30/06/22 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 30/06/22.

Article: Fall in more than 4,000 childcare providers in a year – Nursery World

29 June 2022. The early years sector has seen the biggest drop in the number of providers in more than six years:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/fall-in-more-than-4-000-childcare-providers-in-a-year

Commons Debate: Draft Mental Health Bill – Parallel Parliament

27 June 2022. The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (Sajid Javid) gives a statement on plans to bring the Mental Health Act 1983 into the 21st century:

Link: https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/debate/2022-06-27/commons/commons-chamber/draft-mental-health-bill

Clinical news: ‘Government will miss childhood obesity target, without urgent action,’ new analysis shows – Nursing in Practice

27 June 2022, Louise McEvoy. Projections have warned that around 40% of 10 to 11-year-olds will be obese or overweight by 2030 if trends in childhood obesity continue at their current rate, with health experts calling for ‘bold steps’ to be taken to tackle this ‘public health crisis’:

Link: https://www.nursinginpractice.com/clinical/obesity-and-nutrition/government-will-miss-childhood-obesity-target-without-action/

Article: UK is failing fostered children with mental health problems, warns charity – Guardian Online

26 June 2022, Donna Ferguson.  Report suggests half of all foster carers are looking after a child with complex needs:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/jun/26/uk-is-failing-fostered-children-with-mental-health-problems-warns-charity

Article: Revealed: scandal of England’s ‘inadequate’ private children’s homes – The Observer: Guardian Online

26 June 2022, Niamh McIntyre, Karl Martinsson, Michael Savage and Shanti Das.  Private equity links and the pursuit of profit come with risks for children in the care sector, say experts:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/jun/26/england-private-childrens-homes-inadequate-ofsted

Report: Early childhood inequalities – Institute for Fiscal Studies

23 June 2022. IFS Denton Review: While there is widespread agreement in societies like the UK that every child has the right to a secure childhood and the opportunity to develop to their full potential, this does not match with reality for many of the 4 million children under the age of 5 currently living in the UK:

Link: https://ifs.org.uk/inequality/early-childhood-inequalities-chapter/

Report: Evaluating innovation in children’s social care – National Audit Office

24 June 2022.  The Department for Education has already subjected its innovation projects to academic evaluation, and What Works for Children’s Social Care (fully operational since 2019) is reviewing the ongoing projects. The DfE has designed this report as a case study of a department’s approach to using evaluation within a policy development cycle:

Link: https://www.nao.org.uk/report/evaluating-innovation-in-childrens-social-care/?slide=1

News: Number of young people referred over mental health highest ever, says charity – Daily Mail

15 June 2022.  The number of young people being referred to mental health services is the highest since figures started being collected, according to NHS data.  In March 2022, 90,789 young people were referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Health services, the most since the measure first began being collected in January 2016:

Link: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-10917487/Number-young-people-referred-mental-health-highest-says-charity.html

Article: Duchess of Cambridge Calls for Early Years to be Made a ‘Societal Priority’ – Children & young People Now

17 June 2022, Fiona Simpson.  The Duchess of Cambridge has called for early child development to be made a national priority in light of research showing many people do not recognise the importance of the early years:

Link: https://www.cypnow.co.uk/news/article/duchess-of-cambridge-calls-for-early-years-to-be-made-a-societal-priority

News: Impact of Covid on childcare – Nursery Management Today

22 June 2022. Concern for the inequality gap has increased as children from ethnic minority and disadvantaged backgrounds missed out on “considerably more” early years education during the pandemic:

Link: https://nmt-magazine.co.uk/impact-of-covid-on-childcare/