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May 2024

“Three people charged with offences under the National Security Act”

– Counter Terrorism Policing

“Mother Convicted for Not Telling Police About Terror Plot”

– Counter Terrorism Policing

“Man Given Life Sentence for Hartlepool Terrorist Attack”

– Counter Terrorism Policing

“New online issue page released to support with responding to sextortion incidents”

– UK Safer Internet Centre

“EU investigates Facebook owner Meta over child safety and mental health concerns”

– The Guardian

“Vulnerable children in England ‘safer at school’ than being educated at home”

– The Guardian

“The voice of the child: learning from case reviews”

– NSPCC

“Age limits introduced to protect children in RSHE”

– Department of Education

“New data reveals alarming numbers of child victims of modern slavery turning 18 are excluded from support”

– Every Child Protected Aganist Trafficking

“Preventing ‘self-generated’ child sexual abuse”

– Internet Matters

“Our proposed measures to improve children’s online safety”

– Ofcom

“Start for Life services helping babies achieve better outcomes, but more to do to support delivery”

– Ofsted and Care Quality Commission

“Child sexual abuse: mandatory reporting”

– Home Office

“As emotional abuse contacts rise, Childhood Day will raise funds for our vital services”

– NSPCC

“The REACH Plan: A five-year plan to find out what works to prevent domestic abuse & support child victims”

– Foundations

“Child abuse inquiry chair calls new ‘duty to report’ law deeply disappointing”

– The Guardian

“Inquiry into child sexual abuse on Meta platforms leads to arrest of three men”

– The Guardian

“Can we really ‘reset the internet’ to make it safer for children?”

– BBC News

“Man sentenced for making and possessing indecent images of children and animals”

– Wiltshire Police

“Man charged with rape of teenage girl in Newhaven”

– Sussex Police

“Officers renew appeal to neglect incident after child dies in hospital – Legoland Windsor Resort”

– Thames Valley Police

“Teaching children self-awareness of their feelings and actions supports early development”

– The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) 

“Andover sex offender jailed for abusing teenage boy and breaching terms of Sexual Harm Prevention Order”

– Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary

“Man jailed for child sex offences on Portland”

– Dorset Police

“Give children equal protection from physical abuse”

– NSPCC

“New interactive learning resource from Childnet looking at reliability online”

– UK Safer Internet Centre

“NCA issues urgent warning about ‘sextortion’”

– National Crime Agency

April 2024

“A window into young children’s online worlds”

– Ofcom

“Children and Parents: media use and attitudes report 2024”

– Ofcom

“AI-Powered Insights into Youth Perspectives on Violence”

– Youth Endowment Fund 

Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week

– NSPCC

“Under sixes manipulated into ‘disturbing’ sexual abuse while playing alone online as IWF says regulation can’t wait”

– Internet Watch Foundation

“Can AI image generators be policed to prevent explicit deepfakes of children?”

– The Guardian

“Protect children from smacking in England and Northern Ireland, say doctors”

– BBC News

“Multi-agency working and information sharing: learning from case reviews”

– NSPCC

“Child deaths due to abuse or neglect: statistics briefing”

– NSPCC

“Creating sexually explicit deepfakes to become a criminal offence”

– BBC News

‘I was deepfaked by my best friend’

– BBC News

“Paedophiles could be stripped of parental rights under new law”

– BBC News

“Crawley paedophile sentenced for possession of indecent images”

– Sussex Police

“Dealer sentenced for operating Brighton drugs line”

– Sussex Police

“More areas trial new child protection project”

– BBC News

“ICO sets out priorities to protect children’s privacy online”

– Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

“Leeds Man Pleads Guilty to Hosting a Racist Terrorist Website”

 – Counter Terrorism Policing

“Leeds Man Sentenced for Supporting Hamas”

– Counter Terrorism Policing

“Exploring what young people in Together for Childhood know, think and do about child abuse”

– NSPCC

“Physical abuse: statistics briefing”

 – NSPCC

“Independent Review of Gender Identity Services for Children and Young People”

– Cass Review

“Man jailed for child sex offences – Bracknell”

– Thames Valley Police

“Man charged with attempted child abduction in Swindon”

– Wiltshire Police

“Man found guilty of non recent sexual assault of a child”

– Wiltshire Police

“Appeal following hate crime incident in Bournemouth”

– Dorset Police

“Bexhill man convicted of rapes and sexual assault against young girls”

