Third of children referred by schools denied mental health treatment
Cypnow – 14 May
An NSPCC Freedom of Information request to the NHS has revealed that one-third of children who are referred to specialist mental health services by their schools have been turned away by the NHS since 2014. In the four-year period, 56% of the referrals came from primary schools. According to Dr Max Davie, officer for health promotion for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, these statistics highlight the pressures that mental health services are currently under.
Council receives £19m government funding for youth projects
Cypnow – 8 May
It has been announced that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Life Chances Fund will be handing £19.3 million to Sheffield Council in order to support projects that help young people. The money will be used to provide support for a number of issues, including mental health and youth unemployment.
Rise in child poverty among working families, claims TUC
Cypnow – 7 May
Analysis by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) demonstrates a distinct rise in the number of children with working parents living in poverty. It has been estimated that 3.1 children with working parents will be living in poverty in 2018/19: a rise of one million in the last eight years. Falling incomes and benefit cuts are two contributing factors to this increase.
JY v RY: An Indictment of the Impact of Legal Aid Cuts
Family Law Week – 4 May
Coram Chambers barrister, Matthew Richardson, discusses the case of JY v RY  EWFC B16. Due to the cuts to funding for legal aid representation, a recent case involving allegations of physical assault (amongst others) against children and a mother by the father, appeared in court with the victim having no legal representation. The judge commented on the situation: ‘I am in little doubt that had one or both of these parents been represented, the fact finding process and probably the outcome would have been very different.’
1 in 4 young people have been contacted over social media by an adult they don’t know
NSPCC – 2 May
According to research carried out in partnership with O2, one in four children have been contacted via social media by an adult they don’t know; a third of these were under the age of 13. The survey involved 2,059 children and 2,049 parents, and has rated Facebook, YouTube and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas as high-risk sites for violence, bullying and adult content.