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“Sexual abuse of children from under-represented groups”

Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse 

“Nightwatch London”


“New report – “Lonely Lockdown. Life for siblings of disabled children in the UK””


LOCAL: “MP welcomes new mental health hubs for mothers in Hampshire”

Daily Echo 15/04/2021

“Afghanistan: ‘We have won the war, America has lost’, say Taliban”

BBC 15/04/2021

LOCAL: “Police search Horndean after receiving reports of a concern for welfare for a child”

Hampshire Police 15/04/2021

LOCAL: “Man found guilty of assaults against sex workers in Southampton”

Hampshire Police 15/04/2021

“Sahayb Abu: Would-be rap star jailed for IS-inspired terror plot”

BBC 14/04/2021

LOCAL: “Witness appeal and arrest following Leesland Park assault”

Hampshire Police 14/04/2021

LOCAL: “Communities defeat terrorism: Stay safe this spring”

Hampshire Police 14/04/2021

LOCAL: “Boy, 15, taken to hospital after being attacked in Gosport park by group of children”

Portsmouth News 14/04/2021

LOCAL: “Romsey leaders condemn ‘horrid’ and ‘racist’ stickers”

Daily Echo 13/04/2021

“Counter Terrorism Policing Urge Public to be Vigilant Against Threat from Terrorism as Lockdown Eases”

Counter Terrorism Policing 12/04/2021

LOCAL: “Man and woman jailed for 15 years for non-recent child sex offences and child cruelty”

Hampshire Police 09/04/2021

LOCAL: “Five cannabis factories located in Southampton in March 2021”

Hampshire News 09/04/2021

“Sexual and Criminal Slavery Up During COVID”

Unseen UK 07/04/2021

LOCAL: “Hampshire Constabulary work with Border Force to tackle organised immigration crime”

Hampshire Police 07/04/2021

“Ofsted review into sexual abuse in schools: terms of reference”

GOV UK 07/04/2021

“Rochdale child grooming: Anger as gang member spotted in town”

BBC 06/04/2021

LOCAL: “Two men found guilty of murdering Gurinderjit Rai in Corhampton”

Hampshire Police 06/04/2021

“New dedicated mental health services for new expectant and bereaved mums”

NHS England 06/04/2021

“£4m for councils to support more families to resolve parental conflict”

GOV UK 06/04/2021

“School moves are adding to children’s trauma, psychotherapist warns”

The Guardian 04/04/2021

LOCAL: “Havant man charged with child sex offences”

Hampshire Police 04/04/2021

LOCAL: “London men charged with county line drug offences in Hampshire”

Hampshire Police 01/04/2021

LOCAL: “Southampton Central train station to tackle county lines drugs networks”

Hampshire Police 01/04/2021

“Modern slavery: how to identify and support victims”

GOV UK 01/04/2021

“Talk it over – new resource to support discussions around online hate”

UK Safer Internet Centre 01/04/2021

“How young people are shaping the future of the NSPCC”

NSPCC 31/03/2021

“Government launches review into sexual abuse in schools”

GOV UK 31/03/2021

LOCAL: “Police tape off area in Holyrood Estate, Southampton”

Daily Echo 30/03/2021

“Coronavirus: Prisoners’ children ‘forgotten’ during pandemic”

BBC 30/03/2021

“School abuse: ‘Raped schoolgirl ignored by teachers'”

BBC 30/03/2021

“Teen who called himself Hitler sentenced for terror offences”

BBC 30/03/2021

“Appeal for witnesses following serious assault in Southampton”

Hampshire Police 29/03/2021

“School abuse: ‘Rape culture’ warning as 8,000 report incidents”

BBC 29/03/2021

“UK schools record more than 60,000 racist incidents in five years”

The Guardian 28/03/2021

“Mental health recovery plan backed by £500 million”

GOV UK 27/03/2021

“Suicide prevention in England: fifth progress report”

GOV UK 27/03/2021

LOCAL: “Man jailed for child sex offences in Gosport”

Hampshire Police 26/03/2021

LOCAL: “Six men jailed for their involvement in Gosport drugs conspiracy”

Hampshire Police 26/03/2021

“Facebook end-to-end encryption plans make stopping child abuse online harder”

NSPCC 26/03/2021

“Batley Grammar School: More people gather over Mohammed image row – as cabinet minister Robert Jenrick ‘disturbed’ by protests”

Sky News 26/03/2021

“Batley Grammar School: Protest over image of Prophet Mohammed shown in class ‘unacceptable’, say education officials”

Sky News 26/03/2021

“Supporting your child with SEND online wellbeing”

Net Aware 25/03/2021

“Child mental health”

NSPCC 25/03/2021

“‘Beyond heart-breaking’ abuse as predators groom children to film siblings and friends”

Internet Watch Foundation 24/03/2021

LOCAL: “Proactive drugs operation: Man from London charged with county lines drug dealing into Andover”