– Sussex Police

“‘Tasty’ drugs line shut down and two dealers jailed”

– Sussex Police

“Safeguarding children in schools and colleges”

– Department of Education

“Southampton man sentenced for taking and possessing indecent images of children”

– Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary

“Man, 23, jailed for three years and six months for assaulting teenager in Basingstoke”

– Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary

“Why language matters: how referring to online ‘friends’ can mask safeguarding concerns”

– NSPCC

March 2024

“Emotional abuse: statistics briefing”

– NSPCC

“The impact of non-economic and economic disadvantage in pre-school children in England”

– Nesta

“Lockdown gave Finley Boden’s parents cover – but safeguarding failures ran deep”

– The Guardian

“Finley Boden ‘should have been one of the most protected children’, finds review”

– The Guardian

“New extremism definition unveiled by government”

– BBC News

“Continuing rise in cruelty crimes against babies and young children sees charities raise alarm ahead of General Election”

– Children at the Table

“Teenage boys targeted as hotline sees ‘heartbreaking’ increase in child ‘sextortion’ reports”

– Internet Watch Foundation

“Podcast: Understanding pre-birth assessments”

– NSPCC

“Man sentenced for child sex offences – Reading”

– Thames Valley Police

“Devizes man jailed for 14 years for manslaughter of baby daughter”

– Wiltshire Police

“How Facebook Messenger and Meta Pay are used to buy child sexual abuse material”

– The Guardian

“Bournemouth man jailed for sexual activity with a child”

– Dorset Police

“Worthing man jailed for grooming and engaging in sexual activity with children”

– Sussex Police

“Men jailed for county line drug dealing in Eastbourne”

– Sussex Police

“Man jailed for 30 years for sexually abusing children in Gosport more than 20 years ago”

– Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary

“Mother and daughter who sent money to Daesh member jailed”

– Counter Terrorism Policing

“17 Year Old from Gateshead Sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court”

– Counter Terrorism Policing

“Encountering violent online content starts at primary school”

– Ofcom

“20-year-old man from Liverpool jailed for preparing for acts of terrorism”

– Counter Terrorism Policing

“Teenager Pleads Guilty to Ten Offences”

– Counter Terrorism Policing

“Childline receives nearly 40 contacts per day from children who feel unhappy”

– NSPCC

“Shattered lives, stolen futures: The Jay Review of Criminally Exploited Children”

– Action for Children

“Children’s mental health services 2022-23”

– Children’s Commissioner for England

“No care plan for teen who died of ‘shocking neglect'”

– BBC News

“Man who had hundreds of illegal images of children has been jailed”

– Sussex Police

“Vulnerable people safeguarded during County Lines Intensification Week”

– Sussex Police

“Man jailed for attempting sexual communications with a child”

– Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary

“18 March 2024 – National Child Exploitation Awareness Day”

– Dorset Police

“Lancing man charged with child abduction”

– Sussex Police

“Fifteen County Lines networks dismantled in Hampshire and Isle of Wight during intensification week”

– Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary

“Isle of Wight man jailed for 15 years for rape and coercive controlling behaviour in Gosport”

– Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary

“Launch of two-way messaging service between victims and officers”

– Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary

“Number of young people arrested for terrorism offences hits record high”

– Counter Terrorism Policing

“Protection of children online, research”

– OFCOM

“How Facebook Messenger and Meta Pay are used to buy child sexual abuse material”

– The Guardian

“Barriers for professionals to reporting abuse and neglect”

– NSPCC

“Neglect: statistics briefing”

– NSPCC

“Sharing nudes and semi-nudes: advice for education settings working with children and young people”

– The UK Council for Internet Safety 

“A convicted terrorist has been found guilty of breaching a notification order”

– Counter Terrorism Policing

“Two county line drug dealers jailed”

– Sussex Police

“Sussex Police significantly improves domestic violence service”

– Sussex Police

“As child abuse image crimes increase, we’re calling on Ofcom and tech companies to take action”

– NSPCC

“Crimes involving child abuse imagery are up by a quarter in UK, says NSPCC”

– The Guardian

“‘Profiteering off children’: care firms in England accused of squeezing cash from councils”

– The Guardian

February 2024

“Child sexual abuse: statistics briefing”

– NSPCC

“Creating safer environments for children and young people: situational prevention of child sexual abuse (29 February 2024)”

– Lucy Faithfull Foundation

“How online predators use privacy apps. New podcast episode from the IWF”

