Fair Play for Children News — Health Wellbeing and Education

Jan Cosgrove
71 min readJan 3, 2023

includes Early Years and Child-Care

Fair Play for Children website: http://www.fairplay31.online/index.html

14th March 2023

UK Working Parents are Running Out of Options for Child Care


12th March 2013

11th March 2023

10th March 2023

9th March 2023

Childcare and early years debate in House of Commons main chamber — Committees

Committees — UK Parliament

New report: Ready to learn and thrive: School health and nutrition around the world

UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education

7th March 2023

No Major Offer Expected on Childcare in UK Budget

UK Mothers Say It No Longer Makes Financial Sense to Work

How Countries Leading on Early Years of Child Care Get It Right

4th March 2023

Gov. Pritzker Announces Recommendations from Children’s Behavioral Health Transformation Initiative


2nd March 2023

Child in the City Newsletter — 2 March 2023

9-year-old Kazakhstan boy becomes, India’s first Paediatric Living Donor Intestine Transplant


Corporal punishment in schools: Research and reporting tips to guide your coverage


28th February 2023

Children & Young People Bulletin

February 2023


Children’s social care reform

The Department for Education (DfE) has published its children’s social care implementation strategy and consultation alongside two additional consultations considering the children’s social worker workforce focusing particularly on agencies, and a proposed children’s social care national framework.

In our response we welcomed much of the strategy, though raised concerns about the shortfall in funding and the timescales for change. We have published a briefing on the strategy. If you have comments you would like to feed into the LGA’s response to any of these consultations, please contact louise.smith@local.gov.uk.

Start for Life parent and carer panel: guidance for local authorities

New guidance has been released to support local authorities to develop parent and carer panels as part of the Start for Life programme. The guidance focuses on how to establish panels to effectively engage parents and carers.

Report into prevention and diversion by YJB, AYM and Probation Service

A report by the Youth Justice Board (YJB), Association of YOT Managers (AY) and the Probation service has found that on average more than half of youth justice service caseloads were of children receiving preventative or diversionary support. However, there are gaps in data and confusion over definitions of early intervention practices.

National Youth Sector Census

The NYA is looking to establish where and what youth provision is taking place throughout England and is seeking youth organisations working with young people to input their data to make the case for investment to government. Councils are asked to fill out the National Youth Sector Census.

State of the nation 2021: children and young people’s wellbeing

The Department for Education has produced their annual report on the wellbeing of children and young people. The report finds that wellbeing is showing small signs of recovery after a reduction in 2020. However, there is variation in wellbeing with female respondents reporting lower wellbeing than male in secondary school.

Department for Education launches new online Early Years Child Development Training

The government has launched the new Early Years Child Development Training.This was following a public testing phase in November 2022. The government would love as many early years practitioners, childminders, and school based nursery teachers as possible to be made aware of the training. They have asked for support in promoting the training in your own networks and communications channels, including social media, where appropriate.

Senior mental health lead in school training

There is still time to take up the Department for Education’s (DfE) grant of £1,200 for eligible state-funded schools and colleges in England to train a senior mental health lead to develop and implement a whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing. This training is not compulsory. Eligible schools and colleges are now able to apply for a senior mental health lead training grant to commence training by 31 July 2023. Grants will be provided to cover (or contribute to) the cost of attending a quality assured course and may also be used to hire supply staff while leads are engaged in learning.

Early Years Nutrition Landscape

The early years nutrition landscape is complex and diverse, with many different stakeholders involved in many different interventions. The LGA has commissioned an insight report into the early years nutrition local authority landscape. The report will offer insight and observations into how councils can best ensure that their early years nutrition policy and practice is delivering the best outcomes for babies and young children. We want to understand what opportunities and barriers exist, and whether there are common themes that emerge for all councils to consider.

Partnership with Health Equals

The Local Government Association has become a core partner member of a 5-year initiative funded by the Health Foundation. Health Equals will work with a diverse membership from across different sectors and determinants of health — from housing and employment, to education and the environment. Through powerful and evidence-based campaigns, Health Equals wants to shape a new public conversation about health and wellbeing, and influence national policy to prioritise health in a way that recognises the importance of the world around us.

Concerns over future of swimming and leisure services as due energy cost relief ending on 31 March

On 22 February, a coalition of more than 200 bodies and individuals from the worlds of health, sport, recreation, and leisure wrote to the Prime Minister with an urgent plea for greater support for grassroots facilities and clubs amid the ongoing energy crisis.

With energy costs relief for the UK’s swimming pools, leisure centres, community facilities, and gyms ending on 31 March, thousands of facilities and clubs are at risk of permanent closure or reduced services, as public and private sector organisations of all sizes face unprecedented financial challenges, with bills remaining up to 200% higher than normal.

Supporting children who display harmful behaviour

The Centre of expertise on CSA has published a new “key messages from research” document summarising evidence on children who display HSB (we have used acronyms to prevent this email being caught in your email filters), including prevention and interventions.


National Children and Adult Services Conference 2023 | 29 November — 1 December 2023 | Bournemouth

Bookings are open for #ncasc23.

The National Children and Adult Services Conference is a must-attend event for councillors, directors, senior officers, directors of public health, policy makers and service managers, and any individuals or organisations with responsibilities for children and adult services in the statutory, voluntary and private sector. Join us to hear about and respond to the very latest thinking on key policy and improvement agendas in social care, children’s services, education, health and related fields.

To book and to find out more, please visit the conference website.

Annual Public Health Conference 2023 | Tuesday 21 March — Thursday 23 March 2023

This key annual public health conference will take place over three half day virtual sessions, offering delegates the opportunity to hear from leading expert speakers on the very latest thinking in national public health policy issues, as well as gaining insights from those delivering on the ground. Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in sessions sharing good practice from local areas and to discuss issues that matter to them.

