28/12/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 28/12/20.

Research Briefing: Mental health support for young people: a reading list – House of Commons Library

22 December 2020.  This reading list provides links to relevant reports and research on supporting children and young people with mental health issues. It also includes links to sources of further information and advice:

Mental health support for young people: a reading list

Research Briefing: Childcare FAQs – House of Commons Library

22 December 2020.  This House of Commons Library Briefing provides information in response to some key questions relating to childcare during the coronavirus outbreak:

Coronavirus: Childcare FAQs

Nursery World – Article: Vulnerable babies ‘invisible’ in the pandemic

21 December 2020, Nicole Weinstein.  Soaring increases in child neglect, domestic violence and perinatal mental illness have been reported by health visitors during the pandemic, a report from the Institute of Health Visiting finds:

https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/vulnerable-babies-invisible-in-the-pandemic

Article: Local authorities predict permanent closure of childcare settings in January – Nursery World

22 December 2020, Nicole Weinstein.  More than half of local authorities in England anticipate permanent closure of childcare providers when Covid funding ends in January, a new report by Coram Family and Childcare has revealed:

https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/local-authorities-predict-permanent-closure-of-childcare-settings-in-january

News: Facebook child abuse detection hit by new EU rules – BBC News Online

Facebook has switched off some of its child abuse detection tools in Europe in response to new rules from the EU:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-55399509

News: Scrap benefit cap to lift 150,000 children out of poverty, says charity – Guardian Online

22 December 2020, Patrick Butler.  Suspension of cap on universal credit would cost less than summer’s ‘eat out to help out’ scheme:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/dec/22/scrap-benefit-cap-to-lift-150000-children-out-of-poverty-says-charity

Article: Education secretary names preferred candidate for next children’s commissioner role – Willis Palmer

21 December 2020. Education secretary names preferred candidate for next children’s commissioner role:

https://www.willispalmer.com/education-secretary-names-preferred-candidate-for-next-childrens-commissioner-role/

Article: Wraparound care sector ramps up fight for more support – Nursery World

17 December 2020, Nicole Weinstein.  A coalition of 250 out-of-school providers is calling on the Government to provide ‘urgent’ financial support to save the sector from collapse:

https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/wraparound-care-sector-ramps-up-fight-for-more-support

Article: Early years settings condemn Government for ‘miniscule’ funding rise – Nursery World

18 December 2020, Catherine Gaunt.  Early years settings will receive just a 6p an hour increase per child for three-and four-year-olds next term, as the Department for Education reverts to pre-Covid funding rates:

https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/early-years-settings-condemn-government-for-miniscule-funding-rise

News: Jacob Rees-Mogg accuses Unicef of ‘playing politics’ over UK food campaign – BBC News Online

18 December 2020.  Commons leader Jacob Rees Mogg has accused Unicef of “playing politics” after the charity launched a campaign to help feed children in the UK:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55354958

News: Unicef to feed hungry children in UK for first time in 70-year history – Guardian Online

16 December 2020, Rhi Storer. UN agency will help fund food parcels for those affected by coronavirus crisis in Southwark, south London:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/dec/16/unicef-feed-hungry-children-uk-first-time-history

Research & analysis: Social care questionnaires 2020: what children and young people told Ofsted – Ofsted

16 December 2020.  Ofsted uses questionnaires to capture views about social care settings, including children’s homes, boarding schools and living with foster carers and adopters:

Social care questionnaires 2020: what children and young people told Ofsted

Update: Poverty In The Pandemic: An Update On The Impact Of Coronavirus On Low-Income Families And Children – Child Poverty Action Group

14 December 2020.   This report provides an update on how families with children are managing financially, based on an additional 393 online survey responses received in the period since the last report was published, up to the end of November 2020:

https://cpag.org.uk/policy-and-campaigns/report/poverty-pandemic-update-impact-coronavirus-low-income-families-and

Article: MPs discuss early years workforce challenges – Nursery World

16 December 2020, Nicole Weinstein.  An urgent independent review is needed to ‘alleviate the pressures’ facing the early years workforce, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Childcare and Early Education has heard:

https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/mps-discuss-early-years-workforce-challenges

Consultation Outcome: Online Harms White Paper – Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and Home Office

15 December 2020.  Full government response to the consultation and the Government report on transparency reporting in relation to online harms:

Online Harms White Paper

Article: Nurseries conflicted over test and trace responsibilities over Christmas holidays – Nursery World

15 December 2020, Annette Rawstrone.  The requirement for early years leaders to be available to help with contact tracing during the Christmas holidays has been met with dismay by some in the sector:

https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/nurseries-conflicted-over-test-and-trace-responsibilities-over-christmas-holidays

News: Covid: ‘Children put at risk by health inequalities’ – BBC News Online

15 December 2020.  The coronavirus pandemic risks damaging the health and wellbeing of a generation of children and young people in England unless urgent action is taken, according to a major report:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55304924

News: Covid-19 isolation ‘detrimental for children’ – Ofsted – BBC News Online

15 December 2020, Katherine Sellgren.  Having to isolate because of Covid-19 is having a detrimental effect on children’s education and well-being, particularly the most vulnerable, warns England’s chief inspector of schools:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-55304974

Article: The government must address the root cause of obesity: inequality – Politics Home

14 December, Mary Glindon MP.  “People in poorer socioeconomic groups and those with inadequate access to weight management services are being let down. We must do more to prevent and treat Britain’s obesity problem”:

The government must address the root cause of obesity: inequality

Research Briefing: Coronavirus and schools: FAQs – House of Commons Library

14 December 2020.  This briefing paper looks at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on schools and pupils. It largely focuses on England:

Coronavirus and schools: FAQs

Research Briefing: Coronavirus: Separated Families and Contact with Children in Care FAQs (UK) – House of Commons Library

21 December 2020. This paper provides brief information in response to some key questions regarding the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on separated families, maintenance arrangements and access to children:

Coronavirus: Separated Families and Contact with Children in Care FAQs (UK)

Research Briefing: Constituency data: Child poverty – House of Commons Library

14 December 2020.  Constituency-level data on child poverty:

Constituency data: Child poverty

News: Online harms law to let regulator block apps in UK – BBC News Online:

15 December 2020, Leo Kelion.  UK watchdog Ofcom is set to gain the power to block access to online services that fail to do enough to protect children and other users:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-55302431

News: Tavistock puberty blocker study published after nine years – BBC News Online

11 December 2020.  All but one child treated for gender dysphoria with puberty-blocking drugs at a leading NHS clinic also received cross-sex hormones, a study has shown:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55282113