The big story: slipping through the net

With the number of health visitors falling and those that remain carrying ever greater caseloads, there is a real risk of missing contact with vulnerable children. But what can be done to mitigate that risk?

Australia: dummies don’t cause speech disorder

Dummies are not associated with phonological impairment, a study has found.

Denmark: poorer children more likely to commit violent crime or self-harm

Children from poorer families are at greater risk of being involved in violent crime and harming themselves as young adults, a study has shown.

UK: AI helps predict why children struggle at school

Researchers have harnessed artificial intelligence (AI) to better identify why children struggle at school.

USA: gene activity may ease stress of breastfed babies

Breastfed babies react less to stress because of epigenetic changes made by maternal behaviour, a study suggests.

USA: verbs not nouns make children persistent

Encouraging children ‘to help’ rather to be ‘helpers’ can make them more persistent when carrying out tricky daily tasks.

Canada: two-thirds of children fall short in ‘physical literacy’

Around two-thirds of Canadian children have failed to achieve an acceptable level of physical literacy, according to results from a large national research project.

Scotland: retirees will mentor newly qualified nurses

Up to 100 retired nurses will be trained as ‘professional practice advisers’ to mentor new NHS recruits.

England: virgin wins back HCP contract after legal challenge

A council ordered by the High Court to re-run the procurement process for health-visiting and school-nursing services has identified Virgin Care as the preferred bidder for a second time.

Scotland: student nursing bursary increases to £10,000

The first minister has announced plans to increase bursaries for nursing and midwifery students from £6578 to £10,000 a year by 2020-21.

England: more HV checks for at-risk families, says Commissioner

15,800 babies under the age of one are considered by local authorities to be vulnerable and at risk from harm, but still living at home

Northern Ireland: Unite demands reduction in health worker pay gap

Unite has called for action on health workers’ pay after a new bill puts civil servants in the driving seat at deadlocked Stormont.

Scotland: poorer children have worse dental health

Children in Scotland’s most deprived areas are more likely to have tooth decay than their more affluent peers.

Wales: earlier mental health support in schools

Pupils will receive earlier mental health support in schools to prevent more serious problems in later life.

England: losing race to improve children’s health

A report from the RCPCH projected that in 2030 there would be 50% more A&E attendances for young children and young people.

Northern Ireland: welfare reform ‘traps more children in poverty’

The number of children trapped in poverty will increase because of changes to social security benefits.

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