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Government Response To Consultation On Transforming Children And Young People's Mental Health

Cherylynn Wray - Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 

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NCMP Trends In Children’s Body Mass Index 2006/07-2016/17: Slide Set Presentation

Cherylynn Wray - Thursday, July 26, 2018 -

PHE Risk Factors Intelligence has produced a slide set presentation of trends in children’s body mass index 2006/07-2016/17 using National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) data. It shows that the proportion of children in Year 6 (aged 10-11 years) with severe obesity has reached the highest point since records began and that stark health inequalities continue to widen. It also shows an upward trend of excess weight, obesity and severe obesity in Year 6 children; a downward trend of excess weight, overweight, obesity and severe obesity in Reception age boys; and a downward trend of underweight in Reception age boys and girls, and Year 6 girls.


The PowerPoint slides present key data and information on the trends in child body mass index from the NCMP in clear, easy to understand charts and graphics. They show overall trends in obesity, overweight, excess weight, severe obesity and underweight prevalence over time. The slides can be downloaded and used freely with acknowledgement to Public Health England. The slides are also available to download from the PHE Obesity Intelligence KHub Public Library

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School Nurses From Across The Country Have Promised To Tackle Childhood Body Image

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, July 24, 2018 -

Hundreds of delegates from the School and Public Health Nurses Association (SAPHNA) gathered at their annual conference in Manchester on Tuesday to receive the Fixers report on Body Image.


Fixer Ellie Hawcutt, 16, presented the report findings and asked the nurses to help bring about change in schools.


'The atmosphere at the event was really positive,' said Ellie. 'A lot of them were recognising they needed to spend more time with the students talking about body image.


'We can all do a little bit and I hope this report and the school nurses will bring about change.'


The report, titled Girls Fixing Body Issues , draws on the findings from workshops we have been holding across the country this year.

Girls aged between 16 and 25 have been asked to discuss body image in relation to five key areas: Home, health, school, employment and the media.

The workshops, funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, through the Tampon Tax Fund, culminated in a one-day event in London which saw young people talking about their experiences of body image and self-esteem with professional facilitators.


During the afternoon, celebrity campaigner Melissa Johns, and body positive ambassador Fixer Shannon Finnan co-hosted a debate where the young people and audience members contributed to the body image discussion.


Hear from others affected by this issue. Click to read their stories.


Themes from the workshops and London event have been developed into a significant report, which Fixers will use to help bring about change.

Recommendations include asking for regular and consistent PSHE lessons which include discussions on how to cope with the scrutiny and pressure young girls find themselves under over body image.


Young women are also calling for a relaxed approach to school uniform and makeup would better prepare them for college or employment and help them feel more relaxed in the classroom.


Sharon White, CEO of SAPHNA, attended the event and said: 'The response to the launch of the report has been immensely positive.

'Delegates – ranging from front-line practitioners, national leads, commissioners and directors of public health – all agree this is an excellent, high quality and informative report and intend to use this, the microsite and resources, to support their work with schools, children and young people, families and stakeholders regarding body image and the impact this can and does have on the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people.

'SAPHNA will continue to work with Fixers on this project and capitalise on the strength of feeling from the conference delegates to jointly address some of the report recommendations.'


To read the report, visit our dedicated microsite here.


To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.



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RCN - Health Needs In Schools And Community Settings

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, July 24, 2018 -

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Teenage Pregnancy

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, July 24, 2018 -

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Last Summer In Soho - Fictional Book Published By Jessica Streeting

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, July 24, 2018 -

This novel charts a fictitious summer term through the eyes of Sylvie, a community school nurse working in Soho, London.

Sylvie and her stretched but resourceful team strive to serve the diverse children and families who live and work in this contemporary London setting.
Based in a magnificent, dilapidated old building which becomes central to the plot, and beset by diminishing funds and a tide of need that threatens to overwhelm, the team hit on an idea to make the summer term go with a bang, offering first aid classes after school in Soho Square. The initiative gathers pace and serves as a natural back drop to the everyday extraordinariness of these children's lives.

Sylvie's best friend and confidante is Finn, who in contrast to the London narrative, lives in Cromer Norfolk, where she is trying to establish a beach café on the windswept coast. These two worlds become increasingly interwoven when tragedy strikes at the heart of the community.

The tone of the novel is funny, sad and surreal, holding the health and wellbeing of children at its heart and offering authentic insight into the lives of London children today.

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National School Breakfast Programme

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, July 24, 2018 -

Free breakfast food, start-up grant and expert support available to eligible schools.


Funding from central government is available now to set up or improve breakfast provision, via the new National School Breakfast Programme, in over 1,770 schools in disadvantaged areas of England.


The Department for Education’s National School Breakfast Programme is being delivered by Magic Breakfast and Family Action, who are recruiting schools now which either have no existing breakfast provision, or breakfast provision where there is scope for improvement (according to specific criteria).


Most schools that sign up to the National School Breakfast Programme will receive as much free, healthy breakfast food, delivered straight to the door, as is needed to feed every child at risk of hunger in those schools. In addition to resources and best practice events, a dedicated member of the NSBP team will be available to support each school and a £500 start-up grant will be available to buy necessary equipment such as toasters or a freezer.


Healthy school breakfasts benefit pupils by improving their concentration, behaviour, attendance, punctuality and educational attainment. Research funded by the Education Endowment Foundation found that Y2 pupils in schools providing a free, nutritious breakfast, boosted their reading, writing and maths by an average of 2 months’ progress per year, compared to pupils in schools with no such breakfast provision.


Schools can find out if they are eligible for support from the National School Breakfast Programme by filling in an Expression of Interest form here and returning it to

Please spread the word to the schools in your area who you think would benefit from this exciting opportunity to ensure their pupils get a healthy start to their day.


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New E-Learning: Developing EHC Plans From Year 9 And Beyond | Council For Disabled Children

Cherylynn Wray - Monday, July 23, 2018 -

The Council for Disabled Children has produced some new e-learning, designed to support those involved in developing education, health and care (EHC) plans for young people from year 9 and beyond.

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The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families - Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools

Cherylynn Wray - Monday, July 23, 2018 -

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has produced a booklet for primary and secondary schools to support all staff working in school settings to understand how best to help children and young people in their care.

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ADPH - Four Nations Study

Cherylynn Wray - Monday, July 23, 2018 -

Four Nations Study – A comparative systems review and thematic policy analysis of public health across the four constituent countries of the UK

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