Beauticians illegally offering lip fillers to under 18’s on social media
A BBC investigation has found that under-18’s can contact practitioners on social media, despite Facebook’s policy that their Marketplace site must not promote the sale of cosmetic procedures.
It is illegal for under-18’s to receive dermal fillers for cosmetic reasons – this includes making an appointment or agreeing to undertake the procedure for an underage client.
The BBC investigators created a Facebook profile of 16-year-old ‘Jennie May’ to test the above and found that the profile was able to contact more than 200 practitioners, one in five of whom were willing to treat underage ‘Jennie’.
In response to these findings, Facebook has confirmed that certain search terms have now been blocked and listings that violate its guidelines will be removed.
Hunt launched to find ‘ghost children’ missing from schools in England
England’s children’s commissioner, Rachel de Souza, is launching an investigation to locate ‘ghost children’ who have fallen off the radar during the pandemic.
De Souza has said the inquiry would focus on 10 local authorities and would assess why ‘missing’ students have disappeared from official view, these 10 areas are yet to be identified.
Some estimates have suggested that as many as 100,000 children are at risk of abuse after failing to return to school following the lockdown last year, with two causes for this lack of return being a lack of mental health provision for children and the lack of provision for children with special educational needs.
This follows the tragic death of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Ofsted’s findings that nearly half of council children’s services require improvement or are inadequate.
A survey carried out by the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) has found that almost a third of teachers in Scotland do not think their classrooms have adequate ventilation to combat the risk of Covid-19.
The issue repeatedly raised in the survey was balancing necessary ventilation requirements and a comfortable working environment for staff and their pupils, especially as the weather worsens.
Only 6% of the 16,000 teachers who responded said they wanted to see pupil face coverings removed in secondary schools and a slight minority (47%) of teachers said they felt safe.