12/03/20 – Useful links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 12/03/20


Press Release: Supporting disadvantaged families through free early education and childcare entitlements – National Audit Office
13 March 2020. The take-up of free early education and childcare places and the quality of childcare providers is lower in the most deprived areas of England, according to the National Audit Office (NAO). This risks increasing the development gap between disadvantaged children and their peers, and could have a negative impact on social mobility:
https://www.nao.org.uk/work-in-progress/supporting-disadvantaged-families-through-free-early-education-and-childcare-entitlements/

News: Can saliva biomarkers predict obesity in children? – Health Europa
9 March 2020, Becky Brickwood.  Researchers have found a molecular marker in saliva that has been linked to childhood obesity in a group of preschool-aged Hispanic children:
Can saliva biomarkers predict obesity in children?

News: Health and Social Care Committee membership agreed – Parliament UK
2 March 2020.  The Health and Social Care Committee membership for the 2019 Parliament has been agreed by the House:
https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/81/health-and-social-care-committee/news/144999/health-and-social-care-committee-membership-agreed/

News: Free school dinners ‘led to fall in childhood obesity rates’ – Guardian Online
8 March 2020, Jamie Doward.  Study shows school meals better for pupils than packed lunches:
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/mar/08/free-school-dinners-reduce-child-obesity-study-reveals

News:  ‘My search for the boy in a child abuse video’ – BBC News Online
8 March 2020, Lucy Proctor.  “One day, just after I had dropped my son off at school, I was sent a horrific video on WhatsApp. It made me question how images and videos of child sex abuse come to be made, and how they can be openly circulated on social media. And I wanted one answer above all – what happened to the boy in the video?”:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-51680410

Report:  The NHS nursing workforce – National Audit Office
5 March 2020.  Nurses are critical to the delivery of health and social care services, working across hospitals, community services, care homes and primary care. In 2019, around 519,000 people in England were registered to practise as a nurse, while the NHS employed 320,000 nurses in hospital and community services, making up about a quarter of all NHS staff:
The NHS nursing workforce

News:  Calls about children witnessing domestic abuse ‘rise 25%’ – BBC News Online
6 March 2020, Josh Parry & Harriet Agerholm. Calls to the NSPCC about children witnessing the most serious forms of domestic abuse have jumped 25% in a year, the charity has warned:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51757753

Research and analysis: Child obesity: patterns and trends – Public Health England
26 February 2020.  Slide sets presenting the latest data on child obesity in England and the 9 English regions:
national slide set on child obesity and regional child obesity slide sets

News: UK risks ‘failing a generation’ over child health, says report – Yahoo News Online
4 March 2020.  The UK is in danger of failing a generation of children and young people when it comes to child health, a report has warned:
UK risks ‘failing a generation’ over child health, says report


News:  UK supermarkets ‘must do more’ to improve diets and tackle obesity – Talking Retail
4 March 2020, Liz Wells.  The UK’s top supermarkets urgently need to clarify their plans to improve the nation’s diets and embrace their responsibility in the fight to keep children healthy, according to the charity ShareAction:
UK supermarkets ‘must do more’ to improve diets and tackle obesity

Report:  UK Supermarket Spotlight A review of the10 largest UK food retailers’ disclosure on nutrition, diets and health – Access to Nutrition
8 March 2020.  ATNI’s first report looks at what UK food retailers are doing to address the country’s nutrition challenges. It follows the UK Product Profile, published in September 2019, which assessed the nutritional quality of more than 3,000 packaged products sold by the world’s major food and beverage manufacturers:
https://accesstonutrition.org/app/uploads/2020/03/ATNI-UK-Supermarket-Spotlight-report-FINAL.pdf

News: Britain in ‘danger of failing a generation’ as it lags on child health – report – ITV News Online
4 March 2020.  Britain is at risk of “lagging behind” other European countries when it comes to child health, leading doctors have warned:
Britain in ‘danger of failing a generation’ as it lags on child health – report

News: Bad local transport linked to failing schools – BBC News Online
4 March 2020, Sean Coughlan.  There is a striking overlap between places in England with slow public transport and places with struggling secondary schools, say researchers:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-51707148

News:  Low-fat dairy products are no better for children’s health than full-fat originals, new study suggests – Yahoo News Online
2 March 2020, Marie Claire Dorking.  Low-fat dairy products are no better for children’s health than their full-fat alternatives, a new study has suggested:
Low-fat dairy products are no better for children’s health than full-fat originals, new study suggests

