08/01/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 08/01/19

News: Neglected children end up with ‘smaller brains’ – BBC Online
7 January 2020, James Gallagher. An early life full of neglect, deprivation and adversity leads to people growing up with smaller brains, a study suggests:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51010388

News: Floella Benjamin on Dame Honour: ‘Absolutely incredible.’ – BBC Online
28 December 2019.  The charity campaigner and former Play School presenter, who is also a Lib Dem peer, spoke to the BBC about her work and what the honour means to her:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-50934485/floella-benjamin-on-dame-honour-absolutely-incredible

News: Lidl to ditch cartoons on cereals – BBC Online
3 January 2020.  Lidl has said it will remove cartoon characters from its own-brand cereals to help parents buy healthy products.  It hopes that the rebranded packaging, to be introduced in the spring, will alleviate the pressure of children’s “pester power”:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-50985554

News: Levels of child criminal exploitation ‘almost back to Victorian times’ – Guardian Online
2 January 2020, Vikram Dodd.  Exclusive: police chief says problem is at a high for modern era amid lack of youth facilities:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jan/02/levels-child-criminal-exploitation-almost-back-to-victorian-times

Blog: Funding to help children learn musical instruments – Department for Education
3 January 2020.  This blog looks at the announcement of £80m investment for the music hubs programme, as well as university drop-out rates and apprenticeships:

https://dfemedia.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/03/funding-to-help-children-learn-musical-instruments/

News: Revealed: thousands of children in care placed in unregulated homes – Guardian Online
25 December 2019, Sarah Marsh & Amy Walker.  Lack of facilities to house vulnerable children in UK has led to rise in unsafe placements:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/dec/25/revealed-thousands-children-care-unregulated-homes

News: Vulnerable children moved miles from home – report – BBC Online
24 December 2019.  About 30,000 children in care live outside their local area, with nearly 12,000 placed 20 miles or more from friends and family, a report suggests:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-50899652#

Article: Nearly all U.S. kids eating added sugars before age two – Reuters Online
20 December 2019, Vishwadha Chander.  Nearly 85% of toddlers and infants in the United States eat foods containing added sugars and artificial sweeteners on any given day, researchers say:

Nearly all US kids eating added sugars before age two

 
News: Health Secretary Matt Hancock sparks fears Brits could be hit with ‘fat tax’ on milkshakes and sugary product – The Sun Online
19 December 2019, Matt Dathan. Mr Hancock refused point-blank to rule out extending the hated sugar tax to other products such as sugary milk drinks, speciality lattes and juice-based drinks:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10583882/matt-hancock-sugar-milkshake-tax/

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