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Self-harm is becoming increasingly common amongst young people in the United Kingdom, but there are still many misconceptions surrounding the issue that show we still have a long way to go towards understanding self-harm, the causes and indicators, and how we can help young people who are self-harming.   What is self-harm? Many people think…

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In recent months, there has been a lot of celebrity activity raising awareness of sexual abuse and sexual violence. Online campaigns such as the #MeToo trend have turned into a global phenomenon, and many celebrities and public figures alike have spoken up about sexual abuse, to raise awareness of the issue in the hope of…

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Third week in January? It must be the Bett show in London! Our CEO Mark Foster went along for the ride, and here’s his take on the event. ‘Drive down was pleasant, right up until my iPhone satnav decided to redirect me to Canary Wharf, even though I could see Excel out of my car…

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We all hope that we live in a society where, should something happen to us, we will be cared for. In the UK, of course, we are lucky to have the NHS, Social Services, and many other institutions as part of the support network. If we need them, the caring services step up and look…

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New charity research has unearthed a worrying number of children who are “falling through the cracks” in the social care system, leaving them vulnerable to abuse or neglect. Action For Children’s report was based on evidence from Freedom of Information requests to 152 councils, and their research found that there is a dramatic difference between…

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The Chief Inspector of Ofsted has criticised schools for “wrapping children in cotton wool” with over-cautious safeguarding policies, which she claims are denying children the chance to learn resilience and limiting their experiences. Ofsted inspectors will soon receive new training that Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman says she hopes will remind them “what safeguarding is really…

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Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield has revealed that nobody knows the exact number of vulnerable children living in the United Kingdom, and that this news should be a “wake-up call” to the government and policy-makers. Ms Longfield has attempted to create a report calculating the total number of vulnerable children because there is so little data…

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There can be no doubt that the amount of fake news, the language of propaganda, the selective use of statistics and what can only be called actual lies, are a problem for education professionals. Every part of the education chain is facing the same core issue: ensuring that learners are equipped to critically evaluate the…

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