01/08/21 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 01/08/21.

Report: Adolescent mental health: A systematic review on the effectiveness of school-based interventions – Early Intervention Foundation

21 July 2021.  This major report reviews the latest evidence on school-based mental health interventions, providing a comprehensive and up-to-date picture of what works, for whom and under what circumstances in relation to interventions that enhance mental health, prevent mental health difficulties and prevent behavioural difficulties:

Link: https://www.eif.org.uk/report/adolescent-mental-health-a-systematic-review-on-the-effectiveness-of-school-based-interventions

News: Summer school catch-up classes insufficient, say heads and Labour – Guardian Online

29 July 2021, Richard Adams.  Government programme unable to deal with millions of children having missed education due to Covid:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/jul/29/summer-school-catch-up-classes-insufficient-say-heads-and-labour

News: Early years representatives call for critical status for practitioners – Nursery Management Today

July 2021.  NDNA has joined with the Early Years Alliance and PACEY to call on the government to add early years and childcare practitioners to the list of essential workers offered an exemption to the current self-isolation rules:

Link: http://nmt-magazine.co.uk/early-years-representatives-call-for-critical-status-for-practitioners/

Report: Children and families’ wellbeing in a digital world: A four-dimensional model – Internet Matters and University of Leicester

July 2021.  Internet Matters commissioned Dr Diane T Levine at the University of Leicester to consider how we define digital wellbeing within families. This report proposes that framed as ‘wellbeing in a digital world’, it includes the relationship between digital participation across four dimensions of wellbeing – developmental wellbeing, emotional wellbeing, physical wellbeing and social wellbeing:

Link: https://www.internetmatters.org/about-us/children-and-families-wellbeing-in-a-digital-world-report/

Response:  CEO’s response to new disability strategy in England – Caudwell Children

July 2021.  The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has today announced the Government’s new National Disability Strategy. This follows a commitment from the Prime Minister in 2019. You can read the strategy and the pledges within it here:

Link: https://www.caudwellchildren.com/ceos-response-to-new-disability-strategy-in-england/

Report: Children in the Care Of Lambeth Council – All Party Parliamentary Group, Fit & Healthy Childhood

28 July 2021.  The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, chaired by Professor Alexis Jay OBE was set up in 2015 because of serious concerns that some organisations had failed and were continuing to fail to protect children from sexual abuse. In July 2021 they reported on children in the care of Lambeth Council:

Link: https://fhcappg.org.uk/?p=3513

Blog: How the Pandemic Continues to Impact Children’s Play – Psychology Today

27 July 2021, Cara DiYanni Ph D.  Parents report kids’ play has been affected directly and indirectly by COVID:

Link: How the Pandemic Continues to Impact Children’s Play

News: MPs demand nation register of home-schooled children as they blast ‘unacceptable level of opaqueness’ – Daily Mail Online

26 July 2021, James Gant.  A report from the group of MPs released on Tuesday detailed how the Association of Directors of Children’s Services projected that, as of October 2020, more than 75,000 children were being educated at home, an increase of 38 per cent from the previous year:

Link: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9828093/Unacceptable-level-opaqueness-homeschooling-MPs-say.html

News: Third of children referred to mental health services last year were turned away – Mirror Online

24 July 2021, Geraldine McKelvie & Keir Mudie.  Doctors told the Mirror they had not been able to get a referral to NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services for years with one desperate parent selling her house to fund private care:

Link: Third of children referred to mental health services last year were turned away

Article: Charities call on health secretary to end ‘baby blindspot’ – Nursery World

22 July 2021, Catherine Gaunt.  More than 60 members of the First 1001 Days Movement have today jointly written to the new health secretary Sajid Javid to highlight the impact of the pandemic on babies and their families:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/charities-call-on-health-secretary-to-end-baby-blindspot

Article: Spending on early help services halves in decades – Willis Palmer

July 2021.  Between 2010 and 2020, local authorities in England reduced spending on early intervention services from £3.6bn to £1.8bn, analysis of council budgets by a group of leading children’s charities has revealed:

Link: https://www.willispalmer.com/spending-on-early-help-services-halves-in-decade/

News: Early years included in plans to reduce number of critical workers having to self isolate – Nursery Management Today

July 2021.  The government has outlined new guidance for early years settings and schools as restrictions ease further. Settings will no longer be required to contact parents and carers about positive cases in their classroom groups. NHS Test and Trace will notify positive and close contact cases, although in some circumstances the app will get in contact for more details or information on other contacts:

Link: http://nmt-magazine.co.uk/early-years-settings-included-in-plans-to-reduce-numbers-of-critical-workers-having-to-self-isolate/

House of Commons Research briefing: Reaction to the Draft Online Safety Bill: a reading list – UK Parliament

21 July 2021.  This reading list collates a selection of media coverage, stakeholder responses and other material relevant to the draft Online Safety Bill:

Link: Reaction to the Draft Online Safety Bill: a reading list

News: Eating disorders: The terrible impact of the pandemic on the young – BBC Online

22 July 2021, Nick Triggle.  The number of young people with eating disorders in England ending up in hospital has risen during the pandemic, a BBC investigation has found. Data obtained from NHS Digital showed the number of under-20s admitted over the past year topped 3,200 – nearly 50% higher than in 2019-20:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-57908556

