Daily Safeguarding Update admin2021-12-23T11:27:00+00:00December 22nd, 2021| TikTok tests new ‘Re-Post’ option TikTok is testing a new ‘Repost’ option that enables users to re-share TikTok clips to their followers. This feature aims to boost clip distribution by sharing it in the ‘Following’ and ‘For You’ feeds. A ‘Repost’ button appears in the sharing options of each video. Any reshared videos will be displayed as ‘Reposted’. The feature is only available for some users and a wide release date hasn’t been made available. Full story, here. Childline warns of increase in self-harm and suicidal ideation Childline has reported a surge in young callers expressing suicidal thoughts in recent weeks following a growing sense of anxiety about the pandemic. Over the past month, between 25 to 30 children a week have contacted ChildLine about suicidal feelings. Most calls with suicide ideation have been made by young girls, while boys tend to use the service more overall. This follows a report about an increase in calls made about loneliness, peaking at nearly 600 counselling sessions for December alone. Full story, here. Emotional abuse of children in UK A statistical briefing by the NSPCC highlights the occurrence of emotional abuse of children across the UK. There were over 34,000 police-recorded offences related to emotional abuse in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland in 2019/20. Around 1 in 15 children in the UK have been emotionally abused by a parent or carer. Emotional abuse is the most common concern in Wales, second most recorded in England and Scotland and third recorded concern in Northern Ireland. Full briefing, here. Remote learning plans in place in case of school closure Many schools in the UK are ensuring their online learning provision is ready to go in case schools can’t open fully in the new year. Current guidance outlines that in-person teaching is to continue after Christmas. In England, additional measures will be put in place, including testing and improved classroom ventilation In Scotland, schools are being urged to remain open following the new advice on limiting spread. Schools in Wales can take two “planning days” at start of term to assess staffing and necessary measures. A teaching union in Northern Ireland has called for a phased return to school. Full story, here.