– Internet Watch Foundation

“Man found guilty of non recent sexual assaults on teenage boys in Swindon”

– Wiltshire Police

“Police visit ladies sports teams to talk about violence against women and girls”

– Wiltshire Police

“Teachers in England could face ban for failing to report evidence of sexual abuse of children”

– The Guardian

“Eastbourne drugs line dismantled as dealers are sentenced”

– Sussex Police

“Chippenham man found guilty of non-recent sex offences on a child”

– Wiltshire Police

“Man jailed for child sex offences after trying to meet 13-year-old girl in Swindon”

– Wiltshire Police

“Man, 35, jailed for seven years for child sex offences in Eastleigh”

– Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary

“Southampton man sentenced after being found guilty of child sex offences”

– Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary

“Pulborough man jailed for catalogue of rapes and sexual assaults against young men”

– Sussex Police

“‘Toxic’ online culture fuelling rise in sexual assaults on children by other children, police warn”

– The Guardian

Words Matter: Childhood Verbal Abuse

– The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Bullying and Victimisation and the link with Adverse Childhood Experiences

– The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

“Supporting children who have additional needs and disabilities (SEND/ASN/ALN)”

– NSPCC

“Tougher laws to protect children from sexual abuse”

– Home Office

“A call to end AI-generated child sexual abuse”

– Lucy Faithfull Foundation

“Recommendations for Change: an NSPCC Learning Podcast series”

– NSPCC

“Why language matters: why the term ‘paedophile’ can be problematic and should be used with caution”

– NSPCC

“Challenges young people are facing around sexuality and gender identity”

– NSPCC

“Man jailed for more than two-and-a-half years for coercive and controlling behaviour offences in Havant”

– Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary

“Former Trowbridge school teacher jailed for four years for non-recent child sex offences”

– Wiltshire Police

“Cheshire mechanic who ran child sexual abuse sites jailed for 16 years”

– The Guardian

“Man, 66, jailed for 15 years for child sex offences”

– Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary

“Man jailed for more than seven years after raping a teenager in Portsmouth”

– Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary

“Snapchat: Gosport pupils allegedly share child abuse images”

– BBC News

“More than 70,000 children in England have a parent struggling with alcohol misuse”

– NSPCC

Child sexual abuse in 2022/23:
Trends in official data

– Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse 

“New Instagram Privacy and Safety Checklist”

– UK Safer Internet Centre

“Sex abuser used vapes to groom 14-year-old girl”

– BBC News

“Four men who transported drugs and cash to South West as part of major conspiracy jailed”

– Wiltshire Police

“Met officers dissuaded children from making sexual abuse claims, report finds”

– The Guardian

“Sudden Child Deaths: The Search for Answers”

– BBC

“Man jailed for sexually abusing teenage girl in Rustington”

– Sussex Police

“Explosives Officer reflects on incident response”

– Counter Terrorism Policing

“Almost half of children and three quarters of parents and carers are worried about safety risks amidst fast-paced technological developments such as genAI.”

– UK Safer Internet Centre

“We cannot allow childhood mental illness to become the new norm” – RCPsych

– Royal College of Psychiatrists

“Nearly a third of UK secondary pupils avoid school due to anxiety, survey finds”

– The Guardian

“Criminal offences for cyberflashing and epilepsy-trolling take effect”

– The Standard

“Man beaten in Bournemouth homophobic attack in pub toilet”

– BBC News

“Mother issues plea to bring two Aboriginal children stranded in UK without passports home”

– The Guardian

“Child sex offender jailed after 13-year international investigation”

– Sussex Police

“Two people sentenced for modern slavery and human trafficking offences”

– Wiltshire Police

“Remember Brianna Ghey’s name, not her killers’ – and confront the transphobia that dogged her”

– The Guardian

“Teenager found guilty of planning terrorist attack – Isle of Wight”

– Counter Terrorism Policing

“Predatory Southampton sex offender jailed for attempting to meet young girl”

– Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary

“Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2024, 5 – 11 February”

– Dorset Police

“Safer Internet Day: Advice from the Professionals Online Safety Helpline”

– UK Safer Internet Centre

“The Children’s Commissioner’s view on artificial intelligence (AI)”

– Children’s Commissioner for England

“Man sentenced for possessing terrorism documents”

– Counter Terrorism Policing

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–   Email: ellen.roberts@showcasetraining.co.uk

–   Phone: 0330 320 9230

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