Covid restrictions have left young children lacking social skills

  • An Ofsted report has found babies and toddlers struggling to crawl and communicate, low in confidence and with speech and language difficulties, as a result of pandemic learning loss.
  • Inspectors found children at nurseries are struggling to make friends and use the toilet independently.
  • Delays in development mean more children are unlikely to be ready for school by the age of four.
  • You can read the full story on the Telegraph’s website

UK to ban gambling ads featuring sports and reality TV stars

  • Gambling and betting companies will be banned from using advertising with sports personalities, reality TV or social media stars.
  • Under current rules, an advert is only banned if it appeals to an under 18-year-old more than an adult.
  • Under new rules, the ad will be banned if it is likely to ‘be of strong appeal to young people, by reflecting or being associated with youth culture’.
  • You can read the full story on The Guardian’s website.

UK Treasury to regulate some cryptocurrencies

  • The Treasury will regulate certain cryptocurrencies as part of a wider plan to make the UK a hub for digital payment companies.
  • Stablecoins will become recognised forms of payment to give people confidence in using digital currencies.
  • So called “Stablecoins” have stable value like traditional currencies.
  • Cryptocurrencies can pose a risk to children and young people, firstly due to its volatile nature and value to cash and secondly because of the risk of scamming.
  • You can read the full story on the BBC’s website.

Welsh government seeks legal advice on banning conversion therapy

  • The Welsh government seeks legal advice after the UK proposed a ban to stamp out the harmful practice of conversion therapy for gay people, but not trans people.
  • They said the omission of trans people was ‘unacceptable’.
  • Former director of legislative affairs at No.10 said that the omission of trans people would have ‘profound consequences for children struggling with gender dysphoria’.
  • You can read the full story on the ITV website.