Youth Social Action Day 2019 #IWill Pack for Young People

The official pack for young people to celebrate and shout out about their achievements in undertaking youth social action projects across the UK. Youth Social Action Day takes place on 5th June as part of Volunteers’ Week. The pack includes information on what Volunteers’ Week is, actions to take to celebrate World Environmental Day and graphics to use on social media platforms.

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Body Image: How we think and feel about our bodies research

New research compiled by the Mental Health Foundation exploring body image and how it effects our mental health and levels of emotional wellbeing. The research explores body image in each life stage, as well as provides information on how we can protect, promote and maintain body image and encourage body positivity.

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Sexting in Schools and Colleges: Responding to incidents and safeguarding young people

A guide from the UK Council for Child Internet Safety for education professionals in schools and colleges to help them respond effectively to incidents of sexting to ensure that the wellbeing of young people is safeguarded. The guide includes sections on disclosure and reporting incidents to the police, searching students’ devices and educating young people about sexting in PSHE and RSE lessons.

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Supporting Student Mental Health Wellbeing and Wellbeing in Colleges: A Resource Pack

A resource pack designed by the Association of Colleges to help college welfare professionals to meet the early intervention mental health needs of students. The pack includes information on leadership and management, the importance of Student Voice and auditing and monitoring of mental health and emotional wellbeing policies and procedures.

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Connevans Poster - 12 things to remember when communicating with people who are deaf or hard of hearing

A poster for frontline professionals created by Connevans Ltd to learn about the 12 things they need to remember when they are communicating with people who are deaf or hard of hearing to help communicate information in an effective way. The poster can be shared by HR professionals with staff to mark Deaf Awareness Week or as part of customer service training.

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Knife Crime Evidence Briefing from The College of Policing

A new briefing from the College of Policing which explores the research and statistics gathered about levels of knife crime. Topics explored include:

  • Understanding the causes of knife crime

  • General violence or weapon-related interventions with greatest potential to reduce crime

  • Specific knife crime interventions with limited crime reduction evidence

  • Enforcement interventions where evidence suggests careful use.

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