News story: Promotions of unhealthy foods restricted from October 2022 – Department for Health and Social Care

21 July 2021.  Following consultation with industry, the government will restrict unhealthy food promotions in stores from October 2022:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/promotions-of-unhealthy-foods-restricted-from-october-2022

Commons Debate: Early Years Education Funding – Parallel Parliament

21 July 2021.  Text of Westminster Hall debate on Early Years Education Funding:

Link: https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/debate/Commons/2021-07-21/debates/E8453A21-2152-4962-BC1B-FE56B50ED9DE/EarlyYearsEducationFunding

Article: Change to test and trace and self-isolation rules causes ‘utter confusion’ in nurseries – Nursery World

21 July 2021, Catherine Gaunt.  Early years settings and schools have been thrown into confusion following the Government’s change to the rules on tracking coronavirus cases and self-isolation, as the number of Covid-related absences among children and staff continues to rise:

Link: Change to test and trace and self-isolation rules causes ‘utter confusion’ in nurseries

Lords Debate: Short debate in the Lords on the National Food Strategy – They Work For You

20 July 2021.  Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe (Labour) to Lord Benyon (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs):

Link: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/lords/?id=2021-07-20a.130.3&s=obesity

News: Almost a quarter of England’s pupils out of school – BBC Online

20 July 2021, Hannah Richardson & Jeanette Long.  Almost a quarter (23.3%) of pupils in England were out of school last week, the latest official attendance figures show. This means there were 1.7 million pupils absent, up from 1.5 million the week before:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-57901993

Policy paper: National strategy for autistic children, young people and adults: 2021 to 2026 – Department for Health and Social Care and Department for Education

21 July 2021.  The government’s national strategy for improving the lives of autistic people and their families and carers in England, and implementation plan for 2021 to 2022:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-strategy-for-autistic-children-young-people-and-adults-2021-to-2026

Commons Debate: Reducing Baby Loss – Parallel Parliament

20 July 2021.  Text of Westminster Hall debate: Reducing Baby Loss:

Link: https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/debate/Commons/2021-07-20/debates/DAD11DD5-07B7-4BFD-A193-15593D7EA4F1/ReducingBabyLoss

Government Response: Reforming the Mental Health Act – Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

July 2021. This report represents a significant milestone on the road to reform of the Mental Health Act. It summarises the invaluable and constructive responses we have heard from the public and stakeholders during our consultation on the White Paper Reforming the Mental Health Act:

Link: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1002920/reforming-mental-health-act-consultation-response-web-accessible.pdf

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

19 July 2021.  Read the briefing for the upcoming debate on policies to reduce baby loss on the 20th of July in Westminster Hall:

Link: Progress towards the national ambition to reduce baby loss

Article: Funding for early intervention ‘cut by half’ over ten years – analysis – Nursery World

15 July 2021, Catherine Gaunt.  A joint report by leading children’s charities has found that councils have been forced to halve early intervention spending on vulnerable children over the last decade:

Link: Funding for early intervention ‘cut by half’ over ten years – analysis

Article: Nearly two-thirds of mums without summer holiday childcare – Nursery World

16 July 2021, Katy Morton.  New survey findings reveal mums are facing a ‘huge challenge’ managing their work and caring responsibilities this summer:

Link: Nearly two-thirds of mums without summer holiday childcare

News: Covid: Home-education numbers rise by 75% – BBC Online

19 July 2021, Alix Hattenstone & Eleanor Lawrie.  The number of children registering for home education in the UK rose by 75% in the first eight months of the current school year, according to BBC research.  In north-west England numbers were 92% up on the previous two-year average, figures from 153 councils show:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-57255380

News: NHS is failing half of young people with mental health issues – Guardian Online

18 July 2021, Chaminda Jayanetti.  Parents report that even suicidal youngsters are not being referred or supported by care professionals:

Link: NHS is failing half of young people with mental health issues

House of Commons Research briefing: Relationships and Sex Education in Schools (England) – UK Parliament

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

Link: Relationships and Sex Education in Schools (England)

News: Young mental health referrals double in England after lockdowns – Guardian Online

15 July 2021, Amelia Hill.  As cases hit record high and waiting lists grow, private child psychiatrists report surge in self-funded patients:

Link: Young mental health referrals double in England after lockdowns

News: National Food Strategy: New tax on sugar and salt unattractive, says PM – BBC Online

15 July 2021, George Bowden & Justin Rowlatt.  Boris Johnson says he is not attracted to proposals for new taxes intended to reduce sugar and salt.  The PM said a government-commissioned review of the food we eat was likely to contain good ideas, but he did not want to impact “hard-working people”:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-57852513

Blog: What you need to know about summer schools – Department for Education

15 July 2021.  “Helping students catch up is one of our priorities. That’s why we’ve provided £200m for a programme of summer schools as part of the £3 billion the government has invested in helping pupils boost their learning following the disruption caused by the pandemic. Eligible mainstream secondary schools can bid for funding to design their own summer school and help students who have experienced the most disruption”:

Link: https://educationhub.blog.gov.uk/2021/07/15/what-you-need-to-know-about-summer-schools/