Out-of-school education settings: call for evidence Government consultation

We have been asked to bring to your attention the Government's recent proposal to allow OFSTED to inspect out of school education, which is aimed at safeguarding children and young people from extremist indoctrination.


As a professional team of children's and youth work advisers we applaud this, as we, like most other people, would find such practices abhorrent.

Advice over concerns about the Operation Christmas Child appeal

Several people have been raising concerns about some of the actions of Samaritan’s Purse, who run Operation Christmas Child (the very popular shoebox activity).

Anne Richards, who is the Mission and Theological Adviser at Church House, Westminster, has written the following which you might find helpful if anyone concerns.

Children suffer as energy companies fail vulnerable families in energy debt

Energy companies are failing huge numbers of families struggling with energy debt, causing parents to feel intimidated and damaging children’s health, new research from The Children’s Society reveals.

 Almost a million children are living in families in energy debt and too often energy companies are not following their legal obligations to help these families.

Youth Mental Health First Aid course

Friday 12 & Friday 19 September 2014 (9am – 5pm),

Mowbray Square Medical Centre in Harrogate.

If you teach, work, live with or care for 11-18 year olds then this course is for you. It will teach you to identify, refer and support those young people aged 11-18 who show signs of mental ill health and make sure they get the appropriate help quickly.

Here is what some of the previous participants thought about the YMHFA course:

Regulating online time for young people

Here's an interesting blog piece I came across from a working mum, who wanted to try and positively limit her children's access to the Internet, etc. She drew up an agreement, whereby, her children "earned" their time online, by fulfilling other tasks first. It may not resonate completely with you, but its worth a read and you may get some ideas to adapt!

Transgender: there's no such thing as a sex change

Here's a really helpful short video that could be used with teenagers to explore issues around gender and especially those who are struggling to come to terms with being transgender. This is not about homosexuality, this is about a physical, biological matter. Our reactions to people who are born transgender are often very unhelpful and disturbing to them.

If this video helps to challenge wrong assumptions and enable both adults and young people to be more understanding of and welcoming to transgender people, it will have served a useful purpose.

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