Chatbot for exploited children wants to go national
- A charity chatbot called ‘Is This Ok?’ helps children who have been exploited in Suffolk.
- It was set up by Missing People and Childline.
- They are looking to gain more funding to roll services out nationally.
- It has already been accessed over 2000 times where it is available.
- You can read the full story on Planet Radio’s website.
Nationality and Borders Bill risks eroding protections for child victims of modern slavery
- There are widespread doubts whether government plans will deliver a ‘fairer and more efficient immigration system’ as proposed by the Nationality and Borders bill.
- The Children’s Society have concerns since planned changes could erode existing safeguarding and protection for child victims of modern slavery, trafficking, and exploitation.
- The Bill may make it harder for children to be recognised as victims and get the support they need.
- You can read the full story on the Politics Home website.
Survey to examine impact on officers in child sexual abuse and exploitation teams
- The survey aims to capture the thoughts and observations of officers involved in these investigations.
- This is thought to be the first survey of this kind, with researchers saying this data has never been secured before.
- Thousands of officers and staff in these teams deal with extremely traumatic accounts of these crimes.
- This report will give a detailed insight into the mental health and wellbeing of staff, and what can be done to improve wellbeing.
- You can read the full story on the Police Professional website.
Covid inquiry ‘ignores that children paid the ultimate price’ during pandemic
- The Children’s Commissioner has warned the Covid inquiry’s failure to address social services will ignore the ‘ultimate price’ some children paid during the pandemic, particularly following harrowing high-profile cases such as the death of Star Hobson.
- The inquiry will examine the preparedness, capacity and resilience of the NHS and it has just one reference to education and does not cover social services.
- Head of Policy and Affairs at the NSPCC stated that the lockdowns left vulnerable children trapped in violent homes with little means of escape.
- You can read the full story on the Telegraph’s website.
Smacking ban: Northern Ireland urged to follow Wales and protect children
- The NI executive have been urged to follow the example of Wales, which imposed a smacking ban outlawing the physical punishment of children.
- NSPCC Northern Ireland’s policy and public affairs manager stated that in NI, parents and carers who are accused of assault against a child can raise the defence of ‘reasonable punishment’.
- The NSPCC is calling to bring NI into line with over 60 countries in the world who have brought about the change.
- You can read the full story on the Newsletter’s website.