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Daily Safeguarding Update
Teens addicted to TikTok experience increased depression and anxiety
A study among TikTok users found that those who showed addictive tendencies towards the platform had a reduced working memory capacity, alongside increased depression and anxiety.
The study has shown that problematic use of smartphones can weaken a user’s working memory.
For example, users who scored high for TikTok use disorder performed worse when recalling number sequences.
To read more on this, visit the PsyPost website under the section ‘Mental Health’.
Teacher wellbeing ‘on a knife edge’ after stress of the pandemic
The Evening Standard reports that lost confidence and unmanageable workloads are impacts the pandemic has had on the wellbeing of teachers.
In the UK, 67 per cent of teachers said their workload was not manageable, compared to 36 per cent across the rest of the world.
Following on from this, 38 per cent of school staff in the UK feel confident in their roles, compared to 79 per cent last year.
To learn more, visit the Evening Standard’s website, under ‘Education’.
Child dies after neck got trapped in stair gates
A four-year-old boy, named Draco Chapman, tragically died after his neck became trapped between two stair gates that had been positioned one above the other, an inquest has heard.
A serious case review conducted by Norfolk Children Safeguarding Partnership has recommended that all stair gates should come with a mandatory warning for them not to be fitted one on top of the other.
The serious case review referred to videos on YouTube about using double stair gates.
To read the full story, visit the BBC News website.
Bradford’s children services to be placed into independent Trust
Bradford’s children’s social care is to be lifted into a Trust following recommendations made by the Children’s Services Commissioner in Bradford.
The trust will have a new independent chair and Board of Directors, but will still be owned by Bradford Council, who have voluntarily agreed to the move.
This model has been used in other areas, one example being Sunderland, where services went from inadequate to outstanding in three years.
To learn more, visit the Government website under ‘Support for children and young people.’