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Why the number of women dying from drug-related deaths is at a record high

In an article published by iNews, Katharine Sacks-Jones, Chief Executive of Agenda, and Ian Hamilton, lecturer in mental health at the University of York examine the latest ONS figures on drug-related deaths among women in 2017, calling for investment in women-specific services and a joined up approach to women’s substance misuse. 

New survey reveals risks children and young people face online

In a survey of nearly 40,000 children, the NSPCC asked children and young people aged 7 to 16 about the risks they face when using the internet. Findings include:

  • an average of 1 child per primary school class surveyed has been sent or shown a naked or semi-naked image online from an adult
  • 1 in 50 school children surveyed sent a nude or semi-nude image to an adult.

The NSPCC Wild West Web campaign calls on the government to regulate social networks and make the internet safer for children. 

Children living in households with complex needs

The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a report analysing the voices of children living in households with domestic abuse, parental substance misuse and parental mental health problems. The report presents findings from interviews with 15 children and young people aged 6 to 19 who were supported in three projects in London, Doncaster and Herefordshire.

First ever inter-professional guidance on adult safeguarding

UK’s first guidance has been launched on safeguarding to help nurses and other healthcare staff more effectively protect vulnerable adults. The document, published by a range of royal colleges and other professional organisations, sets out core competencies, skills and training that staff should have. Other forms of abuse it aims to counter are people trafficking and modern slavery, domestic abuse, and internet abuse, such as being as being the subject of non-consensual online pornography.

Sexual harassment of police staff a ‘serious problem’ – survey results show

Police staff working for forces in England and Wales are subject to high levels of sexual harassment, according to new research from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Unison, and the University of Surrey. The survey, based on a survey of 1,776 police staff in England, Wales and Scotland, found 4% of police staff reported being pressurised into having sex with colleagues, or being told that sexual favours could result in preferential treatment (8%).

Two-thirds of women worry about sexual harassment at festivals – survey

The Guardian reported on a new Durham University study, which reveals 30% of women say they have been sexually harassed and 10% sexually assaulted at music festivals. Concerns have been raised about the safety of women at music festivals after a survey found that almost seven out of 10 worry about prospect of sexual assault and sexual harassment at events in the UK. A further 30% of women said they had been sexually harassed and 10% had been sexually assaulted, the study by Durham University showed.

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