Rise in reports of children abusing other children  

  • The number of calls to the NSPCC helpline about harmful sexual behaviour between young people has increased by 29% over the last year.
  • The NSPCC received 2365 calls and staff made nearly 600 referrals to external agencies including the police and social services.    
  • The charity has said that relationship and sex education curriculum in schools needs to be properly resourced.  
  • You can read the full story on the BBC’s website. 

Universal credit deductions of up to 25% pushing people into poverty 

  • A report from the Lloyds Bank Foundation has found individuals and families have had their universal credit payments cut up to 25%.
  • The report has said that the system allowing these deductions was driving people further into debt and impacting the most vulnerable.    
  • Almost half of those receiving universal credit have had money automatically deducted.  
  • These deductions are made for a range of reasons including recovery of advance payments.
  • You can read the full story on the Guardian’s website.   

Cornwall Council data breach published children’s details 

  • Cornwall council has accidentally published the personal details of five school children in publicly accessible documents. 
  • They have apologised for the data breach. 
  • The error was made when publishing online documents for a meeting, and included details like names, addresses, mobile numbers and dates of birth. 
  • You can read the full story on the BBC’s website. 


Bedfordshire council published details of pupils online

  • Bedfordshire council has been accused ofincompetence after it published personal details of pupils with special educational needs.  
  • The details were included in a Freedom of Information request response and published on a public website.  
  • The council has apologised and referred itself to the Information Commissioner.
  • You can read the full story on the BBC’s website.