Posts tagged Youth Empowerment
Youth Work Inquiry Final Report April 2019

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.

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National Autistic Society Educational Resources for Autism Awareness Week

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.

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Counselling in Schools: A Blueprint for the Future

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.

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"#NewFilters to manage the impact of social media on young people's mental health and wellbeing" Report

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.

Findings include:

  • 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.

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Media Smart Resources on Advertising and Body Image for Primary and Secondary Schools

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.

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Jessie & Friends: Online safety education for 4-7s National Crime Agency Resource

The National Crime Agency has created a new resource for use with 4-7 year olds to help them explore the topic of online safety. Jessie & Friends is a three-episode animated series which aims to equip 4-7 year olds with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to help them stay safe from sexual abuse and other risks they may encounter online.

The films are accompanied by a comprehensive resource pack for professionals, with session plans for each episode and guidance on safe and effective delivery. Also available are subtitled versions of the animations, storybooks, and posters for parents/carers and children.

The key message for children throughout Jessie and Friends is that if a child ever feels worried about anything that happens online, they should seek help from an adult they trust.

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Step Up, Speak Up! Childnet International Resources

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.

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Rise Above Public Health England Resource on Puberty for Key Stage 3

A new Lesson Plan designed by the Rise Above team at Public Health England to help PSHE teachers explore puberty with their students in a positive, evidence-based and accessible way. The lesson plan, PowerPoint and accompanying resources look at the physical body changes that students are and will go through and how these can affect their emotions, identity and sexuality.

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Breaking the Mould: Challenging Gender Stereotypes Primary School National Education Union Resource

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.

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"Take 5! Five Simple Ways to Better Mental Health and Wellbeing Written for and by LGBTU Young People" Allsorts Youth Project Guide

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.

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"On the sidelines: The economic and personal cost of childhood exposure to Domestic Violence" Hestia Report

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.

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Kidney Research UK Resource Pack for Schools

A resource pack compiled by Kidney Research UK for use in primary and secondary schools to talk about kidney health for use on World Kidney Day which happens annually on the 14th March. The resource pack includes information on how the kidneys work, activities and games to reinforce key information and links to organisations students can get in touch with if they want to find out more about kidney health.

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Rise Above Public Health England Lesson Plan on Dealing With Change KS3 and 4

A great resource or teachers teaching PSHE at Key Stages 3 and 4 to use with students to empower them to talk about how to deal with the changes they may be facing and will face in their adolescence , with an emphasis on relationships. The resource includes a ready-to-use lesson plan, PowerPoint presentation and set of videos.

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Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education Statutory Guidance February 2019

The Department for Education has published their amended Relationships Education for Primary Schools, Relationships and Sex Education for Secondary Schools and Health Education statutory guidance following consultation with key stakeholder groups. Core areas covered in the guidance include mental health and emotional wellbeing, puberty, online safety, basic First Aid and healthy and unhealthy relationships.

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The effectiveness of Art Therapy in reducing internalising and externalising problems of Female Adolescents

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).

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