Sexting is becoming ‘the norm’ for teens warn child protection experts
Kate Burls, education team coordinator at Ceop, a command of the National Crime Agency, said: “Working with young people, we are finding that sexting increasingly feels like a norm in terms of behaviour in their peer group.”
Kate Burls went on to describe the important role of PSHE education in protecting children and young people from risks such as ‘snaking’ where a young person is persuaded to send a naked picture, which is then shared with the recipients’ friends without their consent. Burls emphasised the role of educating rather than criminalising young people and stated “Certainly we believe the best way to keep children and young people safe from abuses and exploitation is to embed any stuff around staying safe online in a really strong PSHE education programme.”
The Guardian article can be read in full here.
The British Chamber of Commerce have said that Businesses and schools are ‘still worlds apart’ on readiness for work
Two-thirds (69%) of businesses believe that secondary schools are not effective at preparing young people for work. The UK-wide survey of over 3,500 business and education leaders, published by the British Chambers of Commerce, led to a number of recommendations including that key employability skills such as team work and communication skills should be embedded in the national curriculum.
The study also suggested that lessons should be provided on recruitment and interview techniques, and that direct contact with local businesses “should be at the heart of careers guidance”.
The study can be read about in full here.
Schools have to make 999 calls to get treatment for pupils suffering from mental health problems because of service shortages, head teachers have claimed.
The ASCL Head teachers’ union has found that schools have had to call ambulances or the police to get pupils to A&E for the help they need. The union has also found that some schools are being asked to pay for services for troubled pupils that should be provided by the NHS or social services.
Read more on the reports via the BBC article here.
The number of children seeking gender identity advice has increased by 100%, says NHS
The Tavistock Centre treats children up to the age of 18 who experience difficulties with the development of gender identity, “via a multidisciplinary team of experts in child and adolescent psychiatry, psychology, social work, psychotherapy and paediatric and adolescent endocrinology.” The service is unique to the NHS and the number of British children who have contacted them in regards to changing their gender has doubled in the last six months.
The article can be read in full here.
On Friday 13th the UK Youth Parliament debated their five key campaigns in the House of Commons including a Curriculum for Life and Mental Health. Following the debate they voted to campaign against race and religious discrimination.
The debate can be watched back here.
Edward Timpson responded to a question in the House of Commons from George Howarth on what steps Department for Education take to ensure pupils are taught about gambling addiction. Timpson responded saying “Schools can choose to teach about gambling in their PSHE lessons. The non-statutory PSHE programme of study, published by the PSHE Association, includes teaching about gambling (including online gambling), and its psychological and financial impact. The government expects all schools to teach PSHE and made this expectation clear in the introduction to the national curriculum. It is for schools to tailor their PSHE programme to reflect the needs of their pupils.”
The answer can be read in full here.
Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) young people are more likely than their heterosexual classmates to be bullied throughout secondary school and into adulthood, according to new research.
The UCL Institute of Education examined the experiences of more than 7,200 young adults across England and found that young LGB adults “had a 52 per cent chance of having been bullied in the past year at age 20, compared to a 38 per cent chance for their heterosexual peers, after taking into account other characteristics that may make someone more likely to be targeted, such as gender, ethnicity, disability, or family socioeconomic background."
Read more on the study here.
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