23/01/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 23/01/20

News:  Watchdog cracks down on tech firms that fail to protect children – Guardian Online
22 January 2020, Alex Hern.  Sites must assess content for sexual abuse and suicide risk or face fines of up to £17m:

Internet safety / Watchdog cracks down on tech firms that fail to protect children

News: Kate launches childhood survey to help under-fives – BBC Online
22 January 2020.  The Duchess of Cambridge has launched a UK-wide survey to help improve early childhood.  The five-question online survey aims to “spark a national conversation” to help create “lasting change for generations to come”, Kensington Palace said:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51192909

Statistical data set: Children’s social care data for the Ofsted Annual Report 2018 to 2019 – Ofsted
21 January 2020.  Social care data to accompany the Ofsted Annual Report 2018 to 2019:

Children’s social care data for the Ofsted Annual Report 2018 to 2019

 
News: Walking to school is not enough to prevent obesity – Yahoo News
20 January 2020, Rob Noonan.  One of the UK government’s goals in the Childhood Obesity Plan is to increase the number of children who walk to school. Walking is certainly healthy, but is it enough to combat childhood obesity?:

Walking to school is not enough to prevent obesity

Article: Schools ‘converting toilet blocks into isolation booths’ – Guardian Online
17 January 2019, Sally Weale.  Children’s commissioner describes ‘horror stories’ of children put in isolation:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/jan/17/schools-converting-toilet-blocks-into-isolation-booths

 
News: Video games ‘setting kids up for addiction’ with loot boxes – mental health boss – Yahoo News
18 January 2020, Jemma Crew.  Gaming companies risk “setting kids up for addiction” by including gambling tasks in their video games, the director of mental health for the NHS said:

Video games ‘setting kids up for addiction’ with loot boxes – mental health boss

News: Social media data needed for ‘harm’ research, say doctors – BBC News Online
17 January 2020.  Leading UK psychiatrists say they will never understand the risks and benefits of social media use on children’s mental health unless companies hand over their data to researchers:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51134545

 
News: Manchester sex abuse: Exploited children ‘were not protected’ – BBC News Online
14 January 2020.  Police and social workers investigating child sex exploitation in Manchester knew children were suffering “the most profound abuse… but did not protect them”, a report has found:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-51093159#

Article: Soft drink sugar drops by 29% in the UK – Beverage Daily
13 January 2020, Rachel Arthur.  An Oxford University study has found the total amount of sugar sold in soft drinks in the UK dropped by 29% between 2015-2018. “Sustained pressure on business, including fiscal measures, has led to a striking reduction,” say the researchers:

Soft drink sugar drops by 29% in the UK

News: School hunger: Free breakfast pilot for secondary pupils – BBC News Online
8 January 2020, Bethan Lewis.  The Welsh Government said a £450,000 pilot scheme starting in September would provide an extra allowance for Year 7 children receiving free school meals:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-51035548

 
News: Putting pupils in isolation ‘drives poor behaviour’ – BBC News Online
Putting challenging pupils in isolation for extended periods at school can harm their mental health, the Centre for Mental Health (CMH) is warning:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-51034121

Comment: US food companies need to do more on obesity – Just Food.com
10 January 2020, Victor Martino.  If the US does not collectively adopt healthier eating habits, over half the nation will be obese in ten years:

US food companies need to do more on obesity

News: Dame Sally calls time on childhood obesity – Open Access Government
10 January 2020.  Dame Sally calls time on childhood obesity, writes Tam Fry FRSA, Chairman of the National Obesity Forum:
Dame Sally calls time on childhood obesity

News:  Play is a fundamental human right – Michael Rosen – ITV News Online
10 January 2020.  The children’s author and poet said that play should not be seen as an “add on”, or an “extra” as he urged adults and children to “get out there and play”:

Play is a fundamental human right – Michael Rosen

One in four young people with mental health referral ‘rejected’ – Guardian Online
10 January 2020, Sally Weale.  Data shows NHS rejection rates have remained unchanged despite additional investments:

Mental health / One in four children with referral ‘not accepted for treatment’

News: Proposals to ban energy drinks ‘unscientific’, report claims – Food & Drink International
9 January 2020, Dominic Cuthbert.  Plans to ban the sale of energy drinks to teenagers have been lambasted as “unscientific” and “discriminatory” by a new report from the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA):

Proposals to ban energy drinks ‘unscientific’, report claims

News: Effective mentoring and a well-paced curriculum are key to high quality initial teacher education – Ofsted
10 January 2020.  Research into initial teacher education (ITE) curriculum reveals effective mentoring and prioritising the needs of a trainee are two key indicators of quality:

Effective mentoring and a well-paced curriculum are key to high quality initial teacher education

 
News: ‘Treatment gap’ in youth mental health services – BBC News Online
10 January 2020, Sean Coughlan.  More than a quarter of young people referred to specialist mental health services in England are rejected for treatment, says a think tank study:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-51049726

Lords Debate – Queen’s Speech: Baroness Benjamin – Hansard
9 January 2020.  Baroness Floella Benjamin pleads for action to protect children from online pornography and calls for a Cabinet Minister for Children’s Health and Wellbeing:

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Lords0/2020-01-09/debates/8D354643

News: Over 200,000 children are trapped in ‘dumping ground’ schools, report warns – The Sun Online
8 January 2020, Kate Ferguson.  The watchdog said 415 “stuck” schools in England are in “a cycle of poor performance” and have not made the rating for 13 years or more:
The Sun

News: Childhood deprivation affects brain size and behaviour – Yahoo News
7 January 2020, Nuria Mackes.  The human brain goes through dramatic developmental changes in the first years of life. During this period it is particularly sensitive to environmental influences. This sensitivity helps babies learn and develop, but it also leaves them vulnerable to negative experiences, such as maltreatment, which can have a lasting physical and psychological impact:
Childhood deprivation affects brain size and behaviour

News: 5 ways to get more men into EYFS – TES Online
7 January 2020, Jeremy Davies.  Only 3 per cent of the UK’s early years workforce is male – a figure that has hardly improved for the past 20 years. Blame for this is often laid at men’s door:

5 ways to get more men into EYFS

Public Bills: Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill [HL] 2019-20 – Parliament UK
8 January 2020.  Lord Bird introduces the Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill as a Private Members Bill in the House of Lords:

https://services.parliament.uk/bills/2019-20/wellbeingoffuturegenerationsbill.html

 

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