YoungMinds and The Children’s Society have released findings from an online survey of children and young people aged 11-25 looking at their views and experiences of using social media and cyberbullying. The survey of 1, 089 children and young people young people found that: 14% of respondents said they had experienced online bullying in the last month; and 83% think that social media companies should do more to tackle cyberbullying on their platforms. Findings from the survey will feed in to a joint inquiry looking at the impact of cyberbullying on young people’s mental health, being led by MP Alex Chalk.

Source: Young Minds  Date: 05 September 2017

Further information: Inquiry into the impact of cyberbullying on social media on children and young peoples mental health: summary of findings (PDF)

Missing Children

The Children’s Society has published a report looking at ways for children’s services and the police to work together to share information about missing children to better inform risk assessment, and build local intelligence of places and adults that may pose a risk to children. Findings from Freedom of Information (FOI) responses from 104 English local authorities and 37 English police forces include: vulnerable children who run away are left at greater risk of abuse, harm and exploitation because important information about children is often not being shared between the police and local authorities; under two thirds (62) of local authorities that responded to the FOI do not share risk assessments with the local police for all looked-after children in their care.

Source: Children’s Society

Further information: Making connections: understanding how local agencies can better keep children safe (PDF)