Young People

 Young People

Schools 'jeopardise young carers' futures'

Schools are putting young carers' futures at risk by providing too little support, a report by Family Action has warned. According to the report, Be Bothered! Making School Count for Young Carers, the "closed culture" in educational institutions has become a barrier to supporting young carers, who are sometimes punished by teachers that misunderstand their caring roles. The charity said schools need to take a more proactive role in identifying and helping young carers, whose attendance, behaviour and concentration in the classroom are often affected by their caring duties. Rhian Beynon, head of policy and campaigns at Family Action, said schools need to step up support for children. "The report is called Be Bothered! because we think a lot of teachers and schools aren't bothered about what's happening outside the school gates," she said. "That's not the way we're going to successfully tackle the problems with attendance and exclusion." Read more at C&YPNow:
http://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/1074566/schools-jeopardise-carers-futures  

No place for bullying

Ofsted reports that nearly half of all pupils have suffered some form of bullying at school. A study of 1,350 pupils showed 58 per cent of those in primary schools and 41 per cent in secondaries said they had been "picked on" or bullied. The most common forms of bullying related to aspects of the victims' physical appearance, including hair colour, weight and the wearing of glasses. A handful of pupils said they had been bullied because of their sexuality. A greater number said it was because they were seen as "different" or perceived as "weird". The report says that pupils often dismiss offensive language - such as the word "gay" to mean "rubbish" as "banter" despite the fact its usage could be prohibited in school rules. The report calls for better training for teachers in tackling bullying. Visit the website to download the report:
http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/no-place-for-bullying

Saving children's Relationship with the Outdoors

This report from the National Trust shows evidence of a long-term and dramatic decline in children's relationship with the outdoors is ‘overwhelming' and urgent action is needed to bridge this growing gap before it's too late, according our new report published today. In his Natural Childhood report naturalist, author and TV producer Stephen Moss charts years of academic research and a steady stream of surveys on the subject, highlighting how a generation of children is finally losing touch with the natural world. Fewer than ten per cent of children play in wild places; down from 50% a generation ago The report outlines a clear need to tackle the rise of ‘Nature Deficit Disorder', a term coined by the US based writer Richard Louv, to describe a growing dislocation between children and nature. Read more and view a slideshow at:
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/what-we-do/news/view-page/item788564/

Positive for Youth

The Government's youth policy statement, Positive for Youth: A new approach to cross-government policy for young people aged 13 to 19, has been published.
It brings together all of the Government's policies for young people aged 13 to 19, covering a wide range of issues - from education and youth services, to health, crime, housing and more. Nine government departments have been involved in developing it - including the Department for Education, the Department of Health, the Home Office and the Department for Communities and Local Government. Young people and youth professionals have also been involved directly in developing the statement through extensive collaboration and consultation. You can find more information about the process on the Department of Education website where you can download an Executive summary, the full report or view YouTube:
http://www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/youngpeople/Positive%20for%20Youth/b00200933/positive-for-youth-the-statement

Oversight of special education for young people aged 16 - 25

National Audit Office
The report shows that course outcomes for young people aged 16-25 receiving special educational support are improving at similar or better rates than those for all students within this age group. However, parents, students and local authorities do not always have the information they need to choose the school or college that best meets the young person's needs given the available funding. Assessments of young people's needs vary in quality, and local authorities do not always consider the full costs to the public purse of different placement options. The NAO has called on the DfE to address current limitations in information, and better understand the relationships between needs, costs and outcomes so that it can secure value for money from its expenditure in this area.
http://www.nao.org.uk/publications/1012/special_education_for_young_pe.aspx

Supporting independence? Evaluation of the teenage parent supported housing pilot - Final report

(From children England)
The Department for Education has published an evaluation of the teenage parent supported housing pilots in seven local authorities that provided ‘enhanced support packages' for teenage parents, with a particular emphasis on those aged 16 and 17 and those not living with parents/carers from early 2009 to March 2011. Key points from the evaluation include:
• The majority of young people surveyed (72%) found the pilot made a significant difference to their lives.
• The proportion living independently increased from 41% to 67%.
• The pilots highlighted effective approaches, and significant barriers to working with young people that should be used to inform future policy and service development.
To read the full report please go to:
https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/RSG/AllPublications/Page1/DFE-RB158  

