01/10/21 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 01/10/21.

News: Covid: Children’s mental health has not improved since lockdown – survey – BBC News Online

30 September 2021.  The mental health of children and young people has not improved since last year’s lockdown, a survey by NHS Digital suggests. It found one in six children in England had a probable mental disorder in 2021 – similar to 2020, and up from one in nine in 2017:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-58741536

Article: New faces – Who’s who at the DfE – Nursery World

28 September 2021. As Will Quince replaces Vicky Ford as children and families minister, we look at the new ministerial line-up in the Department for Education:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/new-faces-who-s-who-at-the-dfe

News: The State of Child Poverty 2021 report – Chances for Children, Buttle UK

20 September 2021, Gabriele Joceryte.  This is the third annual publication of the report, and it shows that whilst these children have had to deal with the same disruption to schooling, isolation from friends and wider family and the broader anxieties of living through the pandemic as all children have, many are also dealing with trauma brought on by a range of adverse childhood experiences that have been made worse by the COVID crisis:

Link: https://buttleuk.org/news/news-list/state-of-child-poverty-2021/

Campaign: Time to Play – The British Psychological Society

September 2021.  School play offers benefits to children’s wellbeing and is essential for their social development. But time assigned for play in the school day has been eroded:

Link: https://www.bps.org.uk/time-to-play

Children & Young People’s Mental Health Coalition – Letter to Editor: Calling for investment in early mental health support

30 September 2021.  Today, thousands of young people are writing to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, calling on the Government to invest in early mental health support in the Spending Review. We, the undersigned, are in full support of them:

Link: https://cypmhc.org.uk/letter-to-editor-calling-for-investment-in-early-mental-health-support/

News: Ministers under fire over breaking of mental health crisis pledge in England – Guardian Online

29 September 2021, Denis Campbell.  Target to end ‘inappropriate’ out-of-area placements by April 2021 due to lack of beds has not been met:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/sep/29/ministers-under-fire-over-breaking-of-mental-health-crisis-pledge-in-england

News: Higher fruit and veg intake associated with better mental health in secondary school pupils – News Medical.net

28 September 2021, Emily Henderson.  Nutritious breakfast and lunch linked to emotional wellbeing in pupils across the age spectrum.  Include good nutrition in public health strategies for kids’ mental health, urge researchers:

Link: Higher fruit and veg intake associated with better mental health in secondary school pupils

News: Children’s NHS mental health referrals double in pandemic – Guardian Online

23 September 2021, Andrew Gregory.  Young people ‘suffering terribly’ in Covid crisis, with nearly 200,000 referred in just three months:

Link: Children’s NHS mental health referrals double in pandemic – The Guardian

Voices: The youth mental health crisis isn’t just someone else’s problem – all of us can make a difference – The Independent

27 September 2021, Bernie Hollywood.  A solo row of 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic ocean will be hard but I take inspiration from young people who have overcome mental health difficulties:

Link: The youth mental health crisis isn’t just someone else’s problem – all of us can make a difference

News: Five a day: UK children with healthy diet have best mental health – Guardian Online

27 September 2021, Andrew Gregory.  Study prompts experts to call for nutrition to be included in public health strategies:

Link: Five a day: UK children with healthy diet have best mental health – The Guardian

Guidance: Physical activity: promotion within primary and secondary care – Public Health England

28 September 2021.  Report and learning from the evidence base and local practice of physical activity promotion in the NHS:

Link: Physical activity: promotion within primary and secondary care

Article: Analysis: Schools question need for the new Reception Baseline – Nursery World

28 September 2021, Catherine Gaunt.  Many teachers remain opposed to the Reception Baseline Assessment, which became a legal requirement for those children who started school this September:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/analysis-schools-question-need-for-the-new-reception-baseline

Article: Cross-party MPs call on ministers to look into impact of Covid-19 on low-income families – Nursery World

22 September 2021, Katy Morton.  The Government is being urged to commission in-depth research examining the impact of the pandemic on struggling families and children living in poverty:

