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More than 10,000 young people in year 11 were interviewed for the second Longitudinal Study of Young People in England in 2015. Researchers used this data to find out whether bullying is increasing and what kind of young people are more likely to suffer bullying. They compared answers with responses from the same young people a year before and with findings from a similar survey in 2006.

Safe Foster Care for Victims of Child Sexual Exploitation

By Research in Practice

| August 28, 2018

This study is the first UK evaluation of specialist foster care for children at risk, or victims, of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and/or trafficking. It investigates how well the Safe Accommodation Project reduced risk and safeguarded these children.

Findings from recent studies suggest there is an increased risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE) for young people with learning disabilities. However, there is a lack of evidence concerning how best to protect, identify and support these young people. This exploratory study aimed to address this gap by examining the identification of, and support for sexually exploited young people with learning disabilities.

This study considers the role of the internet in gang culture and activity in the UK. The authors analyse the expressive and instrumental uses of "trap rap" videos posted on YouTube as a means of gaining insight into gang-related activity, such as drug dealing through "working the country lines".

The 2015 Prevent duty mandates social workers and other professionals "to pay due regard" to possible radicalisation concerns. However, there is currently no guidance on how practitioners might do this.

Safeguarding agencies now recognise that vulnerable children and young people are at risk of exploitation in a number of ways including by criminal gangs, political and religious extremists and paedophiles. Although the nature of the exploitation will vary depending on the circumstances, the methods used by those who exploit young people are similar.

Lancashire vulnerability hub

By Nina Jacobs

| August 28, 2018

Multi-agency hub works with vulnerable young people in Lancashire to reduce their risk of exploitation.

Inspections Clinic: School careers guidance

By Jo Stephenson

| August 28, 2018

Following the launch of the government's Careers Strategy earlier this year, there are a raft of new requirements for providing careers advice and guidance that schools must meet from September.

Safeguarding in the classroom

By Jessica Cope

| August 28, 2018

New guidance requires schools to do more to tackle abuse and bullying, explains education expert.

I Define Me

| August 28, 2018

Specialist service in two London hospitals support girls and young women affected by gangs.

Children in care: immigration legal aid

By Kamena Dorling

| August 28, 2018

Kamena Dorling, head of policy and public affairs at Coram Children's Legal Centre, examines the government's decision to reinstate legal aid for looked-after children with immigration issues.

Dispersed leadership

By Peter Hay

| August 28, 2018

Ensuring leadership in children's services is not solely down to senior managers but a role taken on by staff at all levels - alongside the people they work with - is key to success in this complex sector.

Letters to the Editor: Youth work focus does not go far enough

By James Cathcart; Bob Reitemeier

| August 28, 2018

Having a statement or policy on youth work, however limited, has been a long time coming. Not since Positive for Youth have we had a definitive refresh of the government's approach to young people, and it looks like the ongoing influence of the youth voice movement, and youth services lobby, has been heard in some quarters.

Barely a day goes by when the CYP Now newshounds aren't emailed or tweeted by youth work professionals angry at cuts in youth services.

Integrated gangs unit

By Nina Jacobs

| August 28, 2018

London council's gangs unit brings police and children's professionals together into one team.

Pan-Merseyside integrated child exploitation service

By Nina Jacobs

| August 28, 2018

Initiative works with police and safeguarding agencies to identify children involved in crime linked to exploitation.

Luton Prevent programme

| August 28, 2018

Council taken the lead on supporting children and families vulnerable to radicalisation by extremists.

Legal Update: Independent reviewing officers

By Coram Children's Legal Centre

| August 28, 2018

A call to drop independent reviewing officers has been rejected by the government, but questions remain over their effectiveness.

After a consultation on the role of children's centres is scrapped, providers challenge ministers to present a bold vision for their future and incorporate this into a government-wide review of support for families.

Rangatahi Courts, Nga Koti Rangatahi, are a community-based court in New Zealand that deals with young offenders from Maori communities who have admitted guilt.