Daily roundup: Riots warning, Wetherby YOI and West Mercia anti-rape campaign

CYP Now
Friday, August 3, 2012

A quarter of young people say the riots could erupt again, inspectors visit Weatherby YOI, and West Mercia Police apologise over a rape campaign poster, all in the news today.

More than a quarter of young people believe rioting could erupt again. Image: Gemma Spence
More than a quarter of young people believe rioting could erupt again. Image: Gemma Spence

More than a quarter of young people believe rioting could erupt again this summer according to a poll by inner-city cricket initiative Street Chance. The survey of more than 1,000 young people aged between 12 and 18 also revealed that 38 per cent of respondents felt the government has failed to listen to the needs of young people during the year since the disturbances.

Wetherby Young Offender Institution has received praise from the chief inspector of prisons Nick Hardwick for tackling bullying, its preventative strategy on self harm and suicide, and “excellent” mental health and education services. However he raised concerns about strip-searching of new arrivals and the fact that half of the young people at the establishment were more than 50 miles away from home, causing some family relationships to break down.

West Mercia Police has apologised over a rape campaign poster depicting a young woman on a night out, after a charity warned that the campaign appears to blame victims of rape for bringing the crime upon themselves, the BBC reports. Worcestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre claimed the Safe Night Out campaign blamed victims who had been drinking for sexual assault. Jocelyn Anderson, from the centre, said: "It's not alcohol that causes rape, although it's a vulnerability factor, it's rapists that cause rape."

Children’s minister Tim Loughton has written to Essex County Council to congratulate it on the progress it has made in children’s social care services. Essex was served with a government improvement notice in March 2009 following a critical Ofsted report, but the council has now been freed from all government and Ofsted monitoring arrangements. 

A blunder has allowed some pupils to find out their exam results several days early, according to BBC Scotland. Pupils are not due to find out how they performed in the Scottish Qualifications Authority exams until 7 August. But those with offers from the University of St Andrews have been able to find out prematurely by logging on to the university's website. It is believed to have happened when the university was uploading exam results from Ucas to its computers.

The death of Baby Peter Connelly five years ago today led to “a complete re-think” and a “profound shift” in standards for the entire child protection system in England, the co-chair of College of Social Work has said. Professor Corinne May-Chahal said many examples of good practice are emerging in local authorities, whilst new principal social workers are being appointed across the country. She also called on the public to trust social workers to do their job well.

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