Link: Cross-party MPs call on ministers to look into impact of Covid-19 on low-income families

Article: Four-year-olds deliver petition against tests in Reception to Number 10 – Nursery World

23 September 2021, Catherine Gaunt.  A petition signed by more than 112,000 parents, teachers and campaigners calling for an end to new Baseline tests for children starting school this term was delivered to Downing Street:

Link: Four-year-olds deliver petition against tests in Reception to Number 10

House of Commons Debate:  Baby Loss Awareness Week – Parallel Parliament

23 September 2021.  Text of Commons debate on Baby Loss Awareness Week:

Link: https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/debate/Commons/2021-09-23/debates/00EC198A-02EF-4117-8426-0193A3B1E6E0/BabyLossAwarenessWeek

Article: Early years attendance levels continue to be lower than pre-Covid – Nursery World

22 September 2021, Katy Morton.  The latest Department for Education (DfE) statistics show that the number of children attending early years settings continues to be lower than it was before the pandemic:

Link: Early years attendance levels continue to be lower than pre-Covid

Blog: The Education Hub, ‘The Big Ask’ Survey – The Findings – Department for Education

21 September 2021.  The Children’s Commissioner, Dame Rachel de Souza, published the results of ‘The Big Ask’ survey, the biggest ever consultation undertaken with children:

Link: https://educationhub.blog.gov.uk/2021/09/21/the-big-ask-survey-the-findings/

Press release: Training launched for mental health leads in schools and colleges – Department for Education and Will Quince MP

21 September 2021.  Schools and colleges to benefit from a trained senior mental health lead for those who need support:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/training-launched-for-mental-health-leads-in-schools-and-colleges

Report: Children in poverty: Measurement and targets – House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee

15 September 2021.  House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee Children in poverty: Measurement and targets:

Link: https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/7383/documents/77496/default/

Formal meeting (oral evidence session): Online safety and online harms – UK Parliament

23 September 2021.  Meeting details:

Link: https://committees.parliament.uk/event/5554/formal-meeting-oral-evidence-session/

Research briefing: Advertising to children – House of Commons

22 September 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

Report: Promoting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing – HM Government and Children & Young People’s Mental Health Coalition

September 2021.  A whole school or college approach:

Link: Promoting young people’s mental health and wellbeing

Opinion: The Guardian view on children’s mental health: ministers must pay up – Guardian Online

21 September 2021.  If Dame Rachel de Souza wants to help young people, she should go all out to boost funding for schools:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/21/the-guardian-view-on-childrens-mental-health-ministers-must-pay-up

Article: Government launches new mental health training for schools – Nursery World

21 September 2021, Katy Morton.  The Department for Education has announced funding grants for up to 7,800 primary and secondary schools and colleges to pay for training for senior leaders to roll out an effective ‘whole school’ approach to mental health and wellbeing:

Link: Government launches new mental health training for schools

Opinion: ‘Why are children’s mental health services in crisis?’ – Nursing Times

22 September 2021, Liam Stowell. The current narrative around children’s mental health is one of crisis. There is news story after news story about services being at breaking point:

Link: https://www.nursingtimes.net/opinion/why-are-childrens-mental-health-services-in-crisis-22-09-2021/

Research briefing: Baby Loss Awareness Week – House of Commons

22 September 2021.  A general debate will be held in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 23 September 2021 on Baby Loss Awareness Week. The subject for the debate has been nominated by the Backbench Business Committee, and the debate will be opened by Cherilyn Mackrory MP and Jeremy Hunt MP:

Link: Baby Loss Awareness Week

Research briefing: The investigation of stillbirth – House of Commons

22 September 2021.  This Commons Library briefing paper deals with the way stillbirth is investigated at present and proposals for change:

Link: The investigation of stillbirth

Official Statistics – NDNS: Diet and physical activity – a follow-up study during COVID-19 – Public Health England

22 September 2021.  Results from a follow-up study of National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) participants for food consumption, nutrient intakes and physical activity:

