Discord seems to be preparing for PSN integration

  • The ability to connect PlayStation Network (PSN) accounts to Discord may be in the works.
  • This follows the announcement of an official partnership between PlayStation and Discord in May 2021.
  • It isn’t clear how the integration will work and if Discord’s communication capabilities will be implemented.
  • On Xbox, users can link accounts only to display what game they are playing to their friends on Discord.
  • Access our Discord safety card, here.
  • Full story, here.

Child protection must be a national priority in 2022 says NSPCC Chief

  • MPs and Peers are being urged by NSPCC CEO, Sir Peter Wanless to make child protection a national priority in 2022.
  • The pandemic continues to have an impact on children and the need for better support is vital.
  • Contacts made to the NSPCC helpline about children’s welfare have increased by a quarter, with overall numbers reported to children’s services falling in 2020/21.
  • The government is being called on to increase investments in children’s social care and introduce legislation to protect children online.
  • Full story, here.

£2m fund opens to help families tackle fuel costs

  • A new emergency winter fuel payment scheme has opened for applications.
  • The Department for Communities announced the £2m fund in December.
  • This aims to provide extra emergency payments to children and families most affected by rising fuel costs.
  • The additional funding will be vital in providing emergency financial support to around 20,000 vulnerable families.
  • Research shows that one in four children are growing up in poverty in Northern Ireland with 66% growing up in families where parents are working.
  • Full story, here.