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Quest News: Issue 34 - 11th May 2022

“The key to success is to start before you are ready”

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Mental Health Awareness Week 9-15 May 2022 – Loneliness

For Mental Health Awareness Week this year, we're raising awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental wellbeing and the practical steps we can take to address it.

Every child deserves the best start in life

Ofsted has today published a new strategy for the next 5 years (2022 to 2027).

Controlled by My Partner? the Hidden Abuse

Ruth Dodsworth explores the crime of coercive control and what needs to be done to stop this insidious domestic abuse.

The Hourglass Mission

One in six older people are victims of abuse. That’s over 16% of our mothers, fathers, uncles, aunties, grannies, grandads, friends, and neighbours. The Hourglass mission is simple: end the harm, abuse, and exploitation of older people in the UK.

Health and Care Act

The Health and Care Bill was passed into law in England on 28 April 2022. The new Act establishes 42 Integrated Care Boards (ICBs), which will replace Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across England from 01 July 2022. Under the new Act ICBs will have to report annually on how well they are delivering their duty to safeguard children and young people.

Government failure to consider risks of asymptomatic Covid spread in care homes was unlawful, rules court

Policies issued in first weeks of pandemic should have provided for isolation of residents newly admitted to care homes, says judgment.

Online Safety for 11 - 18s (CEOP)

CEOP has created a new website for teenagers called 'The internet, relationships & you' and offers advice on socialising online, online safety, getting support and sexual content online. CEOP is a part of the National Crime Agency.

Contextual safeguarding resource

The Youth Advisory Panel of the Safer Young Lives Research Centre (SYLRC) has created a resource booklet for children and young people on contextual safeguarding and dangers outside the home. This resource is also designed for professionals that work with children and young people to use as a tool to facilitate discussion about safeguarding in an age-appropriate way.

Appropriate/inappropriate relationships resource updated

Barnardo’s has updated its Real love rocks resources for children and young people on healthy relationships, exploitation, and radicalisation. The content is in line with the Department for Education’s statutory guidelines for relationships, sex and health education lessons in England and is a tool for professionals working with children. The age-appropriate resources have been designed to help teachers and other professionals talk to children and young people about difficult issues such as consent, grooming, technology, bullying, pornography, sexual harassment and appropriate and inappropriate relationships. The new edition includes additional information on topics such as emotional regulation and creating a support network.

Speak out Stay safe programme for children with additional needs and disabilities updated

NSPCC Learning has updated their Speak out Stay safe programme for children with additional needs and disabilities. The specially adapted resources support schools to deliver vital messages to pupils about how to recognise abuse, and which trusted adults to turn to for help. The programme is suitable for pupils with moderate learning disabilities, additional learning needs and/or autism.

Male victims of abuse

The Home Office has released a document on supporting male victims of crimes commonly associated with violence against women and girls (VAWG) that supplements the plan to tackle domestic abuse. The document highlights the specific barriers and vulnerabilities both boys and men face when reporting and seeking support for sexual or domestic abuse, and the need for specialism in the support that services and organisations give.

#WakeUpWednesday: Loneliness online: what causes it and ways to feel better

Whether it’s their family, friends or teachers, children are almost always surrounded by people – so the possibility of them feeling lonely doesn’t naturally occur to us. It came as a troubling surprise, then, when the UK’s Office for National Statistics collected data showing that more than one out of ten 10–15-year-olds frequently feels lonely.

Young people often attempt to ease this sadness by doing something enjoyable on their phone, tablet or games console – but on occasion, the online world is what’s actually causing them to feel lonely. To mark Mental Health Awareness Week (starting 9th May), our #WakeUpWednesday guide presents young people’s own tips on how digital tech can help to beat the loneliness blues.

Children and parents: media use and attitudes report 2022 (Ofcom)

Ofcom's latest report looks at media use, attitudes and understanding among children and young people aged 3-17. It also includes findings on parents’ views about their children’s media use, and how parents of children and young people aged 3-17 monitor and manage their children’s use.

Key points from the report include:

Nearly all children went online in 2021 (99%); the majority used a mobile phone (72%) or tablet (69%) to do so.

Using video-sharing platforms (VSPs) such as YouTube or TikTok was the most popular online activity among children aged 3-17 (95%).

Among all types of online platforms, YouTube was the most widely used by children; 89% used it, compared to half using TikTok. But TikTok was more popular than YouTube for posting content.

A majority of children under 13 had their own profile on at least one social media app or site; 33% of parents of 5-7s said their child had a profile, and 60% of 8-11s said they had one.

Just four in ten parents of 3-17s knew the minimum age requirement for using most social media; 42% correctly said 13. Four in ten parents of 8-11-year-olds said they would allow their child to use social media (38%).

Six in ten children aged 3-17 played games online in 2021, increasing to three-quarters of 12 - 17s.

More than a third of 8-17s who gamed online played with people they didn’t know (36%); overall, 16% of 8-17s chatted to people they didn’t know, via the messaging/ chat functions in games.

Children were more likely to experience being bullied via technology than face-to-face: 84% of 8-17s said they had been bullied this way (i.e., via text or messaging, on social media, in online games, through phone or video calls, or via other aps and sites) compared to 61% being bullied face-to-face.

Child trafficking

Every Child Protected Against Trafficking (ECPAT) and Missing People have released an updated report on the numbers of looked after children who have previously been trafficked who go missing from care in the UK. Findings include: 31% of looked after children who had experienced child trafficking went missing from care in the UK in 2020; the number of children who had been trafficked who go missing from care has increased by 25% since 2018; and in 2020 looked after children who had been trafficked went missing an average of eight times over a year, compared with an average of 6.5 missing incidents for the looked after children population as a whole.

Speak out Stay safe

Speak out Stay safe is an online safeguarding programme for children aged 5- to 11-years-old. It is available to all primary schools in the UK and Channel Islands.

Latest news stories and case reviews:

Rochdale nursery closes after critical Ofsted inspection:

Lukasz Czapla: Dad shot, stabbed and smothered son, 2, to get ‘revenge’ on ex in ‘truly evil’ murder:

Dad jailed for 14 years for killing baby daughter who died of catastrophic brain injury:

Leiland-James Corkill: woman accused of murdering baby boy she hoped to adopt:

Rikki Neave murder: what happened to 6-year-old, who is killer James Watson, where is mother Ruth Neave now?:

Sabina Nessa: what happened to school teacher murdered by killer Koci Selamaj in Cator Park and cause of death:


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