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Adults who work with Young People News

07 September 2020

There has been a number of posts on Facebook claiming that the Coronavirus Act means that children can be taken out of school without their parents’ or carers’ permission and detained for 14 days if they are suspected to have Covid-19. Others have claimed children can be detained for 14 days without informing their parents, and only a teacher needs to be informed.

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18 August 2020

Over the past six months Radio 1 Newsbeat has been investigating how social media is being used to sell drugs.

Britain’s most senior police officer when it comes to drugs says social media bosses would do more if it was their children dying from drugs bought this way.

Research suggests one in four young people are now seeing drugs advertised on their social media feeds.

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23 July 2020

The Professionals Online Safety helpline (POSH) has teamed up with HeadStart Kernow to help create a new Online Resilience Tool.

Much like the Brook Traffic Light Tool, The Online Resilience Tool provides a practical way for professionals to assess young people’s online behaviour and help them make decisions about whether that behaviour represents risk of harm.

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22 June 2020

On Wednesday 17 June 2020, the Department for Education (DfE) published updated ‘Keeping children safe in education’ (KCSIE) guidance ready for implementation from Tuesday 1 September 2020.

The Education People has produced a summary of key online safety requirements and changes within KCSIE 2020.

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Andrew Hall, respected safeguarding specialist, has created a video outlining his understanding of, and response to, the changes to the KCSIE requirements. You can watch the video here.

LGFL has shared a 'tracked changes' document here.