Guidance

What’s working well in remote education: Published by Ofsted, this guidance draws on findings from its interim visits to provide guidance for schools and colleges to deal with some of the difficulties and challenges that may being facing under these unprecedented circumstances. The guidance also directs the user to other useful resources.

Reports and briefings

Child poverty: the crisis we can’t keep ignoring: Child poverty is a fundamental problem in the UK and has been going on long before the COVID-19 crisis. Child poverty has been increasing in absolute and relative terms for nearly a decade. Since April 2019 and April 2020, there had been a 107% increase in the number of emergency food parcels distributed to children. This report draws on a combination of contributions with the first section examining the need for the Government to have an over-arching plan to tackle child poverty. Section two looks at the development of a child poverty strategy and finally section three looks at the relationship between work and poverty for families.

Working for babies: The first 1001 days of life is extremely important in infant development. This report looks to explore the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on babies in the first 1001 days and their families, across the UK. It also also looks to understand the experiences of systems and services that support them. Finally, it draws on the lessons learnt for the future policy planning.

Research

Association of Maternal Autoimmune Disease With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children: This study aims to understand whether maternal autoimmune disease is associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. The cohort study of 63,050 children showed that any autoimmune disease was associated with ADHD in offspring, type 1 diabetes, psoriasis, and rheumatic fever or rheumatic carditis. Additionally, in a meta-analysis of 5 studies published in the study, children whose mothers had any autoimmune disease, type 1 diabetes, hyperthyroidism, or psoriasis were significantly more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. Therefore, it is important that more research into understanding the mechanisms behind this association is conducted.

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Building back better: Reaching England's left behind children: In Anne Longfield's final speech as Children's Commissioner for England, she argues that children must be at the heart of the country’s efforts to rebuild following the COVID-19 pandemic and that we must use the opportunity to tackle long-standing failures in the way we support children and their families.

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