The Children’s Commissioner for England has launched a campaign aimed at parents and carers to help them to encourage their children to enjoy the online world without being totally consumed by it. The campaign, Digital 5 A Day, is based on the NHS’s evidence-based five steps to mental well-being, and gives children and parents practical steps to achieve a balanced digital diet. The five elements of a good digital diet are: connect, be active, get creative, give to others, be mindful.
Source: Children’s Commissioner for England Date: 06 August 2017
Further information: Digital 5 A Day
Child arrests in England and Wales
The Howard League for Penal Reform has published the findings from freedom of information data from 43 police service areas in England and Wales and the British Transport Police. Findings show that: there were 87,525 child arrests in England and Wales in 2016, down from 245,763 in 2010; the number of children in prison fell by 58% between 2010 and 2016.
Source: Howard League for Penal Reform Date: 07 August 2017
Further information: Child arrests in England and Wales 2016: research briefing (PDF).
Sexual misconduct in schools
The Guardian reports that figures from a freedom of information request by the Press Association found that 754 children in 15 local authorities in England had been expelled or temporarily excluded from primary or secondary school as a result of sexual misconduct in the past four years.
Source: Guardian Date: 09 August 2017.