Employment & HR Local Government Police & Criminal Justice Health & Social Care Education Housing Voluntary Sector Digital & Communications

Children & Young People

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.

Supporting Young People with Mental Health Issues

Youth Fed is a youth charity that supports over 5,000 young people between the ages of 10 and 29, helping to improve the lives of young people. They shared Amy's story with us.

Supporting Disadvantaged Families: Early Years Development: Strategies for Preventing and Closing Attainment Gaps

Many children start school, unequipped with the speech, language, and communication skills that would be expected at school-entry age. The Norwich Opportunity Partnership Area Board are working to strengthen early-childhood development statistics in the area. We heard from Tim Coulson, Chair of the Norwich Opportunity Area on how Communication hubs and champions can help to support these children in their development.

Supporting Disadvantaged Families: Understanding Intergenerational Disadvantage

The UK has long struggled to improve social mobility - with Covid-19 exacerbating this problem. We heard from Erin Hawkes, Lead Analyst at The Social Mobility Commission who discussed their work tackling intergenerational disadvantage in the UK.

Youth Employability: Supporting Young Disabled People into Work by Building Relationships with Employers

There is often a misconception that disabled people are not as capable of holding down jobs or working in skilled sectors. We heard from Ellen Atkinson, Regional Adviser at the National Development Team for Inclusion. Ellen discussed why these myths should be dispelled and how employers can create pathways for disabled people to enter the workplace.

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 Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children to Adjust to Life in the UK

Hampshire is seeing the arrival of more and more unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC). We heard from Sarah Coles, Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Consultant, Hampshire County Council about ways that schools and carers can best support these children with their integration into UK life.

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.

Missing the Point: Reducing the Risk of Children in Care going Missing

Children in care are more likely to be reported missing than other children. This leaves them vulnerable to criminal and sexual exploitation. This article explores what the National Youth Advocacy Service is doing to ensure looked after children don't go missing.

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.