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"Supporting young parents to reach their full potential" Local Government Association and Public Health England Report

The Local Government Association and Public Health England have published a report looking into case studies from organisations across England who have supported young parents. Areas covered include Brighton and Hove, North Yorkshire and West Sussex.

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Coram Voice Care Leavers Study 2018

Coram Voice has released findings from their most recent survey with care leavers in England. Findings from the responses of 474 16-25 year old care leavers who completed the survey in six local authorities in England in 2018 include:

  • 63% of care leavers agreed with the statement ‘I always feel safe where I live’,

  • 67% agreed that ‘Where I live is right for me’

  • 86% agreed that they felt involved in their pathway planning all or some of the time.

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Early Intervention Foundation Resource: "Reducing Parental Conflict"

A guide produced by the Early Intervention Foundation originally for commissioners and leaders of services for children and families on how to engage with disadvantaged and vulnerable parents and how to reduce the impact of parental conflict on the physical health, mental health and emotional wellbeing of children.

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Youth Work Inquiry Final Report April 2019

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Affairs (APPG) has released its final report of the Inquiry into youth work in England. The report has found that youth work is capable of reaching children who may otherwise remain inaccessible and helps build trusted relationships with adults who can help them access the support they need.

The report concludes that there should be a minister responsible for young people and youth work, that there needs to be a greater investment in youth work, that the Government should introduce a statutory duty and that there should be guidance that defines the minimum and protected level of youth service.

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"Tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities" Women and Equalities Committee Report

The Women and Equalities Committee have published a report on the social inequalities faced by Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities, covering topics such as education and health.

Findings from the report include:

  • entrenched stereotypes in schools leads to children being taken out of education

  • fear of children being removed from parents’ care prevents families accessing social services,

  • a lack of data on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities leads to a failure to tackle these inequalities.

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"Numbing the Pain: Survivors' voices of childhood sexual abuse and addiction" One in Four Report

One in Four, a charity for survivors of sexual violence and abuse, has released a report about childhood sexual abuse and addiction. Findings from the report, based on personal accounts by survivors, include:

  • drugs and alcohol were used by some survivors as a means of regulating their emotions

  • addiction services rarely made the link between substance use and the trauma caused by childhood sexual abuse.

Recommendations include: train staff in addiction services to respond to disclosure; establish a process for supporting survivors and create links between local addiction services and survivor support agencies.

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"#NewFilters to manage the impact of social media on young people's mental health and wellbeing" Report

A new report by the The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on social media and young people's mental health and wellbeing has published a report highlighting key findings from their research.

Findings include:

  • social media can have a range of positive effects, but children who spend time on social networking sites are more likely to have symptoms of mental ill health than those who do not

  • social media is seen by many young people as having a negative impact on their self esteem.

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The Repair of Early Trauma: A "Bottom Up" Approach

An interesting article written by Dr Shoshanah Lyons, Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Director of Beacon House, a specialist mental health and trauma team based in Sussex looking at the impact experiencing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can have on a young person and adult’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. The author talks about the “Neuro-Sequential Model of Therapeutics” which aims to reduce the impact of trauma through recovering and repairing each part of a child’s brain.

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Inclusive Language: Words to use and avoid when writing about disability

New guidance has been issued by the Department for Work and Pensions to help organisations to ensure that the language used in policies and procedures and language used during customer service interactions complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. The guidance provides employers, managers and HR staff with guidelines to monitor employee behaviour and empowers them to take action when they believe employees are going against those guidelines.

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Gender Stereotypes in Early Childhood: A Literature Review - The Fawcett Society

The Fawcett Society has released a new Literature Review looking at research which explores the influence of gender stereotyping on young children and how the internalisation of outdated stereotypes can affect the academic attainment levels in boys and the self-confidence, self-esteem and career aspirations in girls.

Chapters include “Learning Gender”, “Education in early childhood and gender” and “What are the effects of gender stereotyping?”

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Vulnerable Adolescents Thematic Review - Croydon Local Safeguarding Children Board March 2019

Croydon Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) has published a thematic review based on the experiences of 60 vulnerable young people identified by local agencies.

Findings include:

  • early help and prevention is critical

  • greater recognition and response to children’s emotional health and wellbeing is needed

  • an integrated, whole system approach is needed across agencies, communities and families; schools need to be equipped to respond to the challenges presented by children with high risk behaviour and central to multi-agency service provision.

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State of Children's Rights 2018 The Children's Rights Alliance for England Report

The Children’s Rights Alliance for England have published their latest report looking at how the government has helped to protect or hinder children’s rights in 2018. It covers areas including Poverty and Homelessness, Safeguarding, Education and Health.

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"Safeguarding children and young people in education from knife crime: Lessons from London" Ofsted Report

Ofsted has published findings from a research project into knife crime and safeguarding children and young people in education in London. Recommendations from the research in 29 schools, colleges and pupil referral units (PRUs) include:

  • local community safety partnerships should involve schools in developing and implementing strategies to address serious youth violence

  • the Department for Education (DfE) should collect data about the managed moves of children between schools

  • safeguarding partners should involve schools in assessing and responding to local needs

  • schools should share full information with one another when children move between education settings

  • schools should consider how their personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) curriculum reflects local issues, including knife crime.

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Step Up, Speak Up! Childnet International Resources

Childnet International has produced a set of resources to help Key Stage 3 and 4 students to explore the topic of sexual harassment online. The resource includes 4 lesson plans which cover ground rules, understanding, responding and reporting peer-based online sexual harassment as well as a teacher toolkit, an assembly presentation and a peer-led workshop plan.

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Equality Act 2010 Reading List - Equality and Human Rights Commission

The Equality and Human Rights Commission have made available to professionals a suggested reading list that they can access to find out more about the principles and ways of implementing the principles of the Equality Act 2010 in order to create more inclusive organisations and services.

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National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day Resource Pack - Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board

The Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) has designed a resource pack for National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day, which takes place on the 18th March. The resources include information on online safety, as the LSCB and Lincolnshire Police figures have shown that 60% of CSE cases involve online grooming at the start. The Resource Pack includes suggested tweets, a Safeguarding Briefing and infographics.

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By The Way resource website for young trans, gender-diverse and gender-questioning people

The By The Way website has been designed by young trans, gender-diverse and gender-questioning people attending groups run by GYRO (Gay Youth r’ Out), part of the Young Person’s Advisory Service based in Liverpool for young people who need access to information about gender identity. The website can be shared in secondary PSHE/RSE lessons as part of empowering young people to talk positively about LGBT+ Inclusion and can be shared by Pastoral Care leaders with students who require support.

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"Take 5! Five Simple Ways to Better Mental Health and Wellbeing Written for and by LGBTU Young People" Allsorts Youth Project Guide

An innovative and thought-provoking guide exploring self-care written by LGBTU young people participating in youth groups run by the Allsorts Youth Project in West Sussex. The guide can be used by LGBTU young people to develop self care strategies to help them cope with the challenges that they are currently facing and may face in their future lives with confidence to help improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

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"On the sidelines: The economic and personal cost of childhood exposure to Domestic Violence" Hestia Report

A report from the charity Hestia which explores findings from analysis carried out by the charity Pro Bono Economics into the cost of failing to provide support to children exposed to domestic violence. The report, which focuses on the long term costs incurred by the state in supporting children who develop conduct and attention disorders as a result of exposure to severe domestic violence, estimates a potential total cost of between £480 million and £1.4 billion.

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