A new study from the University of Hertfordshire’s Health Behaviours of School-aged Children (HBSC) has found that ‘emotional wellbeing may be decreasing while physical health is improving’. The report which was published on 15th October undertook surveys with 5,335 young people aged 11, 13 and 15 and suggests that improvements in young people’s health behaviours do not extend to their overall life satisfaction, reinforcing concerns about pupil mental and emotional wellbeing.
Read the report here and our response here.
The British Youth Council and UK Youth Parliament have announced their five priority issues to be debated, which include a Curriculum for Life (including PSHE education) and mental health (including mental health education in schools). The announcement was made on Friday 16th October and the referendum was their largest yet as 967,000 young people voted on which issues should be debated in the House of Commons by young elected representatives. The top issue came out as a Living Wage, followed by Curriculum for Life and mental health.
Read more details from UK Youth Parliament here.
On 15th October, the think-tank Strategic Society Centre hosted an event launching its report ‘Screened out’. Based on research by Dr Cara Booker of the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex and published in the American Journal of Public Health, the report found that, among 10- to 15-year-olds, chatting on social networking websites and game-console use were associated with higher chances of socio-emotional problems. The SSC recommends national guidelines on the recommended amount of screen time young people should have, and compulsory school lessons on how social networking sites and mobile technologies affect young people’s wellbeing.
Read the news coverage here and full report here.
Almost one in five teachers has no understanding at all of the new duty to report pupils at risk of FGM, a new report shows. A new survey carried out by Barnardo’s has found that 48 per cent of teachers said they needed more information about the duty, while 17 per cent said they did not understand it at all. Even the teachers who believe that they understand the new duty to report very well are often unaware of its requirement. The survey also found that this is due to a lack of training as half say that they have not been given enough information about the new duty.
Read the full article here.
Reports of ‘revenge porn’ offences surge in last six months. New figures show that nearly 200 incidents of revenge porn were reported to the police over the past six months. Sarah Green, Director of End Violence Against Women said that the surge was worse than previously thought and that “she was shocked at how young some victims were…All experts in abusive behaviour agree that we must make sex and relationships education compulsory in all our schools, so that young people get the chance to talk about consent and respect, and to have excuses for abusive behaviour aired and challenged.”
Read the full article here.
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