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.
The National Autistic Society has developed a set of resources for use in primary and secondary schools to help empower students to learn about autism in a positive and evidence-based way to mark Autism Awareness Week.
Resources include videos featuring young people who are autistic, assembly PowerPoints, tutor time activities and posters to put up in the classroom.Read More
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 blogpost by NSPCC Learning exploring creative strategies designed to help staff better safeguard Deaf and disabled children and young people in their school.Read More
A document put together by the Department for Education looking at the counselling services best practice in schools. This advice is non- statutory, and has been produced to help school leaders set up and improve counselling services in primary and secondary schools. It provides practical, evidence-based advice informed by experts on how to ensure school based counselling services achieve the best outcomes for children and young people.
It also sets out the Government’s expectation that over time we would expect to see all schools providing access to counselling services. It is equally relevant for schools with counselling services and those that currently have no access to them. It reflects views of children and young people on counselling, as well as those of schools. It recognises that effective counselling is part of a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing.Read More
new blogpost by Inner Drive exploring ways that primary school teachers can improve the metacognition of their students.
Strategies suggested in the blogpost include:
Keeping a learning diary
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
This booklet has been developed by teachers, clinicians and parents and carers, including the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families’ Parent Champions, to explore a range of innovative ways that schools can help children by successfully engaging with parents and carers by talking to them about the mental health and emotional wellbeing of their child/children. It includes tips as well as case studies that show both parents’ and schools’ perspectives. Topics featured include "Building rapport with parents and carers", "Having difficult conversations with parents and carers" and "Managing your feelings".Read More
The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust has created resources which schools can use to mark the inaugural Stephen Lawrence Day, which takes place on the 22nd April. The theme of Stephen Lawrence Day is “Live Our Best Life”, with students finding out more about Stephen’s story and encouraging them to think about ways they can make their lives better, including adopting a tolerant and compassionate approach to life.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
Media Smart has produced a set of free resources for PSHE/RSE/ICT teachers to use to discuss digital advertising, advertising, body image and social media with students. The resources include lesson plans, videos and activities that help to stimulate conversations around mental health, emotional wellbeing, media literacy and safeguarding.Read More
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.
A new blog post from NSPCC Learning providing an overview of the role that school governors play in safeguarding students. It provides suggestions as to how school governors can improve their confidence in fulfilling their role, including ensuring that they access up-to-date, evidence-based training on school safeguarding policies and procedures.Read More
The National Union of Teachers, now part of the National Education Union, created an innovative set of resources to help primary school teachers discuss gender equality in the classroom, with the aim of empowering students to challenge gender stereotypes and develop empathy for children of all gender identities. The resources are based on a project carried out in 5 primary schools
The resource includes:
“Stereotypes Stop You Doing Stuff” is a detailed overview report looking at how the 5 primary schools used resources to empower students to challenge gender stereotypes
“Boys Things and Girls Things?” explores the strategies that primary school teachers used to explore gender stereotyping, through the use of books.
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