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:

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:

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”:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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