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Limit children's snacks to 100 calories, health body says (02/01/2018)

Half of the sugar young children in England consume comes from unhealthy snacks and sweet drinks, figures show. On average, primary school children have at least three sugary snacks a day, Public Health England found. This means they can easily consume three times more sugar than the recommended maximum. PHE has launched a campaign to encourage parents to look for healthier snacks of no more than 100 calories - and to limit them to two a day.

Full story: BBC

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Gaming addiction classified as disorder by WHO (02/01/2018)

Gaming addiction is to be listed as a mental health condition for the first time by the World Health Organisation. Its 11th International Classification of Diseases (ICD) will include the condition "gaming disorder". The draft document describes it as a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour so severe that it takes "precedence over other life interests". Some countries had already identified it as a major public health issue.

Full story: BBC

CYP Now

Dorset council to invest £1m in children's social work recruitment drive (02/01/2018)

A council is to launch a £1m children's social work recruitment drive in a bid to reduce its children in care population. Dorset County Council is to use the money to recruit 20 additional social workers, who will help reduce caseloads, support families in crisis as well as prevent re-referrals. The local authority hopes that the investment will deliver £1.5m of savings in 2018/19, based on a predicted reduction in the looked-after children population from 440 to 390.

Full story: Children and Young People Now

CYP Now

Childhood obesity campaign targets 'unhealthy snacking' (02/01/2018)

Public Health England (PHE) has launched a campaign to tackle childhood obesity by encouraging parents to clamp down on their children's consumption of unhealthy snacks. The Change4Life campaign urges parents to look for low calorie snacks and limit their children's snacking to two times a day. The move comes after PHE research found that around half of children's sugar intake, of around seven sugar cubes a day, comes from unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks, including sweets, chocolate bars and cakes.

Full story: Children and Young People Now

Community Care

‘High risk’ social worker decision-making change in Working Together guidance questioned (02/01/2018)

A proposed change to Working Together guidance which would see social workers not having to consult managers on certain assessment decisions is “vehemently opposed” by practitioners, a consultation response has said. In its submission to the consultation on changes to working together guidance, which closed at the end of December, the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) said a there was “a lot of concern” among members about changes to social work assessments listed as a “minor” change in the document.

Full story: Community Care

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Sofa surfers: The young hidden homeless (21/12/2017)

Now 23, he says he first became homeless at 15 because of a family breakdown and has been in and out of bedsits, hostels and supported accommodation ever since. "I've stayed at friends' in the past - I've never really had my own actual flat," he says. "I've slept rough quite a few times but most of the time when I've slept rough I have not actually slept.

Full story: BBC

CYP Now

Free childcare to be extended to foster carers (20/12/2017)

Foster carers are to become eligible for 30 hours free childcare, children's minister Robert Goodwill has confirmed. Speaking in a House of Commons debate on the issue, Goodwill said that the government has started drawing up plans to ensure children in foster care are eligible for the extended free entitlement, which was introduced in September. Under the current policy, 30 hours of free childcare is available for parents of three and-four-year-olds if both work more than 16 hours per week and earn less than £100,000 a year.

Full story: Children and Young People Now

CYP Now

MoJ considers deferring prosecutions to address ethnic over-representation (20/12/2017)

The Ministry of Justice is to explore the idea of deferring prosecutions as part of efforts to tackle the over-representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) young people in the youth justice system. In response to Labour MP David Lammy's review of the over-representation of BAME people in the criminal justice system, the MoJ said it is already in talks with the London Mayor's Office about a trial in the capital.

Full story: Children and Young People Now

Sky News

Sex education guidance to undergo revamp for the 'mobile age' (19/12/2017)

A consultation has been launched to try to revamp "out-of-date" guidelines on what children should be taught in sex and relationship lessons. Parents, teachers and young people are being urged to submit their views on what should be included in a new curriculum. It comes after Education Secretary Justine Greening announced sex and relationships education would be made compulsory in all schools in England earlier this year.

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Daily Mail

ALL primary pupils will be given classes on gay and transgender tolerance as part of new relationship lessons (19/12/2017)

Primary school children will be taught to accept gay and transgender people under new government proposals. The Department for Education (DfE) has told campaigners that new relationships lessons will be inclusive of all ‘sexualities and identities’. It is understood classes for young pupils will be ‘age appropriate’ and will focus on acceptance and tolerance of people and families who may be different. This might include families with two mothers or two fathers, or children in their peer group who do not fit stereotypical gender norms.

Full story: Daily Mail

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Fixers: Support for Young Mothers (19/12/2017)

A young woman, who relied on food banks to feed her child, is showing young mums living in emergency accommodation that asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness. Summer Hammond, who went into care at the age of 14, fell pregnant four years later before moving into supported living. The 20-year-old from Margate, Kent has now teamed up with Fixers to produce a short film helping others in her situation to get through what can be a difficult time

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'Race bias' in justice system: Government to unveil action (19/12/2017)

The justice secretary is to outline steps to tackle "race bias" in the criminal justice system in England and Wales. It follows a report from MP David Lammy, which found the system discriminated against people from ethnic minority backgrounds. David Lidington has pledged work on each of Mr Lammy's 35 recommendations. But a proposal aimed at boosting ethnic diversity among the judiciary has not been accepted, it is understood. The Lammy Review, published in September, said that people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds make up 25% of the prison population and 41% of the youth justice system - but only 14% of the general population.

Full story: BBC

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Sexting to online porn: What should sex education lessons cover? (19/12/2017)

Sexting, online pornography, staying safe online, transgender issues - should these topics be included in new sex and relationships education (SRE) guidelines for schools in England? The Department for Education is asking parents and young people for their opinions in an eight-week call for views on what should be covered. The current SRE guidelines have not been updated since the year 2000. Ministers say this is "unacceptable" and want new guidance for autumn 2019. The drive to improve and update SRE in schools in England comes as figures collected by BBC Panorama show a rise in the number of sexual assaults by children.

Full story: BBC

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Government asks teachers to help make sex education relevant to the modern world (19/12/2017)

The new relationships and sex education guidance will cover mental health, staying safe online and issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pupils. The government has asked teachers and pupils to help develop a statutory relationships and sex curriculum that is relevant to the modern world. Teachers, pupils and parents are also being invited to provide views on what kind of relationship and sex (RSE) lessons are appropriate for different age groups.

Full story: TES

Daily Mail

Boy's police ordeal after girl posted naked selfie to him (19/12/2017)

A teenage boy’s mother was threatened with arrest when she refused to let him accept a caution for forwarding a naked selfie a girl had sent to him. The woman spent seven months battling Leicestershire Police after officers raided her home and arrested her 13-year-old son. A custody sergeant refused to admit the boy to a cell because he was inconsolable. Investigators later revealed he was suspected of distributing ‘indecent images of children’ after the girl sent him the unsolicited photo.

Full story: Daily Mail