Research & analysis: Child health profiles: summary of feedback exercise 2019 – Public Health England
3 March 2020.  Results of the latest child health profiles user survey and Public Health England response:
Child health profiles: summary of feedback exercise 2019

Official Statistics: Health Inequalities Dashboard: March 2020 data update – Public Health England
3 March 2020.  The Health Inequalities Dashboard presents data on health inequalities for England, English regions, clinical commissioning groups and local authorities:
Health Inequalities Dashboard: March 2020 data update

Official Statistics: 2020 child health profiles – Public Health England
3 March 2020.  Profiles providing an overview of child health and wellbeing for each local authority in England:
2020 child health profiles

Corporate Information:  Research at Ofsted
3 March 2020.  Ofsted carries out and commissions research relating to early years and education, further education and social care:
Research at Ofsted

Speech: Nigel Huddleston Youth Sport Trust Annual Conference speech – Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and Nigel Huddleston MP
2 March 2020.  Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston’s speech to the Youth Sport Trust Annual Conference:
Nigel Huddleston Youth Sport Trust Annual Conference speech

News: ‘Special schools should be open all year round’ – TES Online
28 February 2020, Emma Seith.  Opening special schools in the summer is ‘quite simply the right thing to do’, says Emma Seith:
‘Special schools should be open all year round’

Policy paper: Separation of Children in Young Offender Institutions action plan – Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service
21 January 2020.  The action plan in response to the joint inspection report of Separation of Children in YOIs by HM Inspectorate of Probation and HM Inspectorate of Prisons:
Separation of Children in Young Offender Institutions action plan

Website: start4life – NHS
March 2020.  NHS main site for Start4Life with comprehensive advice covering pregnancy, baby and toddler following recent relaunch including on weaning:
https://www.nhs.uk/start4life


News: Teachers call for action to save crisis-hit state nursery schools – Guardian Online
1 March 2020, Donna Ferguson.  Critics say years of neglect and indecision by the government have left a funding deficit:
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/mar/01/teachers-call-action-state-nursery-schools

News: Under-fives suffering lack of sleep from extended screen time, doctor says – The National (Scotland)
28 February 2020. Children’s health and development, with short sleep duration in the early years linked to obesity in later life and an effect on early brain development:
Under-fives suffering lack of sleep from extended screen time, doctor says

News: Children’s services are ‘broken’ – Willis Palmer
February 2020.  Children’s services are not at breaking point, they are broken, the Chief Executive of LGiU has said:
https://www.willispalmer.com/news/news/childrens-services-broken/

News: Progress made in children’s mental health but further improvements needed – Willis Palmer
February 2020.  Significant progress has been made to Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services, but a chasm remains between the current levels of NHS services and what children need, the children’s commissioner for England has warned:
https://www.willispalmer.com/news/news/progress-made-childrens-mental-health-improvements-needed/

Blog: Creating a culture of good behaviour – Department for Education
28 February 2020.  The department has made new announcements on the behaviour hubs programme. The programme will be backed by £10 million funding and will include an application process to recruit the first cohort of exemplary lead schools to provide support to other schools:
https://dfemedia.blog.gov.uk/2020/02/28/creating-a-culture-of-good-behaviour/

News: New supernanny-style teachers will be sent into schools to crack down on unruly kids – The Sun Online
28 February 2020, Kate Ferguson. New supernanny-style teachers will be sent into schools to crack down on unruly kids:
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11059845/supernanny-teachers-sent-schools-crack-down-unruly-kids/

News: Childcare costs: Parents of children under two pay 5% more – BBC News Online
26 February 2020.  A report has found parents in England, Scotland and Wales are paying 5% more on childcare for under-twos than a year ago – and 4% more for two-year-olds:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51638329

News: Fears for future of children’s homes as debts rise – BBC News Online
27 February 2020, Alison Holt.  Six out of the 10 largest providers of children’s homes and foster carers are running huge debts, suggests a report for councils in England:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-51633080

News: Lords debates improved support for children and families – Parliament UK
26 February 2020.  The House of Lords will debate improved early years interventions to support children and families on Thursday 27 February. Speakers include the president of the National Children’s Bureau and a member of the University Schools Trust:
Lords debates improved support for children and families
 

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