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February 14, 2024

Home Office to pay influencers to post on TikTok urging migrants not to cross Channel

  • Influencers on TikTok will be paid by the British government to urge migrants not to cross the Channel in small boats.
  • Mass advertising campaigns will take place in Albania, Iraq, Egypt and Vietnam, with further plans to introduce them in Turkey and India.
  • A Home Office spokesperson reported that they will use every means necessary to save lives.
  • For more, please visit the Sky News website.

Brianna Ghey’s mother warns tech bosses more children will die without action

  • The mother of murdered Brianna Ghey has warned that a generation of anxious young people will grow up lacking resilience as a result of the internet.
  • She believes her daughter was vulnerable after spending time online, lacking contact with her real-life friends.
  • Ms Ghey said the creators of smartphone apps and social media sites have a duty to protect the mental health of young users.
  • For more, please visit The Guardian website.

Police investigate death of teenager targeted by online blackmail

  • Police are investigating a death of a teenager who took his own life after being targeted by an online blackmailer.
  • The predator threatened to expose intimate details about him to everyone in his contact list.
  • A few hours, later he was found dead in his family home.
  • For more, please visit The Times website.

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Report warns statistics could lead to falsely assuming child sex abuse decline

  • The Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse (CSA Centre) has warned against false assumptions that child sexual abuse is decreasing.
  • It has also voiced concerns that not naming sexual abuse, reduces the likelihood that a child will receive the appropriate targeted response to meet their needs.
  • They reported that sexual abuse made up the lowest proportion of new child protection plans since records began, despite research showing children are as likely to experience sexual abuse as other forms.
  • For more, please visit the Shropshire Star website.

More than 70,000 children in England have a parent struggling with alcohol misuse

  • The NSPCC have reported that last year, their Helpline received an average of six contacts a day from adults with concerns about a child linked to parental substance misuse.
  • 71,580 children last year were identified through Child in Need assessments as having a parent in this position.
  • Childline delivered 338 counselling sessions to children with concerns on the issue.
  • For more, please visit the NSPCC website.