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May 23, 2023

Most adults support a ban on advertising unhealthy food to children

  • A new YouGov survey for the Obesity Health Alliance (OHA) has found that 79% of people support a TV ban of unhealthy food to children and 81% support a similar online ban.
  • The collection of charities and health organisers, including the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Diabetes UK and Cancer Research UK is calling on the Government to increase its commitment in tackling obesity.
  • 79% think the Government should be doing more to make sure healthy food is affordable during the cost-of-living crisis.
  • A spokeswoman for the Department of Health has said that they have recently announced “£20 million to trial new obesity treatments and technologies”.
  • They have also stated about the introduction of “restrictions banning adverts on TV for foods and drinks high in fat, salt, or sugar before 9pm, as well as paid-for adverts online”.
  • For more, please visit Yahoo’s website.

Safeguarding concerns rising, say 3 in 4 school staff

  • A survey from Tes of over 1,200 school staff has found almost three quarters (73%) feel there are more safeguarding concerns being raised than this time last year.
  • Nearly two fifths (39%) of respondents did not feel there was sufficient guidance for schools overall on dealing with allegations of sexual harassment and violence.
  • One in four (25%) said they don’t think pupils feel safe at school.
  • These findings come after a government report last year found teachers feel “powerless” over pupil safety and safeguarding was hampered by a lack of communication with children’s social care services.
  • For the full story, go to the Tes website.

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Child sexual abuse compensation scheme to be set up in England

  • A compensation scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse (CSA) is due to be launched in England.
  • The scheme is in response to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).
  • The IICSA made 20 recommendations after finding children had faced “limitless” cruelty with the complicity of institutions.
  • The government has said that victims, survivors and charities would be consulted on a number of areas in relation to the scheme.
  • For more, go to the Guardian’s website.