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New trends in child sexual offending, and the growing availability of high-speed internet is likely to increase the threat to children, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) has warned.

In its latest annual review, Ceop, which receives £6.45m in funding, said it had safeguarded a record number of children – protecting 790 young people. This was an increase of 85 per cent on the previous year.

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Online pornography is accessible, affordable and anonymous; and research has linked it to behaviours that can impact on physical and mental health - especially in young people.

Pornography is nothing new; the ancient Greeks and Romans had phallic imagery, Indians adorned their temples with sexually explicit sculptures, and the Japanese saw sexual material as the norm in the 17th century.

 

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More children grow up poor here than in many other rich, developed nations, which has a profound impact on our society.

The Child Poverty Act of 2010 holds the government accountable for reducing child poverty. On Wednesday, new figures from the Institute for Fiscal Studies show that not only are they failing to do so, the numbers of children living in poverty will actually rise, from 2.4 million to 3.4 million by 2020 – the date that was set for the elimination of child poverty in the UK.

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"I tend to think I am in a film - it's like The Truman Show. I'm the star of the film, off on my own planet.

"It's quite pleasurable for me, but a bit strange for other people."

Michael, 29, from Cheshire, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after experiencing these feelings during his "most severe high" while travelling after university.

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UNICEF's latest report shows there is no room for complacency when it comes to the well-being of the UK's children and young people, says Jonathan Bradshaw.

When UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre published Report Card 7 in 2007 showing that at the beginning of the century (2001/02) the UK was at the bottom of the international league table of child well-being, UNICEF UK called a conference at Ditchley Park to discuss the findings. This resulted in the Ditchley Declaration, which was supported by all the political parties. The Department of Children, Families and Schools published a Children’s Plan, more resources were found for child care, schools, child health and the child poverty strategy and there was all party support for the Child Poverty Act in 2010.

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