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14:28PM Monday, 16 November 2020

Technology-assisted child sexual abuse

NSPCC Learning has published an evaluation of InCtrl, a service designed to help keep children aged 9- to 13-years-old safe online to prevent technology-assisted child sexual abuse (TA-CSA). Findings from an evaluation of a pilot of the service between January 2019 and February 2020 include: InCtrl was well-received by the young people attending and practitioners facilitating the groups; and there was evidence of increased digital resilience, emotional resilience, and wellbeing for children who completed the pilot service.

Read the report: Increasing safety and the resilience of children at risk of technology-assisted child sexual abuse

See also on NSPCC Learning > Ensuring children are safe online and preventing technology-assisted child sexual abuse



14:30PM Monday, 16 November 2020

Racist and faith targeted bullying

The Anti-Bullying Alliance and the National Children's Bureau has published a literature review examining literature on peer-on-peer racist and faith targeted bullying among children and young people in the UK. Findings from 21 studies include: Black and minority ethnic (BAME) groups and religious minorities in the research as a whole appear no more likely to be bullied than others; groups more likely to be bullied were Gypsy, Roma and Traveller, asylum seeker/refugee and mixed-race children and young people; and the type of racist and faith targeted bullying most often reported was name calling.

Read the news story: Racist and faith targeted bullying - prevalence

See also on NSPCC Learning > NSPCC Learning: Anti-bullying resources



16:07PM Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Online safety: sharing videos and images

Net Aware, produced by the NSPCC and O2, has released content to help parents and carers who may be worried about their child sharing videos and images online. The content discusses why children use apps like TikTok and Snapchat, and provides guidance for parents and carers to help keep their children safe including: setting their account to private; reminding them not to post locations in real time or share personal information; and talking to them about sexting and sharing nudes.

Read the news story: Should I be worried about my child sharing videos and images online?



10:26AM Thursday, 22 October 2020

Peer-on-peer sexual abuse

NSPCC Learning has put together some principles outlining best practice to help with recognising and responding to peer-on-peer sexual abuse. The content includes information on: what peer-on-peer sexual abuse looks like; how to respond appropriately and proportionately to concerns or instances of peer-on-peer sexual abuse; how to help prevent peer-on-peer sexual abuse occurring; and an overview of the legislation and guidance to help practitioners recognise and respond to peer-on-peer sexual abuse across the UK.

Read the news story: Protecting children from peer-on-peer sexual abuse

See also on NSPCC Learning > Protecting children from harmful sexual behaviour


10:27AM Thursday, 22 October 2020

Child trafficking

Childline has published a webpage with information for children and young people about child trafficking and exploitation. The page discusses what child trafficking and exploitation is, where children and young people can get support and what to do if they are worried about someone else.

Visit the webpage: Child trafficking and exploitation ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​

See also on NSPCC Learning > Protecting children from trafficking and modern slavery


10:28AM Thursday, 22 October 2020

Coronavirus: children and young peopleā??s wellbeing

The Department for Education (DfE) has published a report collating evidence from a range of government, academic, voluntary, and private sector organisations on the wellbeing in children and young people aged 5 to 24 in England over the period of March to August 2020. Indicators covered in the report include: personal wellbeing; relationships; health; education and skills; personal finance; and activities.

Read the press release: Effect of pandemic on children's wellbeing revealed in new report

Read the report: State of the nation 2020: children and young people's wellbeing ​​​​​​​

See also on NSPCC Learning > Promoting mental health and wellbeing


10:23AM Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Wellbeing

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published analysis of UK children's perspectives on their well-being and what makes a happy life. Ten focus groups with 48 children and young people aged between 10 and 15 carried out between September 2019 and February 2020 (before lockdown) found that the principal themes identified in relation to what children need for a happy life include: positive relationships; safe spaces and things to do; health and well-being; skills and schools; and a happy future.

