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Teacher and partner jailed after they filmed themselves abusing girl

(Please note this story contains graphic descriptions and sensitive material that readers may find upsetting)

  • A deputy headteacher and her partner have been jailed for child sexual abuse offences.
  • They filmed themselves abusing and raping a girl, who was under 13 years old.
  • She was also head of safeguarding at a primary school in Wigan.
  • She was sentenced to 13 years and four months in prison after she pleaded guilty to multiple charges including 18 child sexual abuse offences.
  • Her partner was sentenced to 6 years for 34 offences for various charges including seven counts of raping a child under 13 and possessing and distributing indecent photographs of a child.
  • Both were given indefinite sexual harm prevention orders and will sign the sex offender register for life.
  • Full story, here.


Social media may be forced to open to academics under a new openness bill

  • Senators in the US have introduced the Platform Accountability and Transparency Act (PATA).
  • This would require social media companies to disclose platform data with independent researchers working on National Science Foundation-approved projects (NSF).
  • Platforms would need to comply with data requests and any failure to disclose data would grant the loss of immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
  • Full story, here.


16,000 UK children could be exposed to domestic abuse at Christmas

  • The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) estimates that almost 16,000 children across the UK could be exposed to domestic abuse this Christmas.
  • The charity is urging ministers to commit to funding specialist support services in the new year.
  • It is estimated that 3.2% of children under 11 and 2.5% of 11- to 17-years-old are exposed to domestic violence.
  • This equates approximately 15,948 over the two-week festive period, rising from 15,006 from last Christmas.
  • Full story, here.

200,000 UK children could be made homeless this winter

  • Homelessness charity, Shelter, estimates that 200,000 children are at risk of being left homeless this winter.
  • 55,000 children, along with their families are estimated to have already been evicted in the last three months.
  • A poll found that 71% of renting families would struggle to find a home during the winter and 104,000 families have received eviction notices or could lose their home.
  • 21% report their children know they are struggling with rent and 11% say their children are worried about becoming homeless.
  • Full story, here.


Nearly half a million deprived children took part in summer scheme

  • Figures from the Department for Education (DfE) show that almost 600,000 children benefited from holiday activity clubs and free meals in the summer.
  • 450,000 children were from deprived backgrounds, including some now eligible for free school meals who were assessed as needing extra support.
  • In January 2021, more than 1.7 million children were eligible for free school meals, representing a sharp rise from 1.4 million before COVID-19.
  • Councils are running activity and food clubs over Christmas for the first time this year.
  • This is due to continue over Easter and the summer holidays for the next 3 years.
  • Full story, here.