Links from around the world of youth work and social care:
- Young carers limited summer holidays: Action for Children and Carers Trust have released findings from a survey of 270 young carers under the age of 18 looking at how they spend their summer holidays. Findings show that: 47% of young carers spend more than four hours a day during the summer caring for a relative; 68% said they feel more stressed or worried during the holidays; and 57% worry about talking about what they did in the summer break when they go back to school.
- “Holiday hunger” increasing: The National Education Union (NEU) has released findings from a survey of 657 secondary school teachers looking at “holiday hunger”, where families are unable to afford enough food during the school summer break. Findings show that 59% of members polled said that children and young people in their school experienced holiday hunger.
- Relationships and sex education and PSHE briefing papers: The House of Commons Library has published a briefing on relationships and sex education and a briefing on personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) in schools in England. The first briefing provides an overview of the legislation and guidance currently in place regarding sex and relationship education (SRE) in schools and related reviews and proposals in Parliament to introduce relationship and sex education (RSE), whilst the second sets out the rules relating to the provision of (PSHE), and introduces the debates about the quality of provision and the subject’s statutory status.
- Online abuse and the experience of disabled people: The House of Commons Petitions Committee has published draft recommendations and launched an inquiry into online abuse and the experience of disabled people. Recommendations include: making incitement of disability hatred a specific crime; and requiring social media companies to produce easy to read privacy notices. The inquiry follows a petition organised by Katie Price, mother of a 16 year old son with disabilities who was subject to online abuse, which was signed by more than 200,000 people.
- UK children with ADHD wait up to two years for diagnosis: The Guardian reports that analysis of a freedom of information request by the All-party parliamentary group on ADHD shows that children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are waiting up to two years for a diagnosis in England.
- Digital literacy: The House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee has published an interim report following its disinformation and fake news enquiry. The report includes a section looking at digital literacy in relation to children and young people. Its recommendations include: introducing digital literacy as part of the physical, social, health and economic curriculum funded by an educational levy to be raised by social media companies.