young people

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Care leavers and disadvantaged pupils to benefit from £126 million investment in new laptops and tablets

Care leavers, children with a social worker and children arriving from Afghanistan will receive devices to enable them to access education and support

From: Department for Education and The Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP

Published 22 October 2021

Up to half a million more disadvantaged children and young people in England will receive new devices to support their education and help...

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Public Health Devon advice to parents of school-age pupils 

With children and young people back in the classroom, and more mixing now possible with a change to the guidance around things like bubbles, we're seeing a rise in coronavirus cases among the school-age population, and it's likely that this will continue.

In almost all of the cases the young person has shown no sign of having the virus, or only very mild symptoms.

It's important that...

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COVID-19 vaccination programme for children and young people starts in schools

This week parents and guardians of young people aged 12 to 15 years old are being contacted to ask for their consent for the COVID-19 vaccination ahead of the jabs beginning to be administered in schools next week.

Alternative arrangements will be made to ensure those not in school are offered the vaccine, including those who are home schooled or in secure services.

The UK’s Chief...

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12 to 15 year olds to be offered the vaccination

Young people, aged 12 to 15, are to be offered the vaccine , it was announced this week.

The NHS is preparing to deliver a schools-based vaccination programme, supported by GPs and community pharmacies, it is reported.

Parental, guardian or carer consent will be sought by vaccination healthcare staff prior to vaccination.

Healthy school-age children aged 12 to 15 will...

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Fostered children lend their voice to new recruitment campaign

Devon County Council has produced three animations using the real voices of young people who now live in foster care.

It's the first time real voices of fostered teens have been used to help promote their fostering service.

The council hopes it will prompt people who have thought about becoming foster parents to come forward to help fill a shortfall, and encourage others to...

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Targeted support for vulnerable young people in serious violence hotspots

Young people at risk of exploitation to be supported through 'taskforces' in 21 new areas

From: Department for Education and Vicky Ford MP

Vulnerable young people at risk of being drawn into crime or gangs will benefit from a funding boost to help them stay engaged with their education and out of harm.

Following commitments laid out in the Government’s Beating Crime...

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Rise in Pandemic-Related Eating Disorders In Young People


New research from Bupa UK shows how the pandemic has raised awareness of eating disorders in younger generations. Teenagers have turned to harmful coping mechanisms to manage their mental health during the pandemic, including controlling or restricting their food intake.

- 46% of...

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Charity offers new support to victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation

Children and young people subjected to sexual abuse and exploitation in Devon are being offered new support through a pilot programme launched by a leading children’s charity.

The Children’s Society’s new Support Rethought programme, funded by the Home Office’s Child Sexual Abuse Support Services Transformation Fund, is offering one-to-one support to 8-18-year-olds in the areas...

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Better mental health and wellbeing support for young people

Experts agree long term commitment to prioritising mental health and wellbeing support in education within recovery plans

From: Department for Education , Vicky Ford MP , and Michelle Donelan MP

Published14 July 2021

A coalition of health and education experts have committed to making mental health and wellbeing a central part of education recovery plans in...

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Higher GCSE grades linked to lifetime earnings boost

New research shows the link between GCSE attainment and earnings over a person's lifetime.

From: Department for Education and The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP

Those who perform just one GCSE grade better than their counterparts across nine subjects have been shown to earn on average over £200,000 more throughout their lives.

For the first time ever, statisticians...