Posts tagged Policy
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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Female Genital Mutilation: Guidance for Schools

New guidance from the National FGM Centre for primary and secondary schools which aims to equip professionals to feel confident in responding to safeguarding concerns relating to girls at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

The guidance covers areas including:

  • FGM and the law

  • FGM risk factors

  • Requirements of the new statutory RSE guidance regarding FGM

  • How to explore concerns with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

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Teaching Online Safety in School Department for Education Guidance

A new guidance document from the Department for Education for primary and secondary schools to help them to provide the knowledge and skills training to children and young people to empower them to use the internet safely.

Topic areas covered include:

  • How to evaluate what children and young people see online

  • How to recognise techniques used for persuasion

  • Online behaviour

  • How to identify online risks

  • How and when to seek support

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AGENDA NEU RSE and PSHE Resource

AGENDA is a new online resource developed by the National Education Union (NEU) to help teachers and teaching assistants to talk about positive relationships with students in an evidence-based and accurate way.

Through starter activities and case studies, AGENDA invites professionals to explore inclusive, creative and rights-based approaches to a range of issues including: feelings and emotions; friendships and relationships; body image; consent; gender and sexuality equality and equity; gender-based and sexual violence.

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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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"Left to Their Own Devices: Young People, Social Media and Mental Health" Barnardo's Report June 2019

Barnardo’s has released a research report into young people’s use of social media, with a specific focus on the effect of using social media platforms on mental health. The authors explored the views of children and young people, parents/guardians/carers and frontline Barnardo’s practitioners.

The report found that:

  • 78% of practitioners working with children aged between 11 and 15 had accessed unsuitable or harmful content through social media

  • 84% of practitioners working with children aged between 11 and 15 were able to use social media to access advice and help for mental wellbeing

  • Children and young people want guidance on social media to focus on the stories of children and young people who have first-hand experience of social media.

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Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A step-by-step Guide for Leaders, Teachers and non-Teaching Staff - The Carers Trust and The Children's Society

A useful guide co-produced by The Carer’s Trust and The Children’s Society to provide school leadership teams, teachers and non-Teaching staff with the knowledge and skills they need to empower young carers to achieve their academic potential and aid their social skill development whilst at school. The guide covers a number of important topics, including:

  • Reviewing school provision for young carers

  • Introducing a Young Carers School Operational Lead

  • Setting up systems to identify, assess and support young carers

  • Raising awareness of caring responsibility with the peers of students with caring responsibilities.

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Children's Understanding of Depression Research Summary - Association for Child and Adolescent Health

A summary of new research conducted by the Association for Child and Adolescent Health which looks at children’s understanding of depression, based on their study of fictional texts. Children aged between 8 and 12 took part in the research. Researchers found that children tended to anticipate negative outcomes if the character's depression had not been treated. 1/3 of the children who took part in the research expected that there would be a deterioration in the fictional child's emotional state and children aged 11 and 12 years were naturally more sophisticated in their thinking about depression.

The research highlights the need for preventative school-based interventions in primary school that address the misconceptions that children have towards mental health, in particular anxiety and depression.

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Online Safety: A Practical Guide for Schools: Balancing risks and opportunities and promoting a practical approach

A guide produced by RM Safety providing practical tips and advice to school-based professionals on ensuring online safety of children in their school. The guide has 4 sections:

  • Policy and practice, leadership and management

  • Training and education for staff, students, parents and carers

  • Technical solutions

  • Reviewing your approach

The guide should be shared with all professionals responsible for ensuring the online safety of students, including the ICT team.

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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: A Guide to Supporting Trans Staff and Volunteers

A straightforward guide produced by Action for Children for managers in their organisation designed to provide them with the basic level of awareness needed to ensure that trans staff and volunteers in their organisation feel supported whilst they are working for the organisation. The guide includes sections on legislation, pronoun use, terminology and dealing with transphobic language. The guide can be easily adapted by HR professionals for use in their own organisation.

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Creating a dementia-friendly workplace: A practical guide for employers- Alzheimer's Society

A useful guide from the Alzheimer’s Society with information, advice and guidance on creating a dementia-friendly workplace for staff and service users designed for employers and HR professionals. The guide includes sections on dementia awareness, supporting employees with dementia and signposting information to organisations who can provide further information, advice and guidance in their local area.

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Leading on Learning: A hands-on guide for line managers

The Campaign for Learning, the Chartered Management Institute and Pearson TalentLens has created a guide which helps line managers to work towards the embedding of the value of undertaking learning, training and development activities in the business culture.

The guide includes information on:

  • Key steps to developing staff

  • Developing your leadership, management and coaching skills

  • Resources links page

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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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A Briefing Paper on Ramadan- Newham Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education

A handy resource for education professionals to find out more about Ramadan, including advice on how schools should regard Ramadan, any potential effects of children and young people fasting on their ability to participate in sport or undertake exams and whether schools should communicate with all parents about preparations and provisions for Ramadan.

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