Preventing child sexual abuse: the role of schools

Preventing child sexual abuse: the role of schools

The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a report looking into the current provision of education programmes related to the prevention of child sexual abuse in schools in England. Findings from 1,093 primary and secondary schools who responded to an online survey of head teachers show that: around half of primary schools reported that they teach topics related to sexual exploitation and abuse, compared to almost 90% of secondary schools; more than a third of primary schools and 15% of secondary schools do not hold specific sessions with pupils to allow them to raise concerns; 34% of primary schools and 16% of secondary schools do not have a confidential/secure place where pupils can disclose abuse; 20% of primary schools and 12% of secondary schools  do not have a designated person that pupils can go to if they have a concern.

Source: Children’s Commissioner for England  Date: 19 April 2017

Further information: Preventing child sexual abuse: the role of schools (PDF)

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Survey reveals concerns over mental health

Survey reveals concerns over mental health

Teenage mental health charity stem4 has reported findings from a poll of 500 12-to-16 year olds looking at mental health problems. Findings include: 79% of young people surveyed have reported feelings associated with poor mental health since starting secondary school; exam worries (41%), work overload (31%) and friendship concerns (28%) were the top anxieties recorded. A survey of parents found that: 35 % fear that poor mental health will leave their children unable to enjoy their teenage years; and 28% felt their children were liable to suffer from poor mental health as adults if they do not benefit from suitable support sooner rather than later.

Source: stem4  Date: 27 March 2017

Further information: Guardian

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Childhood neglect and abuse: evidence review

Childhood neglect and abuse: evidence review

The Department for Education (DfE) has published an evidence review examining the effects of abuse and neglect on children, and whether different placement types affect their outcomes. Findings from the review of UK research from 2000 to 2016 includes: neglect is the most prevalent form of maltreatment; providing earlier, effective and holistic support to parents, whilst keeping the child’s welfare in mind, can reduce the risk of maltreatment; the age of the child at entry to care has been consistently found to be associated with the stability of placements and children’s well-being; positive changes to the caregiving environment can help children to recover from their experiences of maltreatment; children and young people may also need specialist therapeutic support to help them recover from adverse impacts of maltreatment and to make sense of their experiences.

Source: DfE  Date: 27 March 2017

Further information: The impacts of abuse and neglect on children; and comparison of different placement options: evidence review (PDF)

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Children’s social work statistics: Scotland

Children’s social work statistics: Scotland

The Scottish Government has published Children’s social work statistics for the period 2015-16. Figures show that at 31 July 2016 there were 2,723 children on the child protection register and 15,317 looked after children; 691 of these children were both looked after and on the child protection register. The number of children on a child protection register and looked after children have both decreased by 1% since 2014/15.

Source: Scottish Government  Date: 28 March 2017

Further information: Children’s social work statistics: Scotland, 2015-16 (PDF)

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Child sexual exploitation offences in Greater Manchester

Child sexual exploitation offences in Greater Manchester

Ann Coffey MP has published a report looking at child sexual exploitation in the Greater Manchester area. Figures from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) show: there were 714 recorded sexual offences that were flagged for child sexual exploitation (CSE) in 2016, compared with 146 in 2013; and a survey of 2,452 Year 10 children in the area found that 12% of 14-year-olds reported sending a sext message or image, while 22% said they had received one.

Source: Guardian  Date: 30 March 2017

Further information: Real voices- are they being heard? (PDF)

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Too many children are suffering in silence

Too many children are suffering in silence – it’s time to start speaking to them about mental health

Sex education is regularly taught – mental health less so. But it’s all health at the end of the day

Too many children are suffering in silence – it’s time to start speaking to them about mental health

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/mental-health-children-sex-education-compulsory-teaching-a7662736.html

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Children missing education

The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) carried out this research to voice the experiences of children missing out on an education. A Freedom of Information request by the BBC found that 33,262 children were recorded as missing education in the academic year 2014-15. This is based on the narrow statutory definition of children missing education, but our research suggests the real number of children who are not being educated may be significantly higher. The Government does not collect national-level data, meaning the scale of the problem is unknown.

 

source: National Childrens Bureau

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Government introduces law to tackle sexual communications to children

Government introduces law to tackle sexual communications to children

Adults who communicate with children using sexual language could face up to two years in prison and be automatically placed on the sex offenders register, according to a new law announced today.

From 3 April, anyone aged 18 or older who sends a child aged under 16 emails, text messages, letters or other forms of on- or offline communication with sexual intent could be prosecuted.

Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss said mobile phones and social media had made children more vulnerable to “those who prey on their innocence and exploit their trust”.

Source: CYPNow

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School funding changes

School funding changes

Children & Young People Now report that the Local Government Association has warned that a £600 million reduction in the education services grant (ESG) from central government means child protection arrangements and support for vulnerable pupils may be at risk as many councils will no longer have the money to fund them.

Source: Children & Young People Now  Date: 15 March 2017

Further information: Vital school support services at risk following funding cut

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Child poverty figures

Child poverty figures

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published statistics on the number and percentage of people living in low income households for financial years 1994/95 to 2015/16 for the UK. Figures show that: four million children in are in poverty; the percentage of children in relative low income increased by one percentage point from 2014/15, rising to levels last seen in 2009/10.

Source: DWP  Date: 16 March 2017

Further information: Households below average income: an analysis of the income distribution 1994/95 to 2015/16 (PDF)

 

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