Daily Safeguarding Update admin2022-01-05T11:16:16+00:00January 4th, 2022| NHS unable to treat every child with eating disorder as cases soar The NHS is unable to treat every child with an eating disorder following a rise in hospital admissions. NHS data shows that there were 23,302 admissions for eating disorders among all age groups. This represents a 13% increase from 2019/20 and a 21% increase from 2018/19. Data for April to October 2021 showed 15,941 admissions for all year groups in England. The provisional data shows that 4,238 hospital admissions were children aged under 17, up 41% from the year before. Full story, here. UK web traffic to incel websites sees huge rise The Centre for Countering Digital Hate found a six-fold rise in UK web traffic to websites promoting ‘incel’ ideologies. Three of the largest “incel” sites have grown from 114,420 monthly visits to 638,505 between March and November 2021. In December 2021, the Law Commission recommended that existing hate crime legislation should be extended to cover hatred on grounds of sex or gender. For more information on ‘incels’ check out our blog. Full story, here. Essex brothers face sentences for exploiting seven teenage girls Two men from Essex will be sentenced next month after being convicted of sexually exploiting seven teenage girls using dating apps. The men used apps to create fake accounts and offer ‘sugar daddy’ arrangements with girls aged between 13 and 18 in 2016 and 2017. John Bancroft was found guilty of multiple charges including four counts of rape and meeting a child following sexual grooming. Full story, here. New advice for ‘combining classes’ to keep pupils in school The Department for Education (DfE) has advised headteachers to consider combining classes. This is in effort to ensure pupils remain in the classroom during periods of staff shortages due to COVID-19. The advice also outlines that in the event of remote learning, live streaming of lessons is the “preferred method”. Teachers have expressed concern that this would disrupt classes further and increase risk of spreading COVID-19. Full story, here. Heads warn of weeks of Omicron disruption in English schools School leaders in England are warning of weeks of disruption owing to high levels of staff COVID-19 absences. Heads warns that it may be inevitable that some classes and year groups would be sent home to learn remotely. This follows new DfE advice to combine classes in the event of staff shortages. Full story, here. Scottish Government vow to ‘closely monitor’ schools return Shirley-Anne Somerville, the Education Secretary has made keeping schools open an “absolute priority” and vows to monitor school return closely. Students have been advised to test at home before heading back to school amid soaring COVID-19 cases. This follows a statement from NASUWT teacher’s union claiming its members want immediate action to avoid further disruption. Safety guidance for schools was updated in December, with mitigations including physical distancing, one-way systems, and correct use of face coverings. Full story, here.