Cyber-bullying up by 88% in 5 years

The number of children and young people contacting Childline about cyber-bullying has risen to 4,541 in 2015/16, compared to 2,410 in 2011/12 – a rise of 88%. Research from the NSPCC has found that children as young as seven are being tormented by hurtful messages from which they feel there is no escape. Comments posted on social media, blogs and online pictures range from bullying about looks to death threats. Nearly a third of these Childline counselling sessions were with children and young people experiencing bullying on a gaming or a social networking site.


Mockingbird programme to support foster families extended further

The Mockingbird Family Model, delivered by The Fostering Network, centres on a constellation where one foster home acts as a …

Children as young as seven drawn into county line gangs

A report by The Children’s Society has found that children as young as seven are being exploited by county line …

Study finds children’s voices omitted from care records

A study by University College London has recommended that the social care records of looked-after children and young people need …