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New practical guidance for universities to tackle gender-based violence on campus has been published. Guidance and training for staff, better data collection and well-publicised support information for students are some of the recommendations set out in the toolkit, which has been produced by the University of Strathclyde and funded by…
The purpose of this Evidence Review is to examine the latest practice, policy and evidence, bringing together social work in the 21st century, and reforms to support families with disabled children and young people. The authors are experts, from a range of backgrounds and professions, who share a passion and…
Ministers spent £5 million preparing a policy that affected 90 people in its first three months before it was scrapped, according to new figures. Last month Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey announced a U-turn on the policy to remove automatic entitlement to housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds, which…
A vast majority of the British public think time spent on social media is harming young people's wellbeing, a poll suggests. Four in five people support tighter regulation of the platforms to reduce perceived negative impact on issues like depression, anxiety, and lack of sleep. The figures, from polling commissioned…
Welfare reforms are contributing to homelessness among 16 to 24-year-olds by affecting their ability to access and sustain housing, a charity has warned. According to a survey by Homeless Link, a charity that works with rough sleepers, 92% of respondents identified delayed Universal Credit payments as having an impact on…
Young people belonging to alternative subcultures, such as goths, emos or metal fans, are at a greater risk of self-harm and suicide than those who do not, according to a new research review. The authors say that health, educational and social services need to be more aware of the risks…
A Government U-turn on welfare will mean 18 to 21-year-olds are automatically entitled to claim housing benefit again. Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey said the change "will reassure all young people that housing support is in place if they need it". Around 10,000 young people would have been hit…
Ministers have announced a review of school exclusions, amid concerns that some youngsters are more likely to be taken out of classrooms than others. Education Secretary Damian Hinds argued that there are "inconsistencies" in children's experiences of education. Government figures show that pupils in England's state schools were suspended on…
Girls are being given a tool to educate them about female anatomy in a bid to stem the rising tide of requests for so-called designer vaginas. Experts said the booklet has been designed in response to an increasing number of girls and women with cosmetic genital concerns requesting surgery despite…
A third of teens and young adults have self-harmed at some point in their lives, a new poll suggests. A survey of 1,000 16 to 25-year-olds from across the UK found that 36% had self-harmed. The poll, released by Self-Harm UK, The Mix and YoungMinds, also found that only 46%…
Wales has become the first country in the UK to introduce a nationwide ban on the intimate piercing of under-18s. The law, which comes into force on Thursday, makes it an offence for piercing practitioners to arrange or carry out an intimate piercing on anyone aged under 18. There are…
Loreburn Housing Association has been given the go-ahead by Dumfries and Galloway Council to redevelop the site of the former Garrick Hospital in Stranraer by building dementia-friendly housing alongside an innovative “youth foyer”. The proposals will see the creation of eight one-bed and four two-bed “extra care” dementia-friendly homes. New…
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