Hampshire Police 24/03/2021

LOCAL: “Appeal for witnesses following sexual assault in Chandlers Ford”

Hampshire Police 24/03/2021

“‘I have to keep smiling’: how the female pop star documentary got real”

The Guardian 24/03/2021

LOCAL: “Seven men convicted for their involvement in a Class A drugs conspiracy in Gosport”

Hampshire Police 23/03/2021

LOCAL: “Appeal after teenage boy is assaulted in Gosport”

Hampshire Police 23/03/2021

LOCAL: “Officers make an arrest following indecent exposure incident in Southampton”

Hampshire Police 23/03/2021

“Russia’s decriminalising of domestic violence means women continue to die”

Sky News 21/03/2021

“Alert: Further targeted ransomware attacks on the UK education sector by cyber criminals”

National Cyber Security Centre 23/03/2021

“Support for UK education sector after growth in cyber attacks”

National Cyber Security Centre 23/03/2021

“Teaching consent to children: ‘The joke is where it starts and rape is where it ends'”

The Guardian 20/03/2021

LOCAL: “Isle of Wight man jailed for child sexual abuse has sentence extended”

Hampshire Police 19/03/2021

LOCAL: “Portsmouth man sentenced for stalking and harassment”

Hampshire Police 19/03/2021

“More than 10,000 suspected modern slavery victims identified in 2020”

Hampshire Chronicle 18/03/2021

“Young adult carers shape guidance in their language”

GOV UK 18/03/2021

LOCAL: “Southampton FC admits ‘failings’ over paedophile coach Bob Higgins ahead of Sheldon Review”

Portsmouth News 17/03/2021

LOCAL: “Paedophile is jailed for historical and recent child sex offences”

Portsmouth News 17/03/2021

“Instagram Announces New AI Tools to Stop ‘Suspicious’ Adults from Messaging Children”

Independent 16/03/2021

“Maternal mental health during a pandemic”

Centre for Mental Health 16/03/2021

“We’re launching a once in a generation “Beveridge Report for children” with an ambitious call to rebuild childhood after the Covid-19 pandemic”

Children’s Commissioner 16/03/2021

“Early Years practitioners: using cyber security to protect your settings”

National Cyber Security Centre 15/03/2021

“Poll shows widescale public support for stronger laws to protect children from online abuse”

NSPCC 12/03/2021

LOCAL: “Four jailed for county lines drug dealing in Southampton”

Hampshire Police 12/03/2021

LOCAL: “London man charged with supply of Class A drugs”

Hampshire Police 11/03/2021

“Witness appeal after sexual assault in Farnborough”

Hampshire Police 11/03/2021

LOCAL: “Witness appeal following indecent exposure in Portsmouth”

Hampshire Police 11/03/2021

“Safeguarding and remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19)”

GOV UK 10/03/2021

“Government to close loophole in Positions of Trust law to better protect young people”

NSPCC 09/03/2021

“New Action Group to boost mental health education”

GOV UK 09/03/2021

LOCAL: “Man sentenced to two years and six months in prison for non-recent child sex offences in Cowplain”

Hampshire Police 09/03/2021

“Maternal mental health”

UK Parliament 09/03/2021

“Samuel Paty murder: how a teenager’s lie sparked a tragic chain of events”

The Guardian 08/03/2021

“School closures hit children’s mental health hard”

Nuffield Foundation 08/03/2021

LOCAL: “One charged and another arrested in connection with drugs offences in Southampton”

Hampshire Police 08/03/2021

LOCAL: “Man sentenced to 23 years in prison for the murder of 32-year-old Kayleigh Dunning in Portsmouth”

Hampshire Police 08/03/2021

“International Women’s Day: Women’s Aid launches a dedicated service for professionals”

Women’s Aid 08/03/2021

“New Research shines a spotlight on child’s play during pandemic”

Great Ormond Street Hospital 07/03/2021

“The lockdown generation: 16 young people on spending a year at home”

The Guardian 07/03/2021

LOCAL: “Man jailed for non-recent child sex offences in Southampton”

Hampshire Police 05/03/2021

LOCAL: “Eastleigh man jailed for seven years following rape of woman in January 2019”

Hampshire Police 05/03/2021

LOCAL: “Teenage girl sentenced after officer assault incident in Newport”

Hampshire Police 04/03/2021

“Greater Impact on Girls This Lockdown Than Previous Lockdown”

Girl Guiding

“Kids arrested by counter-terror cops as three terrorist attacks foiled in Britain in lockdown”

The Sun 04/03/2021

“Children’s doctors given fabricated illness guidance”

BBC 03/03/2021

LOCAL: “Man arrested on suspicion of drug offences in Eastleigh”

Hampshire Police 03/03/2021

LOCAL: “Cannabis factories dismantled following warrants in Andover”

Hampshire Police 02/03/2021

LOCAL: “Police in Southampton end county lines intensification fortnight with 24 arrests and over £2000 worth of Class A drugs seized”

