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LOCAL: “Man charged following racially aggravated incident in Southampton”

Hampshire Police, 15/01/2021

“Dealing with the January blues in lockdown”

YoungMinds, 14/01/2021

“Portsmouth man sentenced to six years in prison for rape of 19-year-old woman in Southsea”

Hampshire Alert 14/01/2021

LOCAL: “Man charged with murder following the death of a 26-year-old man in Buckland”

Hampshire Alert, 14/01/2021

LOCAL: “Man charged with drugs supply offences in Southampton”

Hampshire Alert, 14/01/2021

“Reforming the Mental Health Act”

GOV UK 13/01/2021

“January 2021 Update – School and College Closures: Ongoing Prevent Management Support”

Educate Against Hate, 13/01/2021

“Smacking children may have lasting impact, research suggests”

The Guardian, 13/01/2021

“UK Poverty 2020/21”

Joseph Rowntree Foundation 13/01/2021

“TikTok to tackle grooming with safeguards for young users”

The Guardian, 13/01/2021

“Rashford: Free school meals firm apologises over small parcel”

BBC, 13/01/2021

LOCAL: “Man Jailed for Murder in Reading Terrorist Attack”

Counter Terrorism Policing 12/01/2021

“‘Grave threat’ to children from predatory internet groomers as online child sexual abuse material soars to record levels”

Internet Watch Foundation, 12/01/2021

LOCAL: “Woman fined over false claims about number of Covid patients”

Daily Echo, 12/01/2021

“Woman fined £200 over false Covid hospital Facebook posts”

BBC 12/01/2021

“Parler: Amazon to remove site from web hosting service”

BBC, 10/01/2021

LOCAL: “Sick paedophile who abducted and raped girl, 3, in country park is jailed”

Portsmouth News, 08/01/2021

“Hunt for fake vaccine fraudster who injected woman, 92, in Surbiton”

BBC 08/01/2021

LOCAL: “Coronavirus Vaccine Scam”

Hampshire Alert, 08/01/2021

LOCAL: “Southampton man arrested in connection with drug supply”

Hampshire Police, 08/01/2021

LOCAL: “Alert for Dogwalkers”

Hampshire Alert 08/01/2021

LOCAL: “Police hunt scammer who injected fake Covid-19 vaccine into elderly woman”

Portsmouth News, 08/01/2021

“Coronavirus vaccine scam warning”

ActionFraud, 07/01/2021

LOCAL: “Teen threatened by masked man on Gosport property doorstep in robbery attempt gone awry”

Portsmouth News 07/01/2021

“Essex Teenager Charged with Six Terrorism Offences”

Counter Terrorism Policing, 04/01/2021

“Scam alert: fake NHS COVID-19 vaccine text”

Which?, 30/12/2020

“Newcastle Man Sentenced to 4 Years for Terrorism Offences”

Counter Terrorism Policing 23/12/2020

LOCAL: “Paedophile planned to rape girl at Hampshire services jailed”

Daily Echo, 23/12/2020

“RCPCH publishes advice to help young people during the pandemic”

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, 18/12/2020

“Plymouth Woman Jailed for Terrorism Offences”

Counter Terrorism Policing 17/12/2020

“Our New Films to Help You Keep Children Safe over Christmas”

IICSA, 17/12/2020

“The Important Role of ‘The Soaps’ in Safeguarding Adults and Young People”

Ann Craft Trust, 17/12/2020

LOCAL: “Nine who admitted being part of Basingstoke Class A drugs conspiracy sentenced to total of 46 years and seven months”

Hampshire Police 17/12/2020

“Child sexual abuse committed in schools was open secret, survivors tell Inquiry”

IICSA, 17/12/2020

“Statistics on so called ‘honour-based’ abuse offences recorded by the police”

GOV UK, 16/12/2020

“Role of grooming of women involved in violent crime examined as part of new gangs guidance”

CPS 16/12/2020

“Nigeria’s Katsina school abduction: Boko Haram says it took the students”

BBC, 16/12/2020

“Online harms law to let regulator block apps in UK”