Link: NDNS: Diet and physical activity – a follow-up study during COVID-19

News: Children face ‘agonising’ waits for mental health care – BBC News Online

21 September 2021, Nick Triggle.  Children struggling with mental health problems during the pandemic are facing “agonisingly” long waits for treatment, a BBC investigation has found.  Data from half of England’s services found one in five seen in the past year waited over 12 weeks for care:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-58565067

Article: 4.3 million parents could be without access to early support services – Nursery World

21 September 2021.  Millions of parents are missing out on, or struggling to access, early years support services due to the pandemic, according to Action for Children, which is calling on the Government to implement a ‘minimum service guarantee’:

Link: 4.3 million parents could be without access to early support services

Article: New early years minister announced in PM’s reshuffle – Nursery World

17 September 2021, Katy Morton.  Will Quince has been named as the new children and families minister in the Prime Minister’s Cabinet reshuffle:

Link: New early years minister announced in PM’s reshuffle

News: ‘Mental health pandemic looming’ for children in the UK, charity warns – I News

20 September 2021, Will Hazell. The proportion of support workers reporting mental health problems with children has increased by 10%:

Link: ‘Mental health pandemic looming’ for children in the UK, charity warns – iNews

Article: Supporting children’s mental health critical in closing education gap, says charity – Nursery World

20 September 2021, Katy Morton.  A new report by Buttle UK calls on the Government to tackle the growing number of children in poverty facing ‘significant’ mental health issues due to Covid, before focusing on educational catch-up strategies:

Link: Supporting children’s mental health critical in closing education gap, says charity

Press release: UK to spearhead Europe-wide initiative to reduce sugar and calorie intake in food – Department of Health and Social Care, The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, and Jo Churchill MP

13 September 2021.  UK chosen to lead new WHO Sugar and Calorie Reduction Network after progress with its domestic sugar-reduction programme:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-to-spearhead-europe-wide-initiative-to-reduce-sugar-and-calorie-intake-in-food

Opinion: Leaks just exposed how toxic Facebook and Instagram are to teen girls and, well, everyone – Guardian Online

18 September 2021, Siva Vaidhyanathan.  The company’s own research reveals that Instagram harms teens, that it can’t control anti-vax misinformation, and that there is a secret double standard for VIPs. In short, the problem with Facebook is Facebook:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/18/facebook-instagram-zuckerberg-teenagers

Guardian Online – News: Child poverty now costs Britain £38bn a year, says new independent report

19 September 2021, Toby Helm. Despite Conservative claims to have reduced childhood deprivation, the burden on taxpayers has soared over the past eight years:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/sep/19/child-poverty-now-costs-britain-38bn-a-year-says-new-independent-report

News: Parents warn of tsunami of school-anxiety cases – BBC News Online

15 September 2021.  Parent groups are warning of a “tsunami” of crippling school-anxiety cases leading to persistent and debilitating absence from education:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-58474418]

Research briefing: Children’s Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic – House of Commons

9 September 2021.  The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health has raised serious concerns. While research has been limited, studies suggest a decline in children’s mental health during the pandemic. The Centre for Mental Health’s Andy Bell has fed into this briefing which summarises the latest understanding from research about the effects on children throughout the pandemic, and the factors that increase vulnerability to poor mental health:

Link: Read the UK Parliament’s POSTnote

News: Investigation finds Instagram aware of mental health impact – Open Access Government

16 September 2021. According to the Wall Street Journal, Instagram has been aware of severe mental health impacts on teenage girls for the past three years:

Link: https://www.openaccessgovernment.org/instagram-mental-health-impact/120089/

Research and analysis: Safeguarding children under 1 year old from non-accidental injury – Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

16 September 2021.  National review into babies seriously harmed or killed by their father or male carer:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safeguarding-children-under-1-year-old-from-non-accidental-injury

Article: Minister dismisses parent campaign petition calling for childcare funding review – Nursery World

14 September 2021, Catherine Gaunt.  There will be no independent review into the childcare funding system, children’s minister Vicky Ford has confirmed:

Link:  Minister dismisses parent campaign petition calling for childcare funding review