16/07/21 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 16/07/21.

House of Commons Research briefing: Progress towards the national ambition to reduce baby loss – UK Parliament

14 July 2021.There will be a debate in Westminster Hall on policy to reduce baby loss. This debate will take place on the 20th of July at 9:25am:

Link: Progress towards the national ambition to reduce baby loss

House of Commons Research briefing: Food banks in the UK – UK Parliament

14 July 2021.  The pandemic has led to an increase in food bank usage, particularly amongst families with children. This briefing examines the number of emergency food parcels distributed by food banks over time and across the nations and regions of the UK:

Link: Food Banks in the UK

Launch Event: National Food Strategy: Part Two – National Food Strategy

15 July 2021.  National Food Strategy: Part Two – Launch event Invitation on Wednesday 21 July 2021 at 15:00 – 16:30 BST:

Link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/national-food-strategy-part-two-launch-event-tickets-163352266025

News: Boris Johnson’s food tsar urges UK introduce world’s tax sugary salty food – Daily Mail Online

15 July 2021, Shaun Wooller.  At least your wallet will be slimmer! Boris Johnson’s posh food tsar urges UK to introduce the world’s first tax on sugary and salty food in war on fat that would cost a family of four £240 a year each:

Link: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9789215/Boris-Johnsons-food-tsar-urges-UK-introduce-worlds-tax-sugary-salty-food.html

News: So we’re going back to the office – now we need to fix childcare – City AM

14 July 2021, Brett Wigdortz.  Offices are set to reopen, but our workforce will continue to be hampered by remote working unless we provide better childcare provisions:

Link: https://www.cityam.com/so-were-going-back-to-the-office-now-we-need-to-fix-childcare.]

News: National Food Strategy: Tax sugar and salt and prescribe veg, report says – BBC Online

15 July 2021, Justin Rowlatt.  Sugar and salt should be taxed and vegetables prescribed by the NHS, an independent review of the food we eat has suggested. The report, led by businessman Henry Dimbleby, said taxes raised could extend free school meal provision and support better diets among the poorest:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-57838103

News: School meals, cooking culture and farm tech: key points of the food strategy – Guardian Online

15 July 2021, Patrick Butler & Damian Carrington.  Recommendations include extending free school meals to more children and a reboot of food education:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/jul/15/school-meals-cooking-culture-and-farm-tech-key-points-of-the-food-strategy

News: Food strategy calls for £3bn sugar and salt tax to improve UK’s diet – Guardian Online

15 July 2021, Patrick Butler & Damian Carrington. Report says changes in eating habits must be accelerated to meet targets on health and climate:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/jul/15/food-strategy-calls-for-3bn-sugar-and-salt-tax-to-improve-uks-diet

Commons Debate: Children and Families: Cross-Government Strategy – Parallel Parliament

14 July 2021.  Text of Westminster Hall debate: Children and Families: Cross-Government Strategy:

Link: https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/debate/Commons/2021-07-14/debates/BC7D6775-1C3C-4F7E-B8FA-F8EAE7A6A510/ChildrenAndFamiliesCross-GovernmentStrategy

Article: More than 11,000 childcare places lost through nursery closures – research – Nursery World

13 July 2021, Catherine Gaunt & Katy Morton.  The number of nursery closures in England increased by more than a third during the height of the pandemic compared to the same period the previous year, new analysis by the National Day Nurseries Association reveals:

Link: More than 11,000 childcare places lost through nursery closures – research

Briefing: Health and Care Bill Second Reading – National Children’s Bureau

Children’s Health Influencing Group briefing on Health and Care Bill Second Reading:

Link: https://www.ncb.org.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/files/HPIGbriefing.pdf.

House of Commons Research briefing: Obesity – UK Parliament

12 July 2021.  Obesity is a physical condition in which a person is very overweight, with a lot of body fat. Policymakers have faced the difficult challenge of addressing increasing obesity prevalence; a complex issue affected by socioeconomic, cultural and geographical factors. This paper covers the work of the UK Government in preventing and reducing obesity:

Link: Obesity

News: Lockdown: ‘Children behind in speech and understanding’ – BBC Online

12 July 2021.  Up to 1.5 million children face being left behind in their speaking and understanding due to disruption caused by Covid, research suggests:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-57764096

News: Is it possible to make the internet safe for children? – Guardian Online

13 July 2021.  Podcast.  A new design code for websites, aimed at children, will soon come into force.  How much difference will it make – and is a child-safe internet possible?:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2021/jul/13/is-it-possible-to-make-the-internet-safe-for-children-podcast

Manifesto: Early Years – Centre for Social Justice

July 2021.  Early Years Commission: A Cross-Party Manifesto:

Link: https://www.centreforsocialjustice.org.uk/library/early-years-manifesto

Article: Covid cases rising again in early years settings – Nursery World

12 July 2021, Katy Morton.  The number of reported incidents of cases of Coronavirus more than doubled during a two-week period last month, official statistics reveal:

