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UN Rights of the Child contravened in Child Q case, warns psychologists

The actions towards Child Q, a Black female child of secondary school age who was strip searched by female police officers from the Metropolitan Police Service, directly contravened the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child sections 3.1 and 3.2, psychologists have warned.

Child Q’s intimate body parts were exposed when she was strip searched [...]

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Half of secondary school teachers ill equipped to teach sex education

Almost a half of secondary school teachers do not feel confident teaching sex and relationships education, according to a joint survey by the NSPCC and education union NASUWT.

The majority of teachers (86%) feel they need more resources and training in this subject area and 57% think the level of support from the government has [...]

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Report reveals rise in levels of unhappiness in schools

Young people are on average less happy with their life as a whole, with school, friends and how they look than 10 years ago, according to The Good Childhood Report published by The Children’s Society.

More children (aged 10 to 17) are unhappy with school than with the other aspects of life they are asked [...]

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Special Report: Cost-of-living impact on social workers, foster carers and service users

More children will go into care as a result of the cost-of-living crisis, social workers are predicting.

A survey of social workers carried out by BASW and SWU found that social workers overwhelmingly predicted vulnerable adults could die this winter, that more children would go into care, there will be a spike in domestic violence, [...]

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Union publishes guidance for journalists on social work reporting

Guidance for journalists on how to report on social work matters has been published by the Social Workers Union.

The guidelines, which were produced after members of the Social Workers Union (SWU) came forward with harrowing stories about the impact of poor media reporting about the profession, are designed to provide more protection for those [...]

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Former Children’s Minister pledges to raise profile of social workers in Parliament

Former Children’s Minister Tim Loughton MP has pledged to do everything he can do in Parliament to raise the profile of social workers in a bid to end the unfair portrayal of the profession in the media and in society.

Tim Loughton MP

Speaking at a WillisPalmer online Social Work event to celebrate one year since [...]

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World Mental Health Day: Young People’s mental health services must be transformed


The legacy of COVID combined with the cost-of-living crisis will be a tsunami of mental health problems emerging across the country among children and young people unless systems are put in place to ensure that people with mental ill health get the right support at the right time.

As we mark World Mental Health Day, [...]

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Research launched into experiences of kinship carers from ethnic minorities


The charity Kinship is to lead major new research on the experiences of kinship families from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, it has been announced during Kinship Care Week.

During the week Monday 3rd to Friday 7th October there has been celebration for the amazing role that kinship carers across England and Wales play [...]

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“Not enough being done” to ensure children are safe online


The children’s commissioner for England has said that she is “simply not satisfied” that enough is being done to keep children safe online.

Dame Rachel de Souza

Dame Rachel de Souza’s comments were made after it emerged in an inquest into Molly Russell’s death that unsafe online content contributed "in a more than minimal way" to [...]

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