Lots in the news this week which has implications for the emotional health of children and young people, and which feeds into the debate about what PSHE should or could include and the potential significance of PSHE to the whole safeguarding agenda. I have picked three articles that have come out this week which build upon some of the points raised by the recent Ofsted report (see earlier posts). Links to the full documents are included.
Basically… porn is everywhere
Urgent action to develop children’s resilience to pornography is needed according to a report for the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, led by Middlesex University.
The research found that a significant number of children access pornography and that it influences their attitudes towards relationships and sex, is linked to risky behaviour such as having sex at a younger age and that there is a correlation between holding violent attitudes and accessing more violent media.
The report, launched on 24 May 2013 and titled ‘”Basically… porn is everywhere” – A Rapid Evidence Assessment on the Effects that Access and Exposure to Pornography has on Children and Young People,’ was led by Middlesex University. It found that:
• Children and young people’s exposure and access to pornography occurs both on and offline, but in recent years the most common method of access is via internet enabled technology
• Exposure and access to pornography increases with age
• Accidental exposure to pornography is more prevalent than deliberate access
• There are gender differences in exposure and access to pornography with boys more likely to be exposed to pornography than girls.
In addition, the report highlighted that there are many unanswered questions about the affect of exposure to pornography on children, which requires more research and urgent attention.
More info http://www.mdx.ac.uk/aboutus/news-events/news/child-protection.aspx
Full report BasicallyporniseverywhereReport
Deeds or Words?
May 23rd saw the publication by End Violence Against Women (EVAW) of their wide ranging ‘Deeds or Words’ report. In the wake of a string of disturbing abuse cases (including the child sexual exploitation trials in Rochdale and Oxford, Jimmy Savile, Stuart Hall, Stuart Hazell), the report concludes that, whilst there is good work in some areas of government, in other key areas the Government’s pledge is “virtually meaningless.” Expert contributors to the report, which has been sent to the Prime Minister, awarded the government just 2.5 out of 10 for work in this area.
A new YouGov opinion poll was published alongside the report which found that 86% of UK adults believe that sex and relationships education “which addresses sexual consent and respectful relationships” should be compulsory in secondary schools. Currently it is not.
The poll also found that measures such as training teachers to spot the signs of abuse, proactively tackling sexual bullying and harassment, and prohibiting pornography in schools, are also popular with survey respondents.
Fear, isolation and discrimination common in Europe’s LGBT community -The experiences of over 93,000 LGBT people from all across the European Union
The EU’s largest LGBT hate crime and discrimination survey ever conducted shows that many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people cannot be themselves in their daily lives. Many hide their identity and live in isolation or even fear.
Some of the difficulties many LGBT people face include:
Schooling: 2 out of 3 LGBT respondents were hiding or disguising being LGBT at school. At least 60% personally experienced negative comments or conduct at school because they were LGBT while over 80% in every EU Member State recall negative comments or bullying of LGBT youth at school. Therefore, Member States need to ensure LGBT students feel safe at school as this is where negative LGBT experiences, societal prejudices and exclusion often begin. This could include LGBT awareness campaigns for teachers and pupils and policies against homophobic bullying.
Full summary European LGBT survey
For in-school or centeralised training on how your school can address these issues click here http://www.servicesforeducation.co.uk/index.php/courses