Link: Covid cases rising again in early years settings

House of Commons Research briefing: Advertising to children – UK Parliament

9 July 2021.  This Commons briefing paper looks at the current advertising regulatory system in the UK, with specific reference to advertising to children:

Link: Advertising to children

Article: Over 95% young people say mental ill health has affected their school work – Willis Palmer

July 2021.  Ninety six per cent of young people have reported that their mental health has affected their school work at some point, according to a survey by mental health charity Mind:

Link: https://www.willispalmer.com/over-95-young-people-say-mental-ill-health-has-affected-their-school-work/

House of Commons Research briefing: Childcare: support with costs (England) – UK Parliament

8 July 2021.  This House of Commons Library briefing paper is intended to inform constituents about the financial support available to help with childcare costs:

Link: Childcare: support with costs (England)

Letter: John Bird: I need your help to safeguard the interests of future generations – Conservative Home

9 July 2021, Lord Bird.  “I just want to let you know that I have a Bill passing through the Lords, which is co-sponsored by Simon Fell, the MP for Barrow and Furness, in the Commons. Now it may be a bit of a leap in the dark for some Conservatives”:

Link: https://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2021/07/john-bird.html

Article: Cross-party MPs call for greater post-Covid support for early years – Nursery World

8 July 2021, Katy Morton.  The Early Years Commission is calling on the Government to extend financial support to children under the age of five in the wake of the pandemic:

Link: Cross-party MPs call for greater post-Covid support for early years

News: Huge surge in number of pupils sent home due to Covid – BBC Online

6 July 2021.  Over 640,000 pupils in England were not in school due to Covid last week – up from 375,000 the week before:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-57723916

News: Ministers attacked for ‘wrecking ball’ plans to overhaul teacher training – Guardian Online

5 July 2021, Sally Weale.  Critics warn changes could put 10,000 training places at risk and affect teacher supply for years to come:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/jul/05/ministers-attacked-for-wrecking-ball-plans-to-overhaul-teacher-training

News: MPs say 1,000 babies die preventable deaths in England each year – Guardian Online

6 July 2021, Denis Campbell.  Commons health committee says NHS has reduced baby deaths significantly but could do more to improve safety:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/jul/06/mps-say-1000-babies-die-preventable-deaths-in-england-each-year

News: Covid-19: New rules for schools in England to be set out – BBC Online

6 July 2021.  England’s schools will find out later how the government plans to relax rules that have led to large numbers of pupils being sent home if a single child has a positive Covid test:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-57730189

News: Covid: Youth clubs fear for children ‘lost to the streets’ in pandemic – BBC Online

4 July 2021, Rachel Flint & Michael Burgess.  There are fears children as young as 11 have been “lost to the streets” as some youth clubs remain closed due to Covid restrictions:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-57468462

News: P1 testing must focus on development, not the three Rs – TES Online

3 July 2021, Sue Palmer.  National standardised tests, if scrapped, must not be replaced by council literacy and numeracy assessments:

Link: https://www.tes.com/news/p1-testing-must-focus-development-not-three-rs

News: One-third of UK children could need mental health support due to the pandemic – British Psychological Society

2 July 2021.  More than 30 per cent of UK children and young people feel their wellbeing is much worse since the pandemic, according to a survey that was presented at the British Psychological Society conference on Friday 2 July:

Link: One-third of UK children could need mental health support due to the pandemic

Article: ‘Substantial’ drop in take-up of funded places fuels concern for early years sector – Nursery World

2 July 2021, Katy Morton.  Newly released Government figures reveal the number of eligible two-year-olds registered for a funded place with nurseries or childminders has fallen by 13 per cent:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/substantial-drop-in-take-up-of-funded-places-fuels-concern-for-early-years-sector

News: Children’s sector’s letter to Telegraph says children must be at the heart of recovery plans – National Children’s Bureau

28 June 2021.  100+ organisations say that despite the Prime Minister’s pledges, the needs of babies, children, and young people have all too often been overlooked in pandemic policymaking:

Link: https://www.ncb.org.uk/about-us/media-centre/news-opinion/childrens-sectors-letter-telegraph-says-children-must-be-heart

Press release: New services launched to help people achieve a healthier weight and improve wellbeing – Department for Health and Social Care

1 July 2021.  Thousands of adults and children will benefit from new services launched across England to help them achieve a healthy weight and boost their wellbeing:

Link: New services launched to help people achieve a healthier weight and improve wellbeing

Research and analysis: Inequalities in child development – Public Health England

30 June 2021.  Experimental analysis of the Community Services Dataset:

Link:Inequalities in child development

Commons Debate: Children from Low-Income Families: Education Support – Parallel Parliament

30 June 2021.  Text of Westminster Hall debate: Children from Low-Income Families: Education Support:

Link: https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/debate/Commons/2021-06-30/debates/B4663660-21B2-4D58-9190-450157AF3AC0/ChildrenFromLow-IncomeFamiliesEducationSupport

House of Commons Education Committee: The forgotten: how White working-class pupils have been let down, and how to change it – UK Parliament

22 June 2021.  First Report of Session 2021–22 Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report:

Link: https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/6364/documents/70802/default/