14/09/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 14/09/20

News: YouTube faces legal battle over British children’s privacy – BBC News Online

13 September 2020.  YouTube is facing a legal battle for allegedly breaching the privacy and data rights of under-13s in the UK.  A claim lodged with the High Court against parent company Google accuses the firm of collecting children’s data without parental consent:


Article:  LGA warns of anticipated spike in demand for services after falling numbers of referrals in lockdown – Willis Palmer

September 2020. The Local Government Association is urging the government to use the forthcoming Spending Review to ensure councils have long-term, sustainable funding for children’s services ahead of anticipated rise in demand for support services:

Article: UK launches voluntary calorie guideline for food industry – Food & Drink International

9 September 2020.  Public Health England (PHE) is encouraging the food industry to tackle obesity and boost national health in the wake of COVID-19 with new voluntary calorie guidelines:

News: Public Health England launches new Every Mind Matters campaign – Public Health England

9 September 2020.  Mental health campaign supports the wellbeing of children, young people and their parents:

Public Health England launches new Every Mind Matters campaign

News:  Child obesity action ‘risks losing its way’ – BBC News Online

9 September 2020.  Government efforts to fight child obesity risk getting lost in reorganisations and delays, a report warns.  The National Audit office says 20 years of targets and policies have had limited success and new initiatives may fall short too:


News: NEW FOOD FOUNDATION DATA: 14% of UK families with children have experienced food insecurity in the past 6 months – Food Foundation

September 2020.  New data reveals 14% of UK families with children have experienced food insecurity in the past 6 months:

News: Over Half Of Parents Say Their Greatest Worry Since The Pandemic Is Their Child’s Mental Health – The Child Mental Health Charter Campaign

8 September 2020.  The Child Mental Health Charter Campaign has called upon the Government to prioritise children’s mental health on their return to school as of urgency:


Press release: New voluntary calorie guidelines to help industry tackle obesity – Public Health England

7 September 2020.  Food industry encouraged to help people move towards and maintain a healthier weight by reducing excessive calories in everyday foods by up to 20% by 2024:

New voluntary calorie guidelines to help industry tackle obesity

Guidance: Calorie reduction: guidelines for the food industry – Public Health England

7 September 2020.  A technical report outlining guidelines for industry, 2017 baseline calorie levels and next steps:

Calorie reduction: guidelines for the food industry

Research: New Onward research: Measuring up for levelling up – UK Onward

7 September 2020.  Onward publishes a new research paper, Measuring up for levelling up, which looks at how government can best measure progress on levelling up, and examines how the economy has been performing in different parts of the country over recent decades:

News: Marcus Rashford blasts Tory MP who won’t apologise for ‘feed your children’ tweet – The Mirror Online

6 September 2020, Oliver Milne.  Marcus Rashford has launched a campaign to end child hunger in the UK and slammed Tory MP Kevin Hollinrake for his comments:


New: Rashford criticises MP Kevin Hollinrake’s ‘feeding children’ tweet – BBC News Online

6 September 2020.  A Conservative MP has been criticised by Marcus Rashford for saying it was a “parent’s job to feed their children”.  Kevin Hollinrake, who represents Thirsk and Malton, originally tweeted about the success of the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme:


HM Government Public Appointments: Children’s Commissioner for England – Cabinet Office

September 2020.  HM Government Public Appointments: Children’s Commissioner for England. Announcement of successful candidate expected before the end of the year:


Article:  Police record more than 10,000 online child sexual offences in a year – Willis Palmer

September 2020.  A Freedom of Information request by the children’s charity revealed that 10,391 crimes were recorded by all forces across the UK in 2019-20 including heinous crimes such as sexual assault, rape and grooming:

News:  Heavy screen time in childhood is linked to lower academic performance – Open Access Government

3 September 2020.  A new study of 8 to 11 year olds shows an association between heavy screen time and poorer reading performance, as well as between computer use and poorer numeracy:

Heavy screen time in childhood is linked to lower academic performance

News:  UK falls behind Slovakia, Romania and Iceland for child wellbeing in UNICEF report – Yahoo News

2 September 2020.  UK says: “Sadly, it seems that poor mental health, obesity and inadequate social and academic skills are now the hallmarks of modern childhood:

UK falls behind Slovakia, Romania and Iceland for child wellbeing in UNICEF report

News: Health leaders warn Boris Johnson over axing of Public Health England – Microsoft News

2 September 2020, Denis Campbell.  The abolition of Public Health England will damage the fight against obesity, smoking and alcohol misuse, the UK’s doctors and public health experts:

Health leaders warn Boris Johnson over axing of Public Health England

Policy:  Human Rights – Scottish Government

September 2020. Scottish Government statement on children’s rights including plans to incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child:


News: Apps for children must offer privacy by default – BBC News Online

1 September 2020.  Apps, social media platforms and online games that are specifically targeted at children will now have to put privacy at the heart of their design.  A code of practice outlining how children’s data should be protected has come into force and firms have 12 months to comply with the new rules:


News: Sturgeon announces plan for National Care Service, Bill of rights for Children, Indy Ref 2 & work package for young people – The London Economic

1 September 2020, Joe Mellor.  Sturgeon announces plan for Bill of rights for Children: ‘We will – to the maximum extent possible – fully and directly incorporate into Scots law the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child’:

News: Gap between rich and poor pupils in England ‘grows by 46% in a year’ – The Guardian Online

1 September 2020, Richard Adams.  Disadvantaged and BAME pupils lost more learning in lockdown and need urgent support, researchers say:


News: Marcus Rashford brings food brand giants together to tackle child food poverty – BBC News Online

1 September 2020.  Footballer Marcus Rashford has formed a taskforce with some of the UK’s biggest food brands to try to help reduce child food poverty:


Opinion (Polly Toynbee): As a Conservative council closes yet more services, it’s clear the party will continue to neglect under-18s – The Guardian Online

27 August 2020, Polly Toynbee.  “What a time to announce it, just as evidence grows that children are under extreme stress as they return to school next week. Suffolk county council – with 50 out of 75 councillors Tory since time immemorial – is shutting most of its children’s centres. There are 38, built and paid for by the Labour government, but only 17 will stay open full time”:


Article: Get on your bikes! Grant Shapps urges parents to get their children to walk or cycle to school as they return for the start of the autumn term – Daily Mail Online

29 August 2020. “The Shapps household is like millions of others preparing for the start of the school autumn term. New clothes, new books and a new year – a flurry of activity. This is a crucial moment in youngsters’ education”:


Report: Good Childhood Report 2020 – The Children’s Society

August 2020.  Good Childhood Report 2020 is the ninth annual report on the well-being of children in the UK.

As well as presenting predominant trends in well-being, the reports seek to understand the experiences of children who have low well-being – what enhances and hinders children’s happiness. The Society has made every effort to reflect children’s own views in the reports, working with children to identify and focus on topics that are important to them, in addition to being guided by the available evidence:


News: Time for a ‘Nightingale moment’ for England’s children, says watchdog – The Guardian Online

28 August 2020, Sally Weale.  Children’s commissioner calls for mental health support and focus on vulnerable teenagers:


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