A selection of news stories around children

Child mental health appointment cancellations rising

Increasing numbers of children’s mental health appointments are being cancelled by the provider, with blame falling on staff shortages and increased demand for services. The cancelled appointments made up a total of 3.7% of all appointments, rising from 3.3% in the previous year.

More information on this can be found on the Guardian website.


Child refugees

Over 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees are believed to have entered the UK in the last decade, according to new research by legal charity Safe Passage.

This comes after the vote in the House of Commons to reject protections for child refugees in the redrafted EU withdrawal agreement bill.

It is believed that 12,248 unaccompanied children have entered the UK, though only 700 have used government schemes to protect the safety of such children and young people.

See more in the Guardian article, or visit the Safe Passage website.


Period stigma

A survey last year by girls’ rights charity Plan International found that more than half of girls aged 14-21 have missed school because they are embarrassed or worried about being on their period.  Negative comments, or teasing are also widely reported, but girls are starting to fight back, and reclaim their periods as something natural and nothing to be ashamed of.

See and article in the Guardian, and on the Plan International website.


Preventing cyberbullying

Telecoms company Verizon has produced a guide to cyberbullying, with information about what it is, how to recognise it, where to report it, and how to prevent it.

There is a handy quiz that can be used with groups to educate and spark conversations, as well as links to useful organisations.

Find out more on their website.