BBC, 16/12/2020

“Blackpool baby death: Man charged with murdering daughter”

BBC 15/12/2020

“Priti Patel publishes paper on group-based child sexual exploitation”

GOV UK, 15/12/2020

“Gender Stereotypes are Limiting Children’s Potential and Causing Lifelong Harm”

Fawcett Society 15/12/2020

“COVID-19 isolation having detrimental impact on children’s education and welfare, particularly the most vulnerable”

GOV UK 15/12/2020

“New research raises concerns about experiences of parents and families in newly ‘virtual’ child protection conferences”

Nuffield Family Justice Observatory, 14/12/2020

“A parent’s guide to being social online”

Think U Know

“Online Safeguarding: The Dark Web”

The Children’s Society 

“New research raises concerns about experiences of parents and families in newly ‘virtual’ child protection conferences”

Nuffield Family Justice Observatory, 14/12/2020

“A parent’s guide to being social online”

Think U Know

“Online Safeguarding: The Dark Web”

The Children’s Society 

“COVID-19: A third of people have seen ‘harmful’ coronavirus vaccine conspiracy theories”

Sky News, 13/12/2020

“Grooming gangs continuing to abuse children in northern England, victims and campaigners warn”

Sky News, 11/12/2020

CONSULTATION: “Keeping children safe in education – schools and colleges – proposed revisions 2021”

GOV UK 10/12/2020

“Joint working improving children’s access to mental health services”

GOV UK, 09/12/2020

“Student mental health: ‘I am living in a bubble of one'”

BBC, 09/12/2020

“Destitution in the UK 2020”

Joseph Rowntree Foundation 09/12/2020

“16% of Children Missed Meals due to Hardship During Pandemic”

Social Market Foundation, 09/12/2020

“Encrypted messaging puts children at risk, commissioner warns”

BBC, 08/12/2020

“Plans by tech giants for more encrypted messaging risks greater child exploitation and abuse”

Children’s Commissioner 08/12/2020

“90,000 London children to be homeless this Christmas, London Councils warn”

Evening Standard 07/12/2020

“Appeal for witnesses after serious assault in Southampton”

Hampshire Police 07/12/2020

“County Lines and Looked After Children”

Crest Advisory 03/12/2020

“Child sexual abuse committed under guise of medical treatment, survivors tell Inquiry”

IICSA 03/12/2020

“Two in Five UK Children Under the Poverty Line are not Eligible for Free School Meals”

Child Poverty Action Group, 03/12/2020

“Counter Terrorism Policing Launches Winter Vigilance Campaign”

Counter Terrorism Policing 03/12/2020

“Director Henry Blake highlights child exploitation by gangs in County Lines feature film”

Kent Online, 02/12/2020

“Child cruelty and neglect offences rise 53% in three years – NSPCC”

ITV News, 02/12/2020

“Puberty blockers: Under-16s ‘unlikely to be able to give informed consent'”

BBC 02/12/2020

“Ofsted warns of risk to children ‘out of sight’ during pandemic”

GOV UK 01/12/2020

“‘I find myself at the ‘care-cliff’: is the system failing care leavers by abruptly ending support at 25?”

Community Care, 30/11/2020

“Millions of parents say they’d cancel Christmas if they could, most children fear an unhappy family time”

Action for Children 30/11/2020

“Three Men Convicted of Terrorism Offences”

Counter Terrorism Policing 30/11/2020

“NCSC response to speculation about cyber attacks on UK coronavirus research”

National Cyber Security Centre, 28/11/2020

“The Duchess of Cambridge and The Royal Foundation Release the #5biginsights in the Biggest Ever Study on the Early Years”

Royal Foundation 27/11/2020

“Hundreds of vulnerable ‘invisible children’ in England are being locked away without any legal protection”

Children’s Commissioner 27/11/2020

“New Prevent Statistics Warn of Increase in Young Men Becoming Fixated on Violent Extremism”

Counter Terrorism Policing, 27/11/2020

“Hate crime probe launched into Telford school attack”

BBC 26/11/2020

“Mean streets”

