Understanding New Methods of Child Criminal Exploitation
There were 12,720 children identified by social services as being at risk of child criminal exploitation by gangs between March 2021-2022. In this video, Abbee McLatchie, Director of Youth Work at the National Youth Agency discusses some of the challenges young people face which make them vulnerable to criminal exploitation and how services can better engage with them to provide support.
Protecting Girls and Young Women from Criminal Exploitation and Violence
It is often thought that only boys are criminally exploited but research by The Children’s Commissioner reveals that girls account for 34% of children aged under 17 involved in gangs in England. In this video Sherry Peck, Chief Executive of Safer London addresses the less well-known role of girls in criminal networks and discusses contextual safeguarding approaches to improve support programmes focused on rehabilitating females affected by violence and exploitation.
Implementing a Whole School Approach to Mental Health
1 in 6 school-aged children has a mental health problem, and there are escalating concerns nationwide around issues such as anxiety, self-harm and panic attacks. In this video, Lauren Pinney, Head of PSHE and Student Wellbeing at Hove Park School discusses how a whole school approach to mental health has benefitted both staff and student wellbeing.
Preventing Child Exploitation: Identifying Vulnerable Young People and Intervening Early
Over 12,500 children in England were identified as being at risk of criminal exploitation in March 2020-21. Alex Bridge, Service Manager at Southend Borough Council, shares how the ‘See the Signs’ campaign has raised local community awareness of child exploitation to improve early intervention responses from councils and protect at risk individuals.
In conversation: Supporting Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children
In 2020 around 43% of those seeking asylum in the UK were women and children. Of these, 8% were children who arrived in the country without a parent or guardian. We spoke to Coventry City Council, about they are working with local partners to provide more holistic care for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.
Showcasing Local Employers to Improve Youth Employment Opportunities
The number of young people not in education, employment or training in January to March 2022 was estimated at 10.4%. We heard from Julie Young, Post-16 Advisor at Somerset County Council, about how the TalentEd Academy programmes has provided young people with opportunities to explore future careers following education.
Mental Health Support with YouthFed
YouthFed is a youth charity that supports young people between the ages of 10 and 29, helping to improve their lives. Their vision is to help create a society where all young people are able to achieve their full potential. They shared Mark's story with us.
Youth Employability: Supporting Youth Employment – A Cross-Government National Approach
More and more young people are claiming universal credit. To tackle this the Government’s Plan for Jobs is delivering a comprehensive package of support for young people, to help them into work. We heard from Tammy Fevrier, from the Department of Work and Pensions who discuss the current state of youth employment and opportunities to maximize youth employability.
Children in Care: Reducing the Risk of Children in Care going Missing
Over 1 in 8 children in care go missing every year. They are at risk of criminal and sexual exploitation, and when they return, are often put in secure accommodation. We heard from the National Youth Advocacy Service about why secure accommodation isn’t always the best option and why open communication can be the best way forward in these situations.
Children in Care: Supporting the Transition from Care into a Career
When young people leave care, they often struggle to access employment. We heard from The Drive Forward Foundation about the need for one-to-one careers mentorship for care leavers. They presented a new internship, developed with the The Central and North West London (CNWL) NHS Foundation Trust Partnership, specifically designed to support care leavers.
Supporting Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children to Adjust to Life in the UK
Local authorities are continuously working to understand how best to integrate unaccompanied asylum-seeking children into UK schools and foster homes. We heard from Sarah Coles, Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Consultant at Hampshire County Council on their recommendations for how schools and carers can best support these children.
Streamlining the Transition Between Child and Adult Safeguarding Services
Child and adult safeguarding services share the aim of protecting people from harm, however, they are guided by different practices. There needs to be more guidance in place to help ease the transition between services and streamline practice when a person reaches adulthood. This case study looks at how Birmingham City Council Preparation for Adulthood service helps young people with this transition.
Supporting Care-Experienced Young People into a Career
Young people leaving care often struggle to find a job as they enter the working world. The Driving Forward Foundation work with care-experienced young people to support them in gaining work experience and finding employment. This article outlines their mission and how they work with a range of potential.
Tower Hamlets: Supporting Residents out of Poverty
Tower Hamlets is a London borough with a stark contrast between both wealth and poverty. Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to poverty in the borough This case study outlines the work of Tower Hamlets Council in supplementing the incomes of those living in poverty.