Hampshire Police 02/03/2021

“Shamima Begum: IS bride ‘angry, upset and crying’ after court rules she can’t return to UK”

Sky News 27/02/2021

LOCAL: “Police focus on disruption and dismantling county lines during intensification activity against transient drug networks”

Hampshire Police 26/02/2021

“FGM: Survivors tell their stories as female circumcision referrals drop during pandemic”

Sky News 25/02/2021

“Pilot App Launches to Help Public Report Terrorist Content Online”

Counter Terrorism Policing 24/02/2021

“Black LGBT+ young people’s mental health particularly impacted by pandemic”

Just Like Us 23/02/2021

“Podcast: building children and young people’s digital resilience”

NSPCC 22/02/2021

“NHS sees surge in referrals for eating disorders among under-18s during Covid”

The Guardian 20/02/2021

“Shamima Begum: supreme court to decide next week on UK return”

The Guardian 19/02/2021

“Safeguarding: consent issues”

GOV UK 19/02/2021

“10,000 children in care were sent to potentially unsafe places to live – including caravans, tents and barges”

Sky News 19/02/2021

“Omegle: Children expose themselves on video chat site”

BBC 18/02/2021

“Protected characteristics impact institutional response to child sexual abuse, survivors tell Inquiry”

IICSA 18/02/2021

“Contacts to the NSPCC about drug and alcohol misuse among parents soar during the pandemic”

NSPCC 17/02/2021

LOCAL: “Man charged with County Line drug dealing on the Isle of Wight”

Hampshire Police 16/02/2021

“Self-harm among young children in UK doubles in six years”

The Guardian 16/02/2021

“Safer Internet Day Press Release 2021”

UK Safer Internet Centre

“Women’s Aid is working in partnership with Yves Saint Laurent Beauty to educate children and young people about intimate partner violence (IPV)”

Women’s Aid

LOCAL: “Arrest made following sexual assault in Gosport”

Hampshire Police 13/02/2021

“County Lines exploitation: applying All Our Health”

GOV UK 12/02/2021

“Women’s Aid is working in partnership with Yves Saint Laurent Beauty to educate children and young people about intimate partner violence (IPV)”

Women’s Aid

“Harmful online challenges and online hoaxes”

GOV UK 12/02/2021

“£125 million allocated to councils to support domestic abuse victims and their children”

GOV UK, 12/02/2021

LOCAL: “Man charged as part of proactive investigation into a County Line in Winchester”

Hampshire Police 12/02/2021

“Majority of nursery workers are encountering children facing extremely challenging and complex backgrounds”

Anna Freud 11/02/2021

“David Wilson: Sex offender who posed as girls online jailed for 25 years”

BBC, 10/02/2021

“Children‘s online behaviour in England and Wales: year ending March 2020”

Office for National Statistics 09/02/2021

LOCAL: “Joint policing operation at Southampton Central train station to disrupt drug networks and safeguard exploited children”

Hampshire Police 09/02/2021

“Rise in child abuse online threatens to overwhelm UK police, officers warn”

The Guardian, 09/02/2021

“Plymouth nursery investigating after toddler found on dual carriageway after escaping”

ITV News 09/02/2021

WATCH: “Undercover Police: Hunting Paedophiles”

Channel 4 08/02/2021

“£35.5m to support young people at risk of involvement in serious violence”

GOV UK, 08/02/2021

“Britain’s youngest terrorist and leader of neo-Nazi cell avoids custody with rehabilitation order”

Sky News 08/02/2021

“UK terror threat level drops from ‘severe’ to ‘substantial’ – but attack still ‘likely'”

Sky News 08/02/2021

“Gifted teen who won place at university exposed as County Lines drug dealer”

Birmingham Mail, 08/02/2021

LOCAL: “Man charged with attempted abduction in Basingstoke”

Hampshire Police 08/02/2021

LOCAL: “Appeal for information following sexual assault in Gosport”

Hampshire Alert 08/02/2021

LOCAL: “Man admits string of child sex offences in Gosport”

Hampshire Police, 08/02/2021

“Two million extra cases of FGM likely over next 10 years due to Covid, UN warns”

The Independent, 07/02/2021

LOCAL: “Witness appeal after attempted abduction in Basingstoke”

Hampshire Police 05/02/2021

LOCAL: “Two London men arrested on suspicion of drug offences in Bishop’s Waltham”

Hampshire Police, 04/02/2021

LOCAL: “Two men arrested on suspicion of drug offences in Eastleigh”

Hampshire Police 04/02/2021

LOCAL: “Officers carry out drug warrants in Farnborough”

Hampshire Police 03/02/2021

“Huge County Lines drug ring smashed with 72 members jailed for 221 years”

The Sun, 02/02/2021

“Muslim boy, 4, was referred to Prevent over game of Fortnite”

The Guardian 31/01/2021

“MPs seek evidence on mental health services offered to children and young people”

Children’s Commissioner 29/01/2021

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