Read the news story: What matters most to children's well-being? Their views on what makes a happy life

Read the report: Children's views on well-being and what makes a happy life, UK: 2020



10:25AM Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Coronavirus: impact on children and young people

The Children's Commissioner for England has published a report examining the impact of the coronavirus crisis on children and young people in areas including education, social care, health, youth justice, housing, and family life. The report includes specific recommendations in each area to help children recover from their experiences, and calls for: a comprehensive recovery package for children and young people; children to be put at the heart of planning for further lockdowns; and children's rights and protections to be upheld. Separate blogs highlight the impact of the pandemic on children in care and care leavers who contacted the Children's Commissioner's Help at Hand helpline and how lockdown affected children's stress and anxiety.

Read the news story: A comprehensive recovery package is needed to tackle rising tide of childhood vulnerability caused by the Covid crisis

Read the report: Childhood in the time of Covid (PDF)

Read the blog: Help at Hand spotlight: championing the rights of children in care under Covid-19 / How lockdown affected children's stress and anxiety


15:19PM Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Coronavirus: physical abuse

NSPCC Learning has published a briefing using insight from Childline counselling sessions and NSPCC helpline contacts to highlight the impact of physical abuse on children and young people during the coronavirus pandemic. Key findings include: a 22% increase in the number of counselling sessions provided by Childline about physical abuse, from an average of 420 sessions per month before pandemic restrictions were imposed to 514 sessions per month since lockdown; a 53% increase in contacts to the NSPCC helpline from people with concerns about children experiencing physical abuse, from an average of 696 per month before lockdown to an average of 1,066 since lockdown.

Read the briefing: The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on child welfare: physical abuse

See also on NSPCC Learning : Protecting children from physical abuse


15:21PM Wednesday, 9 September 2020

NSPCC Library reading list: World Suicide Prevention Day 2020

The NSPCC Library and Information Service has created a reading list for World Suicide Prevention Day 2020, which includes information on mental health and wellbeing, self-harm and national suicide prevention action plans.

Access the resources: World Suicide Prevention Day 2020



14:57PM Monday, 22 June 2020

Coronavirus: guidance collections

The Department for Education (DfE) has published webpages bringing together guidance for schools, early year and childcare providers and local authority children's services in England outlining what they need to do during the coronavirus outbreak.

Read the guidance: Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19)

Early years and childcare: coronavirus (COVID-19)

Local authority children's services: coronavirus (COVID-19)



14:59PM Monday, 22 June 2020

Coronavirus: information for parents and carers

The Department for Education (DfE) has published information for parents and carers about the opening of early years providers, schools and colleges, safety in schools, attendance, transport, school meals and exams.

Read the guidance: What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak



15:00PM Monday, 22 June 2020

Coronavirus: children returning to school in England

The Department for Education (DfE) has issued a press statement encouraging headteachers of schools in England to invite back more primary pupils before the summer, where they have capacity to do so. The DfE has also published guidance to help schools in England identify and address gaps in pupils' understanding due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Read the press release: Primary schools to be given flexibility to bring back more pupils

Read the guidance: Identifying and addressing gaps in pupils' understanding



15:02PM Monday, 22 June 2020

Coronavirus: pastoral care in schools

The Department for Education (DfE) has published guidance on how schools in England can provide additional emotional and pastoral support for pupils when they return to school following the coronavirus outbreak.

Read the guidance: Pastoral care in the curriculum



15:02PM Monday, 22 June 2020

Coronavirus: schools FAQs

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing around frequently asked questions (FAQs) about coronavirus and schools in the UK. The briefing looks at school closures and re-openings; school attendance rates; and survey evidence about differences in home learning.

Read the news story and download the briefing: Coronavirus and schools: FAQs



15:03PM Monday, 22 June 2020

Coronavirus: loneliness

Research in Practice (RiP) has published a blog along with access to resources looking at key messages concerning loneliness and how they can be applied in social care practice.

Read the blog: Social connection, loneliness and lockdown



15:04PM Monday, 22 June 2020

Coronavirus: children and young peopleā??s mental health

The Centre for Mental Health has published a report looking at the impact of the coronavirus crisis on mental health including children's mental health. The report calls on the Government to take urgent action on mental health inequalities in its planning for recovery from the pandemic.

