VP of Twitch Trust and Safety at Twitch releases update

  • VP of Trust and Safety at Twitch, Angela Hession released an update on measures taken to ensure the safety of its creators and users.
  • In response to ‘hate raids’ targeting streamers of colour and members of the LGBTQ+ community, Twitch removed over 15 million ‘bot’ accounts.
  • Twitch is continuing site-wide monitoring and proactive detection updated and pursuing legal action against individuals responsible.
  • Twitch’s Hateful Conduct, Harassment, and Sexual Harassment policy was updated to take a tougher and clearer stance on harmful behaviours.
  • Full story, here.

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Man jailed for posing as teen girl to abuse schoolboys online

  • Oliver Derbidge from Glastonbury has been jailed for 12 years after admitting to posing as a teenage girl to manipulate schoolboys.
  • He aimed to manipulate young boys to take indecent images of themselves and to receive videos of them abusing other children.
  • The National Crime Agency began investigating Derbidge in January 2021.
  • He had previously expressed a sexual interest in young boys across several child abuse forums.
  • Derbidge targeted a total of 23 young boys on Snapchat and blackmailed them to send additional images and footage of them abusing other children.
  • Full story, here.

Oldham child sexual abuse inquiry ‘concludes authorities covered up serious failings’

  • A child sexual exploitation inquiry in Oldham has found authorities covered up ‘serious failings’ in their treatment of a 12-year-old girl who was raped.
  • Part of the report shows both Oldham Council and Greater Manchester Police will be heavily criticised when it is published in full.
  • Authorities allegedly “turned a blind eye” as she was abused by a string of adult men, including two who assaulted her after picking her up outside a police station.
  • The girl suffered more than 20 sexual assaults by eight men in one night, including 15 rapes.
  • She previously told professionals she was being groomed by a teacher, but this was dismissed as ‘attention seeking’.
  • Full story, here.

Staff absences in half of NI schools in term’s first week

  • More than half of schools in Northern Ireland had teachers absent due to COVID-19 or self-isolation during the first full week of term.
  • The impact on schools was uneven, with about one in 20 teachers off in post-primary schools and higher rates across primary and special needs schools.
  • Schools have reported difficulty in sourcing substitute teachers with post-primaries struggling to get ‘subject-specific’ cover for pupils taking GCSEs and A-Levels.
  • Department of Education surveys show that two-thirds of teacher absences were covered by a substitute.
  • Full story, here.

Rise in heating bills for schools “will come at a cost elsewhere”

  • The principal at one of Northern Ireland’s top grammar schools has told Stormont that schools should be given financial assistant to cope with rising heating costs.
  • Trevor Robinson from Lurgan College claims that it’s important to ensure that extra money schools needed for heating does not take away from the education of pupils.
  • Rising energy costs could take up £16m from the education budget by the end of this financial year.
  • Additionally, schools are being advised to keep windows open to aid ventilation and this should “not come at the expense of books, equipment and teachers”.
  • While the college has been supplied with carbon dioxide monitors, there are “not enough for every classroom”.
  • Full story, here.