This conference is being run by the LGA in partnership with the Association of Directors and Public Health (ADPH) and the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) and is free to attend.

For more information and to book your place, please visit the event page.

Further details of all LGA’s events can be found on our website.

25th February 2023

24th February 2023

23rd February 2023

22nd February 2023

21st February 2023

18th February 2023

February 2023

Census 2021 — education results published today

Poorest learners benefit the least from public education: UNICEF | UN News

Sex education legal challenge rejected in High Court

Child in the City Newsletter — 26 January 2023

January 2023

Andy Burnham’s answer to school leavers who don’t want to go to university

Polish president says he will not sign proposed education bill — Reuters UK

Understanding CAMHS — for 11–18 year olds


Abortion —

Arab mothers often unable to enroll children in preschool — study — Israel News — The Jerusalem Post

Nearly 20% of Child Deaths in England Sudden, Unexpected, Unexplained — Bloomberg

Tesco leads call for government action on obesity after junk food ads backtrack | News | The Grocer

UK’s Telegraph Group Cuts Paternity Leave From Six Months to Two — Bloomberg

Generation of children held back as 200,000 wait for key NHS care | The Independent

20m out-of-school children: UBEC, SUBEBs strategise to reduce number

The UK’s Adoption Industry Is In Crisis

Staff to child ratios in early years childcare — House of Commons Library

‘More Than Half’ of England’s Schools Planning ‘Catastrophic’ Staff Redundancies — Bloomberg

New pneumococcal vaccine licensed for use in children in the UK | Nursing Times

Manx Language Is Experiencing a Revival on the Isle of Man — The New York Times

Out-of-School Children and Obasanjo’s Boko Haram Fears

Independent review of children’s social care — House of Lords Library

Boy, 5, with sickle cell disease struck with flu in ‘terrifying’ ordeal as ‘paediatric winter’ hits | UK News | Sky News

Vedolizumab in paediatric IBD: a huge step forward but not there yet — The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Children and Young People’s Treatment: When Parents, Doctors and Local Authority Disagree

The crisis of maternal and child health in Afghanistan — The Lancet

New WHO recommendations for the care of preterm or low birthweight infants have the potential to transform maternal and newborn health-care delivery — The Lancet

Health and Safety Executive to prosecute city council over death of girl hit by falling tree at school

Global investments to optimise the health and wellbeing of children with disabilities: a call to action — The Lancet

Ditch SEND reforms and introduce “robust set of consequences” for local authorities that break the law, lawyers for families tell Department for Education

Council told to pay £15k over failures in relation to provision of suitable alternative education

How can schools mitigate the risk of school staff being assaulted?

Report: Measles An ‘Imminent Threat’ To Unvaccinated Children

Devices, loud venues could cause hearing loss in 1 billion young people : NPR

Study finds ‘huge’ increase in children going to the emergency room with suicidal thoughts | CNN

NI Education: Children will be ‘poor cousins’ after Stormont budget — BBC News

Education and Access Laws for Children with Hearing Loss — American Cochlear Implant Alliance

HIV prevention and treatment progress for children, adolescents, and pregnant women nearly flat over past few years — UNICEF

UNICEF seeks $27.5 million to step up cholera response in Haiti | UN News

Three years of flatlined progress on HIV treatment and prevention affect 2.7 million youth | UN News

Webinar: Putting children first — Towards a better outcome for children and newborns with drug-resistant infections | GARDP

Children exposed to lead may experience symptoms of dementia sooner — study | Dementia | The Guardian

The Guardian view on children’s mental health: pills and apps aren’t the solution | Editorial | The Guardian

CDC warns of bacteria in dental waterlines after disease outbreaks in children

Madrassa Blast Kills At Least 15 In Northern Afghanistan

Croydon council fails to provide respite for disabled teen’s mum — Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

Evaluation of the safety, immunogenicity, and faecal shedding of novel oral polio vaccine type 2 in healthy newborn infants in Bangladesh: a randomised, controlled, phase 2 clinical trial — The Lancet

Legal challenge dismissed over transfer of London school to multi-academy trust

Council told to pay over £7k after failing to provide alternative education for autistic boy

[VIDEO] Music Therapy, Autism, and Action Research: Building Connections | Teachers College Press | Blog

Autistic child’s family compensated after ‘irreparable damage’ — Wales Online

Investigation: The full story behind Suffolk’s SEND crisis | East Anglian Daily Times

For disabled children of military parents, frequent moves can lead to schooling and health care gaps | NCPR News

Millions of Afghan children inoculated against measles, polio in 1st Statewide drive since 2021 transition | UN News

With UNICEF support, Haiti kickstarts campaign to immunize about 1.7 million people against cholera — Haiti | ReliefWeb

Eyebou: AI for eye-screening children to detect vision disorders | UNICEF Innovation Fund

Opinion | ‘Restraint and seclusion’ harms kids. So why is it used in schools? — The Washington Post

Thousands of children to benefit from schools fit for the future — GOV.UK

“I’m optimistic that one day children will no longer die of cholera” | UNICEF Supply Division

Free preschool childcare and after-school clubs ‘could save families over £6000 a year’

Toward Free Education for All Children | Human Rights Watch

Parents struggle to find specialized dental care for children with disabilities | Youth Today

Calls for changes to special educational needs funding system — BBC News

LocalGov.co.uk — Your authority on UK local government — Children from violent homes to receive mental health support



Jan Cosgrove

National Secretary of Fair Play for Children, Also runs Bognor Regis Herald online. Plus runs British Music Radio online