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March 4, 2024

Met Police return lost mobile phone to schoolgirl’s family three years after she took her life 

  • An inquest found the former deputy head teacher told boys to delete their Snapchat messages on their phones at an assembly after a 14-year-old girl took her own life. 
  • She died in March 2021, after being bullied on Snapchat by peers about a TikTok video she made. 
  • Her father has praised the Online Safety Act, which aims to protect users from harmful content online. 
  • For more, please visit the Independent website.

Calls for inquiry after refugee children made to guess who got foster care in ‘game’ 

  • The Home Office launched an internal inquiry, after a game was disclosed in a report, which found that unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in the UK were made to play a game to guess who would be next to be placed in foster care.
  • The Home Office says it has launched an investigation.
  • Border inspection also found that in four hotels where children were being housed, there was no guarantee staff had been given regular disclosure and barring clearances.
  • For more, please visit The Guardian website.

Two-year-old among 2,000 kids on NI mental health waiting list 

  • Children as young as two years old have been on mental health waiting lists in NI, an MLA has revealed.
  • A DUP member said more than 2,000 children and young people were currently waiting for help and levels of absenteeism in schools had doubled.
  • Citing statistics released by the Children and Adolescents Mental Health Service (CAMHS), he said it was “absolutely shameful”.
  • For more, please visit the Belfast Telegraph website.