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Parents underestimate children's weight

Weighing scales Credit: PA

Research by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and UCL Institute of Child Health suggests that many parents with obese children may not recognise that their child is overweight, unless they are at very extreme levels of obesity.

The study claims parents were more likely to underestimate their child's weight if the child was male or if they were black or south Asian, or from more deprived backgrounds.

The researchers explained that parents' underestimations may be caused by a fear of being judged or an unwillingness to label a child as overweight.

Tower Hamlets named best for school meals service

Children in Tower Hamlets are enjoying the best school meals service in Britain. Catering staff in the area, who serve up meals for a staggering 24,000 children everyday, have been named catering service of the year in the industries biggest awards.

Children in Tower Hamlets are enjoying the best school meals service in Britain. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Tower Hamlets Council's Contract Services staff won the title at the annual Lead Association for Education Catering (LACA) Awards.


Leadership under fire over standard of child protection

As it stands today, there are 20 councils [across the whole of England] where the standard of child protection is unacceptably poor and judged to be inadequate.

Incompetent and ineffective leadership must be addressed quickly. But where those in leadership positions have capacity and potential, this must be recognised and nurtured.

Too much leadership volatility in social care is counter-productive - that goes without saying.

One in three local authorities has had a change in their director of children's services last year alone. The combination of unstable communities and political and managerial instability in our social care services is a dangerous mix.

– Sir Michael Wilshaw , chief inspector


Misconceptions and fear of rejection fuels foster carer shortage

It is estimated that it takes four years from someone to think they would like to foster to actually picking up the phone and making their initial enquiry.

So often the reason behind this delay is because of the misconceptions they have, and their fear of rejection.

But this could be prevented by helping people to understand that in the majority of cases they can foster and that have a lot to offer a young person in care.

– Jacqueline Georghiou, Action for Children

London facing big shortfall in foster carers

London is facing a shortage of 1,250 foster carers this year according to new figures. Charity, Action for Children, says the figures for London are the worst of any region of the UK, caused in part by many of the myths around who is allowed to foster.

The new findings reveal the scale of misunderstandings held around fostering Credit: ITV News/Martin Stew

Child poverty on the rise in London schools

School staff members say poverty for children is on the rise Credit: PA

A UNISON survey published today reveals the shocking impact of child poverty in schools around London . The survey shows that 72 percent of those surveyed in London believe that children at their school are living in poverty.

School staff believe the damaging effects on pupils are clear and poverty is on the rise all across the capital.

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