News 2021: 10 items (Health and Wellbeing)

News 2021: 10 items (Health and Wellbeing)

18/06/2022: Children stressed and self-harming over UK cost of living crisis

The impact of the cost of living crisis on children has led some to start self-harming, a new report by a leading children’s charity has claimed. According to The Childhood Trust, the impact of money worries for British families has caused 47% of children to feel stressed, while 21% of parents said their children smile less because of the financial squeeze.

Read: Guardian

16/06/2022: Demand for Scouts at highest level since WW2

Demand to join the Scouts has reached the highest level since World War Two, according to the organisation behind the movement. The Scout Association said nearly 90,000 young people across the UK are on current waiting lists. They said an “increased zeal” for the outdoors post-pandemic is behind the surge.

Read: BBC

15/06/2022: Pupils missing school need more help

Children need more support to get them into school full-time, as mental-health problems surge, a report says. Pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are among those currently being let down in England’s schools, the report by children’s commissioner Rachel de Souza says.

Read: BBC

14/06/2022: Improved mental health for children who play well with peers by age three

Children who learn to play well with their peers by the age of three are likely to enjoy better mental health later in childhood, according to research from the University of Cambridge.

Read: Guardian

10/06/2022: Rising number of children on free school meals

The number of children eligible for free school meals has risen in every English region. Figures from January show 22.5% of pupils now qualify, up from 20.8% a year earlier – an increase of 160,000, to 1.9 million – and 13.6% in 2018.

Read: BBC

09/06/2022: Smoking age of sale should keep rising forever

The age at which people can buy tobacco and cigarettes in England should be raised year by year so that eventually no-one can buy them, a review says. The call has been made in an independent report by ex-charity boss Javed Khan asked for by ministers. Under the plan the age of sale would rise from 18 by one year every year so the children of today will never be allowed to buy tobacco.

Read: BBC

09/06/2022: University students are far lonelier than other adults – study

Almost one in four students are lonely most or all of the time, according to new research. That is four times worse than the one in 20 adults who said they were similarly lonely in the most recent data for the general population. The findings on student wellbeing are part of a wider snapshot of experiences of being at university in the UK.

Read: BBC

08/06/2022: Disadvantaged children under YOTs ‘least likely’ to access employment schemes

The most disadvantaged young people involved with youth offending services, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), are least likely to be supported through education and employment, new research has found.

Read: Children and Young People Now

01/06/2022: Disadvantaged children’s life chances blighted by Covid-19 and cost of living crisis

The likelihood of improving social mobility for disadvantaged school-aged children is bleak, a major new report looking at the impact of Covid-19 and the cost of living crisis has warned.

Read: Children and Young People Now

30/05/2022: Young people from workless households more likely to be unemployed, ONS data shows

Young people from workless households are significantly more at risk of being out of education and employment themselves, latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows.

Read: Children and Young People Now

23/05/2022: Record 420,000 children are now being treated by the NHS for mental health problems every month, figures show

A record number of children are now being treated for mental health problems on the NHS, according to figures. Latest NHS figures reveal 420,000 under-18s were either undergoing treatment or waiting to start in February.

Read: Daily Mail

19/05/2022: Eating disorder hospital cases up 84% in five years in England

Too many young people have died from eating disorders when their lives could have been saved with early treatment and help, psychiatrists say. New guidance, for all healthcare professionals across the UK sets out how to spot the signs of those at risk and how to best care for them. Hospital admissions for people with eating disorders have risen by 84% over the past five years in England.

Read: BBC

18/05/2022: Concern over young children’s development after lockdowns

The proportion of reception age children developing as expected academically, emotionally and in their communication has dropped markedly following Covid-19 lockdowns, new research shows.

Read: Children and Young People Now

18/05/2022: Younger children most affected by Covid lockdowns, new research finds

The youngest children have been most affected by lockdowns and closures during the Covid pandemic, with new research finding that the educational progress and social development of four- and five-year-olds suffered severely during their first year at school.

Read: Guardian

16/05/2022: Children’s activity levels have not recovered after end of Covid restrictions – study

Children have become more sedentary and their physical activity levels have deteriorated in the wake of the pandemic even after the lifting of restrictions, a study suggests. Researchers said child physical activity levels fell below national guidelines during the Covid-19 crisis and did not recover when lockdowns ended.

Read: Guardian

Share this: