28/04/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 28/04/20

News:  Coronavirus: Government pledges £3.1m for children abused in lockdown – BBC News Online

28 April 2020.  The government is to spend £3.1 million on services supporting children who witness “appalling abuse” at home during the coronavirus lockdown.  The funding will be given to councils, charities, and police and crime commissioners in England and Wales:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52453372

Blog:  New national helpline for parents launched – Department for Education

24 April 2020. STAR Academies Trust has launched a new national helpline for parents called StarLine. The service will be a free telephone helpline offering parents and carers personalised advice and support from a team of qualified teachers, education and parenting experts:

New national helpline for parents launched

News: Coronavirus: Lockdown’s heavy toll on Italy’s mental health – BBC News Online

24 April 2020. Italy’s coronavirus death toll is the second highest in the world, and its lockdown is the strictest and longest in Europe. Doctors say both things are creating a mental health emergency:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-europe-52400085/coronavirus-lockdown-s-heavy-toll-on-italy-s-mental-health#

Written Answers: Department for Education: Children: Day Care (21 Apr 2020) – They Work For You

21 April 2020. Alan Brown Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change). To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what financial support the Government will provide to the childcare sector during the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement:

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2020-03-23.33633.h&s=speaker%3A25268#g33633.q0

News:  Schools give emergency food to families with nothing to eat – BBC News Online

21 April 2020, Judith Burns.  Some deprived families are running out of food because of delays in receiving free school meal vouchers under the government’s scheme in England, say school leaders:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-52325332

Blog:  Free School Meals & Covid-19 FAQ – Department for Education

17 April 2020. Answers to frequently asked questions about the impact of coronavirus on pupils eligible free school meals:

Free School Meals & Covid-19 FAQ

News: Lockdown: Little research on how children will cope – TES Online

17 April 2020.  Psychologist says children are resilient and should mostly be fine in the short term, but impact of a longer lockdown is less certain:

Lockdown: Little research on how children will cope

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