OnlyFans planned porn ban suspended after user outcry
OnlyFans has “suspended” the plan to ban sexually explicit content following an outcry from its creators and advocates for sex workers.
The platform, best known for its creators’ adult videos and photos, announced earlier in the week that it would prohibit sexually explicit content starting on the 1st of October.
It’s not clear whether yesterday’s announcement permanently reverses the planned ban, but OnlyFans tweeted that it had secured assurances to support and provide a home for their diverse creator community.
Department of Education releases new guidance on teacher misconduct
The Department of Education has published a consultation on proposed changes to its guidance on teacher misconduct and the prohibition of teachers.
Amongst the changes, six new offence types were added that result in teachers being banned from the professions.
These include harassment and/or stalking, child cruelty and/or neglect, voyeurism (including upkskirting), image-based sexual abuse, sexual communication with a child, and controlling or coercive behaviour.
These were already considered “relevant offences”, but the new guidance includes more specific references to certain types.
Other changes include clarifying behaviours of unacceptable conduct, updating list of incompatible behaviours, and the creation of two offence lists.
NICCY report reveals pandemic had severe impact on young people
A report from the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) reveals that more than half (52%) of 16-year-olds felt their mental and emotional health had worsened during the pandemic.
The report considered education, mental and physical health, and wellbeing It involved 4,385 young people through surveys and focus groups.
While NICCY acknowledged that the restrictive measures taken in the pandemic were necessary to protect people, the report also revealed that many existing inequalities have widened.
This follows findings from a report by the National Children’s Bureau which reported that families of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) felt forgotten in the COVID response.