Read the news story: Covid-19 could widen mental health inequalities for a generation

Read the report: Covid-19: understanding inequalities in mental health during the pandemic (PDF)



15:35PM Monday, 4 May 2020

Coronavirus: perinatal mental health services

To mark Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week (4-10 May) NSPCC Learning has published a news story describing how the NSPCC has adapted their perinatal mental health services, including Pregnancy and Mind and Baby Steps, during the coronavirus crisis.

Read the news story: Adapting our perinatal mental health services during coronavirus

Visit the campaign webpage: Fight for a Fair Start

Visit the awareness week website: Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week

See also on NSPCC Learning

> Podcast: Perinatal mental health


08:59AM Friday, 3 April 2020

My Time CYP Primary Mental Health Service details updated

The details of how to get in touch with the My Time CYP Primary Mental Health Service have been updated.

To contact the service in the first instance (as the office is temporarily closed) please email the My Time in-box at: mytimecumbria@barnardos.org.uk

PLEASE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION - Name of school and contact details; whether you are requesting advice or making a referral; a time when you can be contacted by telephone; contact telephone number. The admin team monitor emails daily (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm) and will allocate your query to a practitioner who will then contact you.


10:57AM Monday, 16 March 2020

Coronavirus : children's concerns

Childline has updated its website to include information to support children and young people concerned about coronavirus, The Independent has also published an article on advice from experts about how parents can respond to their children's concerns about coronavirus, and includes a comment from the NSPCC.

Visit Childline: Worries about the world: coronavirus

Read the news article: 'I went through my 10-year-old's search history and there was coronavirus':what should parents do about virus fear?


11:07AM Monday, 16 March 2020

Sleeping with babies

The Lullaby Trust has released findings from a survey of more than 8,500 parents which show that: 76% have co-slept with their baby at some point; and over 40% admitted to having done so in dangerous circumstances such as on a sofa, having drunk alcohol or as a smoker. An animation, created in partnership with Public Health England and released to mark Safer Sleep Week (9-15 March), provides advice to parents on keeping their baby safe when they are tired.

Read the news story: New survey shows 40% of parents are not co-sleeping safely

Watch the animation: When your baby won't sleep

Awareness week: Safer sleep week


11:09AM Monday, 16 March 2020

National child exploitation awareness day

National Child Exploitation Awareness Day takes place on 18 March 2020. The day, co-ordinated by the NWG network, aims to highlight the issues surrounding child exploitation; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children exploiting and abusing their peers.

Read the news story: National Child Exploitation Awareness Day

See also on NSPCC Learning> Protecting children from sexual exploitation


11:20AM Monday, 16 March 2020

Learning from case reviews

NSPCC Learning has published three CASPAR briefings on reports looking at learning from serious case reviews and rapid reviews in England. The briefings summarise key findings from: The Department for Education's (DfE's) triennial analysis looking at serious case reviews relating to incidents of child maltreatment between 2014 and 2017; the annual review of the Child Safeguarding Review Panel which provides analysis of over 500 rapid reviews received from July 2018 to December 2019; and the Panel's first national review focusing on safeguarding children at risk from criminal exploitation.

Read the news story: UK Government publishes three new reports about learning from case reviews in England

See also on NSPCC Learning >The Department of Education's triennial analysis of serious case reviews 2014-2017

>The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel's annual report for 2018-2019

>The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel's report on safeguarding children at risk from criminal exploitation


14:01PM Monday, 9 March 2020

Safeguarding children at risk from criminal exploitation

The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel has published a review into adolescent deaths or serious harm where criminal exploitation was a factor. The review examines the lives of 21 teenagers from 17 areas across England who died or experienced serious harm where criminal exploitation was a factor, and aims to identify what might be done differently by practitioners to improve approaches to protecting adolescents who find themselves threatened with violence and serious harm by criminal gangs. Findings include: boys from black and minority ethnic backgrounds appear to be more vulnerable to harm from criminal exploitation; exclusion from mainstream school is seen as a trigger point for risk of serious harm; parental engagement is nearly always a protective factor; and more priority should be given to disrupting perpetrator activity. A CASPAR briefing summarising findings from this report will be published on the NSPCC Learning website later this week.

