15/09/21 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 15/09/21.

POST Research briefing: Children’s Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic – UK Parliament

9 September 2021.  Briefing from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology:

Link: Children’s Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic


Article: Families with children under five face ‘steep rises’ in poverty, warns research – Nursery World

14 September 2021, Katy Morton.  A new evidence review, published today by the Nuffield Foundation, finds that more than one in three children in the UK are living in poverty, amounting to 2.2 million under-fives:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/families-with-children-under-five-face-steep-rises-in-poverty-warns-research

Article: Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon pledges free childcare for one- and two-year-olds – Nursery World

10 September 2021, Katy Morton.  The Scottish Government has confirmed it will make funded childcare for one- and two-year-olds universal within this parliament:

Link: Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon pledges free childcare for one- and two-year-olds


Guardian Online – News: UK failing on childcare, finds survey of over 20,000 working parents

12 September 2021, Alexandra Topping. Major study shows childcare system that is financially crippling, hinders careers and needs radical overall:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/sep/12/uk-failing-on-childcare-finds-survey-of-over-20000-working-parents

Research briefing: The implementation of the recommendations of the Timpson Review of School Exclusion – House of Commons

10 September 2021.  The Backbench Business Committee has agreed that on Thursday 16 September 2021 there will be a general debate in Westminster Hall on the implementation of the recommendations of the Timpson Review of School Exclusion. The debate will be led by Andy Carter MP and Edward Timpson MP:

Link: The implementation of the recommendations of the Timpson Review of School Exclusion

Research briefing: Summer-born children: starting school – House of Commons

10 September 2021.  This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of the flexibility for parents of summer-born children in England to request for their children to be admitted to school outside of their normal age group, and potential future changes:

Link: Summer-born children: starting school

Survey: Help shape the Early Life Cohort Feasibility Study – University College London

September 2021.  “University College London are conducting a feasibility study which could pave the way for the first new national birth cohort study in the UK for more than 20 years. We want to understand how researchers should follow a group of children born in 2021, to learn about their needs, situation and development. We need your help to shape this ground-breaking research. If you are from a policy or practice background, please”:

Link: complete the short survey

Report: Girls’ Attitudes Survey – Girlguiding

September 2021.  This snapshot of the Girls’ Attitudes Survey explores what girls have said. And how you can use the Girlguiding programme and resources to build their confidence, develop new skills and improve their wellbeing:

Link: https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/girls-making-change/girls-attitudes-survey/

Early Day Motion: Play Therapy – UK Parliament

8 September 2021.  Early Day Motion in support of Play Therapy:

Link: https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/58879

News: Schools in England forced to cut support for special needs pupils – Guardian Online

8 September 2021, Rachel Hall.  Third of headteachers had to slash their budgets last year due to insufficient funding, survey finds:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/sep/08/schools-in-england-forced-to-cut-support-for-special-needs-pupils


The Pharmaceutical Journal – Article: Number of young children prescribed antidepressants has risen by 41% since 2015

6 September 2021, Julia Robinson.  NHS data also reveal that the majority of those patients aged 5–12 years prescribed antidepressants between 2015 and 2021 were males:

Link: https://pharmaceutical-journal.com/article/news/number-of-young-children-prescribed-antidepressants-has-risen-by-41-since-2015


News: Young people’s mental health services ‘in crisis’, MPs warn – BBC News Online

6 September 2021, Charlotte Wright.  Mental health services for young people are failing, Sussex MPs say. Sussex Partnership NHS Trust, which runs child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) in Sussex and Hampshire, has missed patient waiting time targets since January 2019:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-58434191

News: Reports of sex abuse between children double in two years – BBC News Online

6 September 2021. Reports of children sexually abusing other children doubled in the two years to 2019, according to police figures obtained by BBC Panorama.  The programme has followed up on research from 2017, when police recorded almost 8,000 reports of abuse among under-18s in England and Wales:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-58332341

Opinion: Children face a mental health crisis, but they need more than antidepressants – Guardian Online

4 September 2021, Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett.  Mental health awareness has come on a lot since I was a child, but drugs are being used as a sticking plaster for a failing system:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/04/children-mental-health-crisis-antidepressants

Nursery World – Article: One million children in poverty ineligible for free school meals

31 August 2021, Katy Morton.  A new report calls for the Government’s Free School Meals (FSMs) policy to be extended to all low-income families, as it estimates that hundreds of thousands of children in poverty are missing out on the benefit:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/one-million-children-in-poverty-ineligible-or-free-school-meals

House of Commons – Research briefing: Early intervention: policy and provision

31 August 2021.  This House of Commons Library briefing analyses early intervention policies aimed at parents and children from conception to age five, covering health, education, social development and financial benefits. This paper also looks at broader arguments around early intervention as a policy approach:

Link: Early intervention: policy and provision

Child Poverty Action Group – Report: Fixing Lunch: The Case for Expanding Free School Meals

August 2021.  This report brings together findings from CPAG analysis and the Covid Realities research programme to highlight problems with existing FSM provision. It also draws on research carried out as part of CPAG and Children North East’s UK Cost of the School Day project. CPAG analysis shows that, despite a rise in the number of children claiming FSMs between March 2020 and March 2021, there are still one million school-aged children in poverty who miss out on any form of FSM provision because of restrictive eligibility criteria:

Link: https://cpag.org.uk/policy-and-campaigns/report/fixing-lunch-case-expanding-free-school-meals