Family Hubs

10 January 2022

Family hubs will be central to the way services are delivered for children and families. Rebecca Fisk outlines the Government’s championing and commitment of a different way to deliver services at the universal, targeted and enhanced support levels.

10 ways schools can help promote and support good mental health in children

7 January 2022

In its Make It Count campaign, the Mental Health Foundation points out that young people are currently facing unprecedented pressures which are contributing to a range of mental health problems including anxiety, depression, self-harm and eating disorders. It says that more than 1 in 10 children aged 10–15 say they have no one to talk to or would not talk to anyone in school if they feel worried or sad.

EU exit watch — New year, new Brexit negotiator

7 January 2022

In a New Year’s Eve speech on Brexit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson put returning the crown stamps to pint glasses and scrapping a ban on selling goods in pounds and ounces in his list of the “key successes” since the UK left the EU.

L&D predictions for 2022

7 January 2022

Predicting the future is never easy and, in a world that changes constantly, it has become extremely difficult to predict what is just around the corner. 2021 was a very tough year for most people and for those working in learning and development (L&D) last year was no exception. Here, Judith Christian-Carter takes a look at what some influential L&D professionals predict for 2022, including their hopes and dreams, and how L&D can prepare to make the year a successful one.

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

6 January 2022

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme repays employers the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid to employees. SSP can be claimed for employees who were off work on or before 30 September 2021 and is payable even where individuals no longer work for the business.

Supporting staff through Blue Monday

6 January 2022

Blue Monday is set to take place on Monday 17 January 2022. This marks the supposedly “most depressing day of the year.” Whilst the come-down after the festive period is undeniable — many are worn out from running from pillar to post and entertaining those family members, who for the most part, are successfully avoided. However, there has been growing criticism in previous years over the toll such a day takes on individuals who are already struggling with their mental health. Many worry in advance, thinking the Monday will be gloomier than all others. As such, it’s important for employers to leverage their stance on this carefully, to ensure they are supporting their people in the best possible way.