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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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.
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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?”Read More
Croydon Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) has published a thematic review based on the experiences of 60 vulnerable young people identified by local agencies.
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.
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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
The Department for Education has released the findings of the latest Post-16 Institutions and Providers Omnibus Survey (Wave 6), looking at how sixth form colleges and FE colleges are dealing with changes to the education system in England.Read More