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March 20, 2023

Teen vaping becoming an ‘epidemic’ across UK

  • A leading doctor within the UK has warned that the use of vapes and e-cigarettes by young people is a “new epidemic”.
  • Even though the sale of vapes is illegal to those who are under 18, Dr McKean has stated that a large number of young people are vaping at school.
  • He has stated that children are “inhaling chemicals we don’t know the long-term effects of” and “becoming addicted.”
  • Recent data has shown that the reported use of e-cigarettes has risen to 9% among 11–15-year-olds in England.
  • Vaping among 15-year-old girls had also risen from 10% in 2018 to 21% in 2021.
  • New research published within the last week showed that putting vapes in plain packaging reduces their appeal to children and could potentially stop them starting in the first place.
  • For more on this story, please visit the Evening Standard’s website.

Behaviour Management approach ‘increases criminalisation of children in care’

  • A research paper led by Manchester Metropolitan University revealed concerns regarding excessive use of police involvement with children in care.
  • Further concerns surrounded police’s approach to record keeping that failed to contextualise a child’s care background.
  • The report found that children in residential care are disproportionately likely to receive a criminal caution or conviction.
  • The report also cautions that over-relying on police in children’s care settings may “normalise” involvement with the legal system.
  • One in six local protocols refer to gender and one in nine make reference to ethnicity.
  • According to the report, both these factors affect the risk of criminalisation.
  • Researchers are calling on the government to make it a statutory duty on local authorities to prevent unnecessary criminalisation in care.
  • For more on this story, please visit the CYP Now website.

Home office accused of ‘shunting’ Afghan child refugees around UK ‘like cattle’

  • The observer has uncovered a growing number of cases in which Afghan families are being compulsorily relocated out of London by the Home Office despite children commencing GCSE exams on May 15th.
  • Some children who have been relocated are unable to find new school places and consequently are now unable to sit their exams.
  • Other children are having to commute up to four hours a day to continue lessons and exam revision at their schools.
  • Some schools have been fighting for their pupils arguing that there is not enough time for pupils to find a new school and settle before exams.
  • The Home Office have stated there is a shortage of local authority housing in London and hotels are not a long-term solution.
  • For more on this story, please visit the Guardian’s website.

Met Officers investigated for sexual misconduct working as normal

  • A Freedom of Information request submitted by the Liberal Democrats has revealed that more than 100 Metropolitan Police officers investigated for domestic abuse and sexual misconduct are working as normal.
  • A further 236 were placed on restricted duties, 71 were suspended and 97 have left the force.
  • 111 of the 361 officers who were being investigated solely for sexual misconduct are still taking up normal duties.
  • An interim review by Baroness Casey published in October highlighted that hundreds of serving officers are getting away with breaking the law and misconduct.
  • The Metropolitan Police force have stated they recognise the importance of identifying and bringing to justice those who corrupt their integrity by committing abuse against women and girls.
  • They are committed to taking steps to rebuild trust and steps are being taken through expanding and creating new units to investigate officers.
  • For more on this story, please visit the BBC News website.