Domestic abuse: the danger indoors

Journalist Juliette Astrup explores the worrying surge in domestic abuse during the Covid-19 lockdown and what is being done to address it.

News in numbers: May/June 2020

A breakdown of community health news this month, in numbers. Download the PDF, here

Advice for six-week newborn check during pandemic

Health visitors and paediatricians have published advice for parents who may not be able to attend the six-week GP check for newborn babies during the Covid-19 pandemic.

England: RSPH refreshes public health toolkit for professionals

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has published a toolkit to support healthcare professionals to record and measure their public health impact.

Mobile devices may blunt children’s self-regulation

Children who begin using mobile and screen media devices earlier in life have lower self-regulation skills, those needed to plan, control, and monitor their thoughts, feelings and behaviours, says a study.

Could smoking-style health warnings on alcohol and snacks really work?

Health warning labels (HWLs) to reduce public consumption of alcohol and energy-dense snacks have been tested on the public.

More overweight and obese children in deprived areas

Overweight and obesity rates in children and adolescents have slightly decreased during the past decade, but risen among those in disadvantaged and deprived areas.

Scotland: £1m funding for perinatal mental health

New annual funding of up to £1m will be made available to charities from this August, to help the mental wellbeing of new families. 

The ‘profound’ impact on mental health from Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic could have a ‘profound’ and ‘pervasive’ impact on global mental health, now and in the future, warn a total of 24 leading experts on mental health, including neuroscientists, psychologists and public health experts.

Scotland: minimum alcohol pricing fails to dent underage drinking habits

Minimum unit pricing (MUP) of alcohol has had no impact on under-18s’ drinking habits, say researchers

England: jab drives HPV to lowest level in 12 years

Cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV) infections are now at a very low level in young, sexually active women in England, following the introduction of the HPV vaccination in 2008.

England: meningococcal vaccine reduces disease by almost two-thirds

Infant vaccination against group B meningococcal disease (MenB) has significantly reduced the number of cases of the disease in young children, research by Public Health England shows.

Wales: extra help for the hidden homeless

A major new campaign to tackle hidden homelessness among young people has been launched by the Welsh Government.

Wales: funding doubled for ‘whole school’ mental health projects

The Welsh Government has doubled the funding available to local authorities and local health boards to support the mental health of children and young people.

News in numbers: March/April 2020

A breakdown of community health news this month, in numbers. Download the PDF, here

England: free period products made available to school students

State schools and colleges in England can now order free period products for students as part of a government scheme to tackle period poverty. 

NMC to revamp post-registration SCPHN standards

The NMC will develop new ‘bespoke’ specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN) standards of proficiency for health visitors, school nurses and occupational health nurses.

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