Read the news story: Safeguarding children at risk from criminal exploitation

Read the report: It was hard to escape Safeguarding children at risk from criminal exploitation (PDF)


14:02PM Monday, 9 March 2020

Triennial review: serious and fatal child maltreatment

The Department for Education (DfE) has published a triennial review analysing 368 serious case reviews (SCRs) from April 2014 to March 2017 of children and young people affected by serious and fatal child maltreatment in England. Findings show that: most serious and fatal maltreatment continues to take place within the family; infancy and adolescence represent the periods of greatest vulnerability; criminal exploitation covers a range of activities that victimise the child, not just sexual exploitation; and adolescents who go missing are an indication that all is not well in their lives. A CASPAR briefing summarising the findings will be published on the NSPCC Learning website later this week. Research in Practice have produced six online briefings summarising sector-specific themes from the report.

Read the news story: Analysis of serious case reviews: 2014 to 2017

Read the report: Complexity and challenge: a triennial analysis of SCRs 2014-2017 (PDF)

Read Research in Practice briefings: Materials to support the application of learning in practice


14:04PM Monday, 9 March 2020

Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel: annual report

The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel has published its first annual report providing analysis of 538 rapid reviews, carried out in England, received between July 2018 and December 2019. Findings include: 244 of the rapid reviews reported that children had died and 294 reported serious harm. 144 (27%) involved the death or serious harm of an under-one-year-old due to non-accidental injury; weak risk assessment and poor decision making were identified as a major practice theme within 218 (41%) of all the rapid reviews received; and poor information exchange between agencies was present in 215 (40%). A CASPAR briefing summarising findings from this report will be published on the NSPCC Learning website later this week.

Read the news story: Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel: annual report 2018 to 2019

Read the report: Annual Report 2018 to 2019 (PDF)


14:27PM Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Online safety

The BBC reports that TikTok, a social video app that allows users to share short videos, is introducing a family safety mode designed to give parents tighter control over how their children use the app. The safety feature will allow parents and carers to link their account to their child's and have direct control over the safety settings.

Read the news story: TikTok 'family safety mode' gives parents some app control

See also on NSPCC Learning : Online safety training


11:46AM Monday, 24 February 2020

Publication of North Cumbria CYP Resilience, Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Local Transformation Plan Refresh 2020

The Cumbria Health and Wellbeing Board signed off the North Cumbria Children and Young People's Resilience, Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Local Transformation Plan Refresh for 2020 at its February meeting. The Plan which was completed by the CYP Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Partnership is now published on North Cumbria CCG website and can be found here: North Cumbria CYP EWB and MH Local Plan 2020

This programme of transformation work has been in place since 'Future in Mind' was first published in 2015 and aims to improve the resilience, emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people, their parents and carers, making it easier for them and their families to access help and support when they need it and improve mental health services. The plan sets out several achievements over the last five years and set out how we will continue with this work in 2020 and beyond.


11:49AM Monday, 3 February 2020

Children and young people's mental health

The Children's Commissioner for England has published the third annual children's mental health briefing looking at the provision of children and young people's mental health services in England. The report finds that in 2018/19: an additional 53,000 children entered treatment; around one in four children and young people with a diagnosable mental health condition were referred to services; and children and young people waited an average of 53 days to enter treatment.

Read the news story: The state of children's mental health services

Read the report: The state of children's mental health services (PDF)


11:54AM Monday, 3 February 2020

Online privacy

The UK Safer Internet Centre has published a blog containing advice for parents and professionals about improving online privacy. Topics covered include reviewing privacy settings on social media, updating passwords and reviewing permissions.

Read the blog: Improve your privacy online: advice for parents and professionals


14:25PM Friday, 27 December 2019

Childhood trauma and brain development

NSPCC Learning has published new content looking at how childhood trauma affects child brain development. The content covers: how children's brains develop from birth through adolescence; how trauma can affect this growth; and tips and guidance for parents, carers or anyone working with children for encouraging healthy brain growth. The content is explained by using six metaphors to describe different aspects of brain development.

Read the new content: How childhood trauma affects child brain development

See also on NSPCC Learning: Trauma and child brain development: face-to-face training


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