28/08/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 28/08/20

News:  ‘The guilt, the pressure and the relentlessness’: Struggles to access childcare wreaking havoc on parent’s mental health and work life – Independent Online

26 August 2020, Maya Oppenheim.  ‘I had to ask my work to leave me on furlough as I wasn’t able to work my required hours with our pre-school only opening part-time. I have since been made redundant,’ says mother-of-two:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/coronavirus-childcare-parents-lockdown-schools-a9688116.html

News:  ‘Fear of failure’ giving UK children lowest happiness levels in Europe – Guardian Online

28 August 2020, Alexandra Topping.  More than a third of UK 15-year-olds scored low in the annual Good Childhood Report:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/aug/28/fear-of-failure-giving-uk-children-lowest-happiness-levels-in-europe

News: Reversing childhood obesity to 1980s level could save the NHS £66bn – Yahoo News

27 August 2020, Alexandra Thompson.  Reducing childhood obesity to 1980s level could save the NHS £66bn ($87bn) over that generation’s lifetime, according to a report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) think tank:

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/obesity-children-weight-nhs-bmi-230127714.html

News:  Attainment gap between poor pupils and their peers in England is widening – Guardian Online

26 August 2020, Sally Weale.  Study suggests gap in primary school is increasing due to rising levels of persistent poverty:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/aug/26/attainment-gap-between-poor-pupils-and-their-peers-widening

Article: Boris Johnson warned his ‘levelling up’ agenda at risk as drive to close gap between rich and poor pupils stalls – Politics Home

26 August 2020.  Boris Johnson’s vow to “level up” Britain is at risk because progress on closing the country’s educational attainment gap has stalled, a new report has warned: 

https://www.politicshome.com/news/article/boris-johnson-told-his-levelling-up-agenda-at-risk-as-bid-to-close-gap-between-rich-and-poor-pupils-stalls

News:  Physical abuse of older children soared in lockdown, says NSPCC – Guardian Online

25 August 2020, Jamie Grierson.  Adolescents four times more likely to be targeted than under-11s, as cases in England rise 53%:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/aug/25/physical-abuse-older-children-soared-lockdown-says-nspcc

News: UK anti-obesity fight ‘at risk’ after Matt Hancock closes health body – MSN News

23 August 2020, Toby Helm and Donna Ferguson.  Health secretary Matt Hancock was under mounting pressure last night to say who will take responsibility for the national fight against obesity after his controversial decision to close down Public Health England caused dismay among experts:

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/uk-anti-obesity-fight-at-risk-after-matt-hancock-closes-health-body/ar-BB18gtGk

Article: Matt Hancock says Dido Harding has ‘huge’ experience amid row over major public health shake-up – Politics Home

19 August 2020, Matt Honeycombe- Foster. Matt Hancock has defended his decision to put Conservative peer Dido Harding in charge of a new body that will replace Public Health England:

https://www.politicshome.com/news/article/matt-hancock-says-dido-harding-has-huge-experience-amid-row-over-major-public-health-shakeup

Speech: The future of public health – Department of Health and Social Care and The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP

18 August 2020.  Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock spoke at Policy Exchange about the future of public health:

The future of public health

Press release: Government creates new National Institute for Health Protection – Department of Health and Social Care and The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP

18 August 2020.  A brand new organisation whose primary focus is public health protection and infectious disease capability is being established by the government:

Government creates new National Institute for Health Protection

Department for Education Written Question: Answered on 13th August 2020 – They Work For You

13 August 2020.  Lord Beecham, Labour to Baroness Berridge:  To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the availability of childcare provision; and what steps they propose to take to mitigate that impact on service providers and those dependent on such provision:

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2020-07-27.HL7320.h&s=children

Public Health England to be scrapped after criticism of how it handled coronavirus crisis – Politics Home – Article

16 August 2020, Eleanor Langford.  The Sunday Telegraph reports that Public Health England will be merged with the NHS Test and Trace programme to form the new National Institute for Health Protection (NIHP), with plans set to be announced by the Health Secretary Matt Hancock later this week:

https://www.politicshome.com/news/article/failing-public-health-england-to-be-scrapped-and-replaced-with-new-pandemicready-body

News:  We wouldn’t weigh teachers. So why weigh pupils? – TES Online

11 August, Kym Scott.  Weighing children in school is merely shaming them for something outside their control – and could trigger eating disorders:

We wouldn’t weigh teachers. So why weigh pupils?

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