Online abuse

  The NSPCC has released figures on online abuse on social media. The figures, drawn from responses from 35 police forces across the UK on the platforms used to commit sexual offences or indecent image offences against children, show that Facebook-owned apps were used in more than 52% of the instances where the means of communication […]

EU children in UK care system

  The Guardian reports that The Children’s Society has warned that thousands of children of EU citizens who have been taken into care in the UK may become “undocumented” adults with no right to work, rent a home or receive benefits. The Children’s Society figures show that 39% of children in care, or young adults […]

Relationships and sex education

  The Guardian has published an article on teaching children and young people about consent and sexual relationships. The article, which focuses on how to prevent sexual assault by changing cultural norms in children, discusses: how to respond to children asking questions about sex, sexuality or body awareness; teaching about consent through other, non-sexual, examples; […]

Racism in schools

  The Guardian reports that Freedom of information (FoI) requests sent to 201 councils in England, Scotland and Wales and about a fifth of multi-academy trusts in England found that a total of 60,177 racist incidents were recorded over the past five years – a racist incident being defined as any situation perceived to be […]

Independent Review of Children’s Social Care

  The Independent Review of Children’s Social Care in England has published a summary of the more than 800 responses to the call for advice launched in January.  The call for advice closes on 16 April 2021.   Find out more here > […]

Children and young people’s mental health

  The Department of Health and Social Care and Cabinet Office has published a COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing recovery action plan to prevent, mitigate and respond to the mental health impacts of the pandemic during 2021/22 in England. The plan includes a section on children and young people.   Read the news story here […]

Sexual abuse in schools: helpline and Ofsted review

  The Department for Education (DfE) has announced a new helpline to support potential victims of sexual harassment and abuse in education settings. The helpline, run by the NSPCC, provides children and adults who are victims of sexual abuse in schools with support and advice including how to contact the police and report crimes. The […]

Independent Review of Children’s Social Care: New Website

  The website of the independent review of children’s social care in England has been launched. The website provides information and updates about the review, lists the members of the review team and the Experts by Experience Board, answers frequently asked questions, and sets out the ways people can currently get involved in the review.   Find […]

Voices 2021 Writing Competition

  Coram Voice has launched Voices 2021, the national writing competition for children and young people in care and care leavers aged under 25. The competition is intended to promote a positive image of care-experienced young people and to counter negative perceptions by highlighting the achievements and positive stories of these young people. The theme […]