Young Carers

The Department for Education has published an evaluation of the Family and Young Carer Pathfinders Programme that aimed to turn around the lives of families with multiple problems. Key findings from the report include:
56% of families supported by the Family Pathfinders and 31% of families supported by the Young carers Pathfinders showed significant improvement in outcomes. For every £1 spent the pathfinders generated a saving of £1.90 to the local authority.
The 3 key features of effective delivery were:
1. A persistent and assertive key worker
2. A robust framework of support
3. An intensive and flexible family focused response.
To read the full evaluation please click here:
https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/RSG/AllPublications/Page1/DFE-RB154 

Transition Services

A report, Improving Services for Young People - an economic perspective, reveals that if a more coordinated approach to services for vulnerable young people were adopted the cost benefits to the state, and improved outcomes for young people, would be to the value of £3.2 billion.  Catch22 commissioned the report through nef (the new economics foundation), as part of its Ready or Not campaign. The campaign revealed that at the ages of 16,17 and 18 many services for young people without families, able or willing to support them, fall away. Read more at Catch22:
http://www.catch-22.org.uk/News/Detail/Billions-could-be-saved-if-services-for-vulnerable-young-people-were-overhauled

Teenage Pregnancy

Researchers from the University of Bristol have published research, Is teenage motherhood contagious? Evidence from a natural experiment, that shows that teenage pregnancy is contagious among siblings. If an older sister becomes pregnant as a teenager, the chances of the family having another teenage pregnancy rise from one in five to two in five. The influence is greater the closer the sisters are in age to each other. Although further education lowers the chances of teenage pregnancy, this effect if much smaller than the influence of siblings. Download the report from:
http://www.bris.ac.uk/cmpo/publications/papers/2011/wp262.pdf 

Voice of the North: Reflections on the Northern Youth Experience

JUST West Yorkshire has been working together with One North West in Manchester to bring together key partners working for and with young people in the North of England. The majority of the young people are from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. We have documented the findings and there is a link to the report below. At a time when young people are being ascribed negative and damaging labels following the youth disturbances across the country, it is imperative we take stock of what young people are telling us and respond to meet their needs. Young people participating in the project told us the following:
• They experience discrimination as a result of their ethnicity and age
• There is a lack of choice available for young people
• Their aspirations are being constrained leading to hopelessness
• The Government is not listening to the voices of young BME people in the North
We urge the Government to open up opportunities for young people and create safe spaces in which they can work with the Government to explore key issues which impact on them. If young people are going to believe that they have a stalk in society, the Report highlights they the challenge for Government is to explore the following:
• How can it build aspirations for young people? How will it include Northern BME young peoples voices in decision-making?
• How will address discrimination and disadvantage faced by young people?
Please feel free to share the report and we would welcome your feedback at admin@justwestyorkshire.co.uk Download the report from:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/62479703/Voice-of-the-North-Final-Report-2 

 

How happy are young people and why does it matter?

Relate has published a report looking at the happiness levels of young people. Findings based on an average class of 30 children turning 16 include: 8 will have experienced physical or sexual abuse, or neglect; 3 will be living in a step family; and 7 will have reported being bullied. The report calls for a statutory requirement on primary and secondary schools in England to provide counselling services. To view the report visit the website at:
http://www.relate.org.uk/userfiles/documents/Classof2011yearbookRelatereport.pdf

Major survey shows family and friends are key influences on teenage drinking

A major survey of early teen drinking patterns in England) finds that drinking escalates to a worrying extent during these years. The research, conducted by Ipsos MORI for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, also finds that family and friends have a strong influence on teenagers' drinking patterns, and are stronger influences than some other factors - such as individual well-being, celebrity figures and the media
http://www.jrf.org.uk/media-centre/major-survey-shows-family-and-friends-are-key-influences-teenage-drinking

Runaway Children

The Children's Society has launched a new report and campaign called Make Runaways Safe. This has four main recommendations:
• Raising awareness. Every professional working with children must be aware of the risk factors associated with running away. Children and their parents and carers also need to know how to access timely advice, guidance and support.
• Improving support. Universal services have a vital role to play as they can respond when a child starts running away, but there also needs to be specialist provision in place and clear pathways to that provision.
• Improving statutory responses and ensuring clear systems of accountability and performance management. When children run away it must be recognised as an early indication that a child is at risk. This should be seen explicitly as a child protection issue by all Local Safeguarding Children Boards with protocols and procedures in place backed up by clear systems of accountability and performance management.
• Improving police responses. Every police force needs to prioritise the importance of responding effectively to a child who runs away by conducting regular assessments in their area to determine the nature and scale of the problem, and by making sure that there are effective links with other agencies.
• Visit the website to download the report:
http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/sites/default/files/tcs/make_runaways_safe_report.pdf