Daily Safeguarding Update admin2021-10-13T10:12:42+00:00October 12th, 2021| Instagram to introduce ‘take a break’ feature and ‘nudge’ teens away from harmful content Facebook will be introducing features to urge teen users to ‘take a break’ and to ‘nudge’ them away from harmful content Instagram will be prompting teens to ‘take a break’ when using Instagram for long periods. It will also be “nudging” young people if they repeatedly look at the same content that could harm their well-being. This follows the hand-over of internal Facebook documents to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) revealing Instagram’s negative impact on mental health and the pause of the ‘Instagram Kids’ project. Frances Haugen, the Facebook whistle-blower, is due to give evidence to the UK Parliament later this month about the need for regulation to protect children online. Critics claim that the plan lacks important details and are sceptical about the features’ effectiveness. Some of these features were announced in September, but no specific date has been given for their release. Full story, here. Unicef publishes The State of the World’s Children 2021 report Unicef has published a report examining child, adolescent, and caregiver mental health around the world. More than 13% of adolescents aged 10 to 19-years old live with a diagnosed mental disorder. This represents approximately 86 million adolescents aged 15 to 19-years old and 80 million adolescents aged 10-14. Anxiety and depression make up around 40% of these diagnosed mental disorders. Suicide is the fifth most prevalent cause of death for boys and girls aged 10 to 19 and fourth for those aged 15 to 19. Schools and learning environments can provide opportunities to support mental health but can also expose children and young people to risks, including bullying and excessive exam pressure. You can access our Mental Health Awareness, CPD Accredited Course via your Safer Schools app. Read the full report, here. Number of teenagers in care proceedings in England doubles According to Nuffield Family Justice Observatory data, the number of older children in care proceedings in England has almost doubled in the last decade. The number of 10 to 17-year-olds subject to care proceedings rose by 95% between 2011/12 and 2019/20 (from 3,081 to 6,013 children). This is rising faster than for any other group of children, with the number of 15-year-olds growing by 150% and 16-year-olds by 285% between 2011 and 2020. Researchers examined case files of individual 10-17-year-olds in four local authorities in England and Wales and in the East London Family Court. This revealed concerns about parents struggling with entrenched poverty and longstanding effects of substance misuse, mental health needs and domestic abuse. Children in care proceedings had often faced long-term neglect and trauma at home and external issues like criminal or sexual exploitation. The report can be found here. Full story, here. Girls in the Children and Young People’s Secure Estate The Centre for Mental Health has published a review of girls in the Children and Young People Secure Estate (CYPSE). CYPSE provides placements for children aged between 10 and 17, either for a young person’s welfare or through the youth justice system. NHS England and NHS Improvement commissioned the review in partnership with the Youth Custody Service. The review showed that girls entering the CYPSE are highly likely to have complex trauma resulting from experiences of abuse and adversity. Girls from racialised communities are overrepresented throughout the youth justice system but are less likely to have their mental health needs recognized. Incidents of serious self-harm are more common among girls than boys in the CYPSE, especially in single-gender settings. Self-harming was the most common reason for the use of force or restraint with girls, which can be traumatic and can decrease trust in staff. The report calls for gender-responsive and trauma-informed approaches to care and highlights the crucial need for earlier interventions and more community-based alternatives to the CYPSE. Read the full report, here. Full story, here.