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.
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.
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.
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
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 blog post by the team at Inner Drive looking at the concept of The Protégé Effect and the benefits of this in the classroom environment for students.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 comprehensive resource compiled by NSPCC Learning to help frontline professionals learn more about the experiences of Looked-After Children in the UK, including a statistics briefing and resources library list.Read More
The Alliance for Women and Girls at Risk (Agenda) has released a report looking at the experiences of women, children and young people who have survived domestic abuse and/or sexual violence and how this links to being disadvantaged.
The report includes a section on children and finds that: women facing multiple disadvantage are reluctant to seek help for fear of losing their children; and not enough is being done to support children or consider their needs when they are removed into care.Read More
A new report from the Children’s Commissioner which explores the experiences of young people in England who are members of gangs. The report is based on findings from a 12 month engagement programme with children, their families and professionals, analysis of data, learning from serious case reviews, and research.
The report looks at: the characteristics of children involved in gangs, the children most at risk of being groomed and exploited by gangs, how those responsible for safeguarding children responded to the rise in gang violence, the Government’s response and how children and young people can be kept safe from gang violence.Read More
A comprehensive booklist for secondary school teachers to explore for World Book Day, which takes place on the 7th March. Book recommendations include “Don’t worry, be happy: a child’s guide to overcoming anxiety” by Poppy O’ Neil and “Ethical research with children: untold narratives and taboos” by Sarah Richards.Read More
An informative blog post from the Inner Drive team exploring recent research conducted on how use of electronic devices in the classroom can aid or hinder academic attainment levels and affect mental health and emotional wellbeing.Read More
A briefing prepared by the Sex Education Forum prepared for Parliamentarians to make the case for parents to encourage their children to engage in RSE. The research contained within the briefing can also be used by primary and secondary schools to help make the case to parents to put on empowering, comprehensive RSE.Read More
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
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
A statistics briefing published by NSPCC which looks at the range of statistics available in the UK that relate to child deaths due to abuse or neglect. Findings include: on average at least one child is killed a week in the UK, and children under the age of one are the most likely age group to be killed by another person.Read More