28/09/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 28/09/20

Letter: Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State For Children And Families Writes To All MPs In England – All Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit & Healthy Childhood

11 September 2020. Comprehensive description of Govt. support for vulnerable children and families set out in a letter from Minister Vicky Ford MP:

News: Marcus Rashford ‘disappointed’ by government response on food poverty – BBC News Online

26 September 2020.  The footballer said a letter from Education Secretary Gavin Williamson showed “a lack of empathy… towards protecting our most vulnerable”:


Research Briefing: Relationships and Sex Education in Schools (England) – House of Commons Library

25 September 2020.  This House of Commons Library briefing provides an overview of the current rules and recent reforms to relationships and sex education in English schools:

Relationships and Sex Education in Schools (England)

Short debate in the Lords: Mental Health Services for Young People – They Work For You

24 September 2020. Baroness Massey of Darwen (Labour) to Lord Bethell (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care) – “To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether mental health services for young people will be expanded to deal with concerns expressed during the COVID-19 pandemic; and if so, how”:


Policy paper: Children in need and looked after children statistics: proposed changes – Department for Education

24 September 2020.  The Department for Education is asking for feedback on proposed changes to children in need (CIN) and looked after children (CLA) outcomes statistics:

Children in need and looked after children statistics: proposed changes

Early Day Motion: Dr Lisa Cameron MP tabled a motion on Dr. Lisa Cameron MP has tabled a motion in the Commons entitled ‘A covid-19 recovery mental health strategy for children’ – EDM UK Parliament

25 September 2020:


Article: Government must fund early intervention initiatives to better support young people who self-harm – Politics Home, The House

24 September 2020, Liz Twist MP.  The APPG on Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention heard how support arrives much too late due to service waiting times, thresholds and all-too-common stigma:


Press release: Government launches call for evidence on video game loot boxes – Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and Caroline Dinenage MP

23 September 2020.  The Government has launched a call for evidence on the impact of loot boxes in video games, to examine concerns they may encourage or lead to problem gambling:

Government launches call for evidence on video game loot boxes

Question for department for Education: Tulip Siddiq, Free School Meals, UIN 91683, tabled on 17 September 2020 – UK Parliament

17 September 2020.  “To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to provide free school meals to eligible children over the (a) autumn half-term and (b) Christmas holiday period”:


Academic study: The biological and social determinants of childhood obesity: comparison of two cohorts 50 years apart – National Library of Medicine

16 September 2020.   N Ronsinson, JA MCKay, MS Pearce, V Albani, CM Wright, AJ Adamson, H Brown. Objective: To determine whether the same relationships between early life risk factors and socioeconomic status with childhood BMI are observed in a modern cohort (2000) compared with an historic cohort (1947):

The biological and social determinants of childhood obesity: comparison of two cohorts 50 years apart. 

Research Briefing: The Troubled Families Programme (England)  – House of Commons Library

23 September 2020.  The Troubled Families Programme (TFP) is a programme in England administered by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). The programme conducts targeted interventions for families experiencing multiple problems, including crime, anti-social behaviour, truancy, unemployment, mental health problems and domestic abuse. This briefing examines the TFP since 2012, details MHCLG evaluations of the programme, and describes recent commentary and potential future directions for the programme:

The Troubled Families programme (England)

News: 10 issues that we need to fix for a healthier food industry – Speciality Food Magazine

24 September 2020.  10 issues that we need to fix for a healthier food industry: A new report by The Food Foundation reveals some startling statistics on vital issues surrounding healthy food options and prices:


Annual Report: CYPMHC annual report 2020 – Children & Young People’s Mental Health Coalition

September 2020, Kadra Abdinasir and Oliver Glick.  Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition’s annual report:


News: One-in-20 pupils at home with lockdown-related issues – BBC News Online

20 September 2020, Hannah Richardson.  Around one in 20 children in England are out of school due to issues linked to the pandemic and lockdown, the Children’s Commissioner has suggested:


News: Google and Facebook under pressure to ban children’s ads – BBC News Online

18 September 2020.  Tech firms have been urged to stop advertising to under-18s in an open letter signed by MPs, academics and children’s-rights advocates:


Report: THE BROKEN PLATE 2020 The State of the Nation’s Food System – Food Foundation

September 2020. Laura Sandys CBE, Chair of the Food Foundation: “With the current climate conducive to change, and with many keen to use this moment to push for a better way of doing things, now is an opportune moment to innovate and legislate for better health in the UK”:


Open consultation:  Early years healthy development review: call for evidence – Department of Health and Social Care

25 September 2020.  Share your evidence to help inform a new review into improving health and development outcomes of babies and young children in England:

Early years healthy development review: call for evidence

News: Schools in poorer areas lack catch-up cash – BBC News Online

18 September 2020, Judith Burns.  Schools in poor parts of England will struggle the most to help their pupils catch-up after the lockdown, says the Institute for Fiscal Studies:


News: What anti-obesity measures and the National Food Strategy mean for businesses – City AM

17 September 2020, Jo Marshall. A number of studies suggest that people who are overweight or obese are at greater risk of serious illness, even death, as a result of Covid-19:

News: The £1bn cost of maternity blunders: Jeremy Hunt exposes damning toll of lawsuits against NHS – Daily Mail Online

17 September 2020, Sophie Borland.  Jeremy Hunt has revealed that almost twice as much is spent on lawsuits following poor care of mothers and babies as on the combined pay of all the labour doctors in England’s hospitals:


Article: Public Health England launches new Every Mind Matters campaign – Nursery Management Today

September 2020. Public Health England (PHE) has launched Every Mind Matters, a new campaign to help children, young people and their parents when it comes to mental health and wellbeing:

Public Health England launches new Every Mind Matters campaign

Question: Schools: Free Holiday Meals and Activities – Hansard – House of Lords

14 September 2020. Baroness D’Souza.  “To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of proposals for a permanent programme of free school meals and activities during all school holidays”:


News: Obesity focus: A look at Johnson’s fight against fat – Open Access Government

14 September 2020, Tam Fry FRSA, Chairman of the National Obesity Forum.  “Boris Johnson’s manifesto to fight the nation’s fat begins with a long sentence: “We will make prevention at the heart of this government’s health agenda to proactively tackle the burden of preventable ill health and empower everybody to make the healthy behaviours they want to make”. That said, in all the proposals that he announced in July, not a single measure could be truly said to be preventative”:

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