National Partner Updates - Children and Young People
Posted: Wed, 05 May 2021 11:16
Childhood obesity contributes to a range of physical and mental health conditions. In April, the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology posted a research briefing on the key areas around Childhood Obesity. The main point is that obesity is complex. It is driven by multiple behavioural, social, and environmental factors. interacting behavioural, social, and environmental factors. The National Child Measurement Programme data reveals that increasing childhood obesity is associated within equality.
Children with obesity are at increased risk of mental and physical health problems, some of which can persist into adulthood. Children and their parents face barriers in accessing weight management services, and there is limited evidence to determine which interventions work best to reduce obesity. Stakeholders argue that the Government's current focus on individual behaviours, improving diet and restricting unhealthy food and drink marketing is insufficient to halve childhood obesity prevalence by 2030.
Successful reductions in childhood obesity may require a broader set of initiatives in educational settings, town planning and health services.
Safe Practice: in Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity
This resource helps teachers, coaches and school governors protect their students and themselves from potential risks across both the curriculum and extracurricular activities.
New Level 4 Qualification in Supporting Pupils' Wellbeing Through Physical Education
The new 'Level 4 Qualification in Supporting Pupils' Wellbeing Through Physical Education' is a nationally recognised qualification that enables delegates to become specialists in supporting the emotional and social wellbeing of pupils through physical education.
2. Sport England
In April, Sport England's latest national report reminded us that not everyone has been impacted equally by the pandemic. It suggests that "we owe it to the groups disproportionately affected – women, young people, disabled people, people with a long-term health condition, and those from a Black or Asian background in particular – to do everything we can to help them to return to activity in the coming weeks and months. In particular, the decline in activity levels in the 16-24 age group is of major concern – helping and inspiring young people to re-engage with sport and physical activity has now to be a number one priority not just for Sport England but for us all!
The report has also shown that, while new and more informal forms of physical activity are a great option for many, the role that organised sports and teams and our gyms and pools up and down the country play is still vital – not least in connecting our communities and reaffirming the social bonds we all need. The government understands this, and we will continue to work closely with them to ensure the sport and physical activity sector remains a priority on the roadmap to reopening (Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England Chief Executive Officer).
3. Swim England
View the latest information about School Swimming and meeting the current Government guidelines in 2021.
Coronavirus Support Live – Recovery and Inspiration
The Youth Sport Trust will be running another round of virtual CPD from 17-21 May themed around Recovery and Inspiration. This will include sessions focused on engaging young people in the Active Recovery term.
Return to School Support
Youth Sport Trust have developed a return to school sport planning tool that is free to access which could help support your enrichment offer for the summer term. Other new free resources are being uploaded on an ongoing basis.
Child Wellbeing Survey Results
The Youth Sport Trust, supported by the Gregson Family Foundation, recently commissioned YouGov to undertake research into parents' attitudes to their children's wellbeing. It revealed that 64% of parents place the wellbeing of their children over academic attainment. Parents also recognise the importance of PE and school sport in helping support children's wellbeing and 81% believe that cuts to PE, sport and break time in schools are likely to have a negative impact.