Childrens Commissioner 25/11/2020

“Over 600 vulnerable young people a day referred to councils after lockdown, with an increase in demand for family support during the pandemic”

County Councils Network, 24/11/2020

“Facebook’s encryption plans could help child abusers escape justice, NCA warns”

The Guardian 23/11/2020

“Sussex Man Admits Terrorism Offences”

Counter Terrorism Policing 23/11/2020

“Government must do more to safeguard children’s rights and protect them from the impact of the pandemic”

Equality and Human Rights Commission, 20/11/2020

“High levels of serious mental health difficulties among 17-year-olds”

University College London 20/11/2020

“New report calls for urgent action to protect children’s rights in mental health settings”

Article 39 20/11/2020

“Facebook’s Instagram ‘failed self-harm responsibilities'”

BBC, 20/11/2020

“Homeless at school: 56% of teachers have worked with homeless children”

Shelter 18/11/2020

“Sharp rise in children investigated over far-right links – including youngsters under 10”

Sky News 18/11/2020

“Kenya arrests three health workers after BBC Africa Eye exposé”

BBC, 18/11/2020

“Indian factory workers supplying major brands allege routine exploitation”

BBC 17/11/2020

“Black applicants least likely to be offered PhD places”

BBC 17/11/2020

“TikTok adds tougher parental controls”

BBC, 17/11/2020

“Government leads national drive to protect victims of child abuse”

GOV UK 17/11/2020

“Online bullying in England and Wales: year ending March 2020′”

Office for National Statistics 16/11/2020

LOCAL: “Trowbridge teacher banned after ‘bomb’ remark to Muslim pupil”

BBC, 14/11/2020

“Black people ‘twice as likely to catch coronavirus'”

BBC 13/11/2020

LOCAL: “County Lines network in Portsmouth jailed for just over 12 years in total”

Hampshire Police 13/11/2020

“Instagram most recorded platform used in child grooming crimes during lockdown'”

NSPCC 13/11/2020

LOCAL: “Rape investigation launched following incident in Southampton park”

Daily Echo, 12/11/2020

PODCAST: “Safeguarding children in (or on the edge of) care w/ Detective Sergeant Matthew Garland-Collins”

Child Protection Professionals 

“Calls for English Smacking Ban”

Children and Young People Now, 11/11/2020

“Children in care ‘failed’ while some providers ‘make millions'”

BBC 11/11/2020

“New national inquiry into ‘disturbing’ rise of ‘self-generated’ child sexual abuse material”

UK Safer Internet Centre 09/11/2020

“Inquiry finds Catholic Church prioritised reputation over the welfare of children”

Independent Inquiry Child Sexual Abuse, 09/11/2020

“New winter package to provide further support for children and families”

GOV UK 08/11/2020

“Peshawar bombing: At least seven dead in Pakistan school attack”


“Abuse of babies is up by a fifth during Covid crisis, Ofsted says”

The Guardian, 06/11/2020

“Racist and faith targeted bullying – prevalence”

Anti-Bullying Alliance

“Increasing safety and the resilience of children at risk of technology-assisted child sexual abuse”


LOCAL: “Appeal for witnesses after teenage girl assaulted in Southampton”

Hampshire Police, 05/11/2020

“Man charged with raping and kidnapping teenage girl”

BBC, 05/11/2020

LOCAL: “Over 2,000 sex offenders living in Hampshire, new figures reveal”

Portsmouth News 04/11/2020

“Children’s charity leaders call on Boris Johnson to tackle child poverty”

Barnardos, 04/11/2020

“Rape suspect Kadian Nelson urged to hand himself in”

BBC, 04/11/2020

“Vienna shooting: Gunman hunted after deadly ‘terror’ attack”

BBC, 03/11/2020

WATCH: “Panorama: Is TikTok Safe?”

BBC iPlayer, 02/11/2020

“TikTok failed to ban flagged ‘child predator'”

BBC, 02/11/2020

Sky News 02/11/2020

Sky News 30/10/2020

“IWF has record month as public reports of child sexual abuse surge”

Internet Watch Foundation, 30/10/2020

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