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
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
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.
Lovewise is a specialist organisation providing RSE resources to schools with a Christian ethos. The resources cover a variety of topics that students and staff need to be aware of, including Child Sex Exploitation and healthy relationships and friendships.Read More
A great resource for Designated Safeguarding Leads to use with the SLT and with teachers in safeguarding training sessions to help instigate important discussions around spotting the signs of harmful sexual behaviours amongst children and young people. The resource includes a number of scenarios and guidance on how to assess the behaviour.Read More
A report containing research conducted by the PSHE Association into how trainee teachers learn about PSHE education through the analysis of the experiences of trainee teachers going through ITE in the West Midlands.
Key findings include:
PSHE education being often conflated with pastoral provision, so providers are unaware that they are failing to address PSHE
Organisational attitudes have a demonstrable impact on the quality of trainee teachers’ experiences
The level of PSHE input differs depending on secondary subject specialism.
A research report by the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families and the Evidence Based Practice Unit, based at University College London exploring findings from analysis of the HeadStart programme, designed to improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people aged 10-16 and how participation affected school attainment, attendance and number of school exclusions.Read More
A report compiled by Project 17 which looks at the life experiences of children who are asylum seekers living in the UK.Read More
An important Lancet Psychiatry journal article which contains findings from a clinical study looking at the prevalence, clinical features, and risk factors associated with trauma exposure and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in young people. Findings from interviews with young people aged 18 who were born in England and Wales in 1994–95, include:
31·1% of the 2,064 participants who completed the interviews at 18 reported experiencing some form of trauma during childhood, ranging from car accidents and sexual assault to bullying and the death of someone close
7.8% of the 2,063 young people who answered questions about PTSD said they had experienced PTSD during their lifetime, including 25.0% of the young people who had experienced childhood trauma.
An interesting study by Yasaman Bazargan and Shahla Pakdaman looking at how Art Therapy can be utilised to help improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of young women experiencing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).Read More
An interesting blogpost compiled by Inner Drive highlighting recent evidence from social psychological studies which demonstrate that multi-tasking can lead to a 40% decrease in productivity amongst students, leading to errors and increased levels of stress and anxiety.Read More
A thought-provoking article by John Poyton for Children & Young People Now which looks at recent knife crime statistics released by the ONS and asks what teachers can do to help reduce the number of knife crime offences committed by young people.Read More
A FGM briefing put together by Penny Patterson, Senior Safeguarding Inspector at the London Borough Council of Havering for Safeguarding in Schools following the recent case of a mother of a three-year-old girl who became the first person in the UK to be found guilty of FGM.Read More
A set of qualitative case studies compiled by CooperGibson Research on behalf of the Department for Education exploring best practice in preventing and tackling bullying in schools and colleges.Read More
This report presents pen portraits of mental health provision based on case study research in 36 schools, colleges and other educational institutions across England.Read More
This research was commissioned to provide learning about how schools and colleges are supporting the mental health needs of children and young people. It was commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) as part of a programme of work to inform the focus of policy activity on mental health and character education in schools and colleges in England. A number of qualitative case studies are provided.Read More