Daily Safeguarding Update admin2021-10-21T09:12:59+00:00October 20th, 2021| Misleading vaccine claims target children and parents Campaigners have been gathering outside schools and handing out what they claim are legal documents or “notices of liability” to head teachers. This follows reports of anti-vaccination protests outside schools targeting children and threats to headteachers following the announcement of the vaccine programme for 12- to 15-year-olds. The documents issued by campaigners warn teachers and parents against vaccinating children against COVID-19. A fake NHS-issued consent letter was sent to schools in England, stating exaggerated rates of risk of death following the vaccine administration among and false claims about its effectiveness. Full story, here. FCA to warn younger investors off cryptocurrencies and high-risk products Social media hype and the gambling-like thrill of competing are driving younger investors to high-risk investments. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) warns young investors against these high-risk investments. These high-risk products include cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, foreign exchange trading and investment-based crowdfunding. The FCA warning follows the popularity of cryptocurrencies, stock-market trading linked to “meme stocks” like GameStop and the popularity of subreddit r/WallStreetBets. Three-quarters of investors aged 18 to 40 reported feeling a “sense of competitiveness” when investing and two-thirds (68%) likening investing to gambling. The FCA previously reported that young investors are swayed by financial and investment influencers on Instagram, YouTube and TikTok. Full story, here. UK immigration policy increases risks to trafficking victims A new report on trafficking in the UK has warned that Brexit and the Home Office’s new plans for immigration are increasing the risks to trafficking victims. The report found links between terrorism and trafficking in cases involving families from the UK ending up with the Islamic State in Syria. An increase in the recruitment of trafficking victims via social media was also identified. The number of possible victims of trafficking referred to the UK’s National Referral Mechanism (NRM) has increased from 1,182 in 2012 to 10,627 in 2019. The number of referrals in 2020 was 10,613. The proportion of male victims referred to the NRM has increased and there has been a significant rise in the number of children referred. Most child referrals were from the UK and involved county lines gangs. Full report, here. Pornhub owner settles with ‘Girls Do Porn’ victims Pornhub’s parent company, MindGeek, has settled a lawsuit brought by 50 women who alleged they were victims of a sex-trafficking operation. 50 women said that ‘Girls Do Porn’, an adult content provider, coerced them into having sex on camera and lied about how the material would be shared. Pornhub was sued over allegedly knowing about the allegations against the provider but proceeded with the partnership. ‘Girls Do Porn’ operated by advertising modelling jobs, but young women were later told that the work involved making pornographic videos. The women were assured that the job would be anonymous and would not be posted online but the videos were later distributed on public websites like Pornhub. This follows the suspension of user-uploaded content by Pornhub over allegations involving child abuse material and rape-related videos. Full story, here.