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Prisoners are at risk of being freed without having finished treatment programmes aimed at cutting reoffending, a report has warned. HM Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland (HMIPS) found there are lengthy waiting lists for many key programmes, with one consequence being that inmates are not able to progress “appropriately” through…
An emoji-powered jukebox has been created to help young people talk about how they're feeling. SeeMe is launching the initiative after new research revealed only around a quarter (26%) of young people aged 12-26 would tell someone if they were struggling to cope, compared to 67% who would tell someone…
The way social media impacts young people's mental health needs to be better understood, according to new research by the Centre for Mental Health. The charity has published a briefing paper which says there is evidence to show both positive and negative effects on mental health by using social media,…
There has been a spike in the number of young people seeking counselling about child-on-child sexual abuse, Childline has said. The children's charity said it held 3,878 counselling sessions with young people concerned about sexual abuse among peers last year, an increase of 29% on the previous year. The true…
CELCIS (the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland) has published a new briefing going behind the common headlines that indicate only a small proportion of care experienced young people in Scotland go to university, compared to their peers. The publication of this briefing coincides with students either…
Children are increasingly being prosecuted for selling cannabis and should be treated like victims of exploitation and not criminals, a report has argued. Research released on Wednesday found prosecutions of young people for supplying cannabis increased 26% between 2012/13 and 2016/17. This is despite a 16% drop for adults, according…
The proportion of children and young people who report having a mental health condition has risen six-fold in around two decades, a new study has found. In 1995, just 0.8% of four to 24-year-olds in England said they had a long-standing mental health condition, according to the research published in…
Arrests of children in England and Wales have fallen by more than two-thirds since the start of the decade, according to new figures. The number reduced from nearly a quarter of a million in 2010 to just under 80,000 last year, research by the Howard League for Penal Reform found.…
New guidance has been issued to universities dedicated to the prevention of student suicide. It was launched in Sheffield at the Universities UK (UUK) annual conference where it was also announced that new guidance is being worked on for the disclosure of confidential data. At least 95 university students took…
Teenagers as young as 13 are resigned to being stabbed or ending up behind bars for violence, a charity boss has said. Workers who speak to young people in hospital after they have been attacked have to persuade them that it is not normal to suffer knife wounds or have…
Two thirds of girls and women aged 14 to 21 have been sexually harassed in public, according to a survey. The poll by charity Plan International UK examined the exposure of young females to conduct including catcalling, groping and upskirting. More than 1,000 girls and women were asked about their…
Teenagers who drink a lot of alcohol dramatically increase their risk of deadly prostate cancer later in life, research suggests. A study found that 15 to 19-year-olds who consumed at least seven drinks per week tripled their chances of being diagnosed with "high grade" aggressive prostate cancer. Lead scientist Dr…
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