Snapchat announces paid subscription service ‘Snapchat Plus’

  • Priced at $3.99 a month, the service allows users to change the style of the app’s icon, see who rewatched a story and pin one friend to the top of their chat history.
  • However, Snapchat Plus does not remove ads.
  • This announcement comes just one month after Snap warned of slowing revenue growth.
  • For more on this story, visit the Verge website.

Coroner believes that NHS Mental Health Services are failing young people

  • A coroner has ruled that neglect by NHS Mental Health services led to the death of a 14-year-old girl, who died by suicide last year.
  • Despite serious concerns for the girl’s mental health and being placed on a high risk ‘red-list’, Robyn Skilton was discharged from NHS mental health services one month before her death.
  • In the UK, there has been a 95% increase in young people seeking help from mental health services.
  • For more information on this story, go to the Guardian’s website.

Complaints are higher at children’s homes run for profit

  • Ofsted has released data which shows that private children’s homes have more police callouts and whistleblowing complaints than charity or council run homes in England.
  • The private sector of children’s homes provides 69% of bed spaces across England.
  • Between 2018 and 2021, the BBC found that these homes accounted for 78% of complaints lodged in regards to children’s homes in England.
  • Visit the BBC website for more on this story.