‘Cyberflashing’ to become a criminal offence

  • Cyberflashing is becoming a criminal offence, with perpetrators facing up to 2 years in prison under plans to strengthen the upcoming Online Safety Bill.
  • The change applies to anyone who sends a photo or video of genitals for their own sexual gratification or to cause alarm, humiliation, or distress.
  • The offence will ensure that cyberflashing is treated as seriously as in-person flashing.
  • You can read the full story on the GOV.UK website.

Children going missing amid chaos at Ukrainian border

  • Children are going missing, and cases of human trafficking are being reported by aid groups and volunteers along Ukraine’s borders.
  • Charities and rights groups working with refugees have seen cases of trafficking, missing children, extortion, and exploitation.
  • Reports of children being sent alone by desperate parents to meet relatives or friends across the border are common.
  • You can read the full story on The Guardian’s website.

17 children have died in care settings in Northern Ireland over five years

  • Figures show that up to 17 looked after children in NI have died over the past five years.
  • The figures also show that more children in care have turned to drugs to cope with poor mental health and ended up trapped in the justice system as a result.
  • Northern Ireland’s Children’s commissioner has expressed “great concern” about the lack of progress on mental health services for vulnerable children.
  • You can read the full story on Belfast Telegraph’s website.

Armagh foster mum convicted of ‘sexting’ teen girl

  • An Armagh foster mum was found guilty of a string of child sexual offences at Newry Crown Court on Friday.
  • The offences included sexual communication with a child and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
  • She was told to make alternative arrangements for the child with disabilities currently in her care while pending a sentencing hearing.
  • You can read the full story on Belfast Telegraph’s website.