Daily roundup: Mental health, education and inspections

Derren Hayes
Friday, May 16, 2014

Self-esteem damaged by overuse of the internet; schools accused of extremism could be converted to academies; and Ofsted criticises Nottingham Safeguarding Children Board, all in the news today.

Overuse of social network sites can damage a child's mental health, a report has found.
Overuse of social network sites can damage a child's mental health, a report has found.

A Public Health England report draws a clear link between the overuse of the internet and social networking sites and lower self-esteem. Those that spend more than four hours a day looking at a screen are particularly vulnerable to mental illnesses, the report says, according to the Daily Mail.

Super-heads could take over running clusters of schools in Birmingham, as the government considers its response to allegations of extremism. It would mean some schools being taken from council control and being converted to academies, the BBC reports. It is understood that ministers have approached heads of successful schools and academy trusts about taking over other schools where there have been concerns.

Nottingham City Council’s Safeguarding Children Board has been told it must improve following an Ofsted inspection in March. The Nottingham Post reports that the board was given a “requires improvement” judgment by inspectors.

ChildLine counsellors in Scotland carried out almost 1,000 sessions with children concerned about parents abusing drink or drugs last year. Almost three-quarters of those seeking counselling were aged under 15, the Scotsman says. The charity estimates that 40-60,000 children in Scotland may be affected by problematic parental drug use.

A Scout group has been set up for children with special educational needs. The 7th Keighley will initially cater for pupils at the Phoenix special school in Keighley, Yorkshire, but hopes to eventually open up membership to other children from the district with special educational needs, the Keighley News reports.

NIACE has developed new guides based on learning from its four local support networks to improve access to education and employment for young adult carers aged 16-25. The new resources developed include the Really Useful Book of Learning and Earning for Young Adult Carers: case studies of effective practice in supporting young adult carers to make positive transitions in learning and work. 

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