Lonely teenagers more likely to have poor educational outcomes

A study examining loneliness in adolescence found those affected were more likely to achieve poor educational outcomes.

Wales: income for care leavers introduced in pilot scheme

All young people leaving care who turn 18 during a 12-month period will be offered the chance to take part in a basic income pilot, the Welsh Government has announced.

Attend anywhere

SCPHN lecturer Bridget Halnan on using digital technology to maintain a Healthy Child Programme service during lockdown and perceptions from service users.

MacQueen bursary 2022

Winning a bursary can progress your professional development and further the work you do. Find out how to enter, plus hear from some of last year’s recipients.

'There is a lot to be won'

A New Year message from Unite general secretary Sharon Graham.

Leading the way

All the highlights from the latest Unite-CPHVA 2021 Virtual Professional Conference, held in November.

Scotland: New learning hub for professionals to improve public health

Public Health Scotland (PHS) has launched an online public health learning hub to support people working in public services.

Could the science of early childhood be taught in schools?

Nearly 4000 11-to 14-year-olds across the UK took part in a project of special science lessons that taught the importance of brain development during early childhood.

Northern Ireland: free period product pilot scheme rolls out in schools

A three-year pilot programme has been launched to make period products freely available to pupils in primary, secondary, special schools and EOTAS (education other than at school) settings.

News in numbers: September/October 2021

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

Swimming may boost children’s vocabulary

A recent study by the University of Delaware suggests swimming could help improve vocabulary learning among children. 

Investigation: peer-on-peer sexual abuse

Peer-on-peer sexual abuse and harassment among children and young people isn’t new, but we are becoming more aware of its prevalence. Journalist Anna Scott finds out what’s going on.

England: HEE boosts clinical placements in 2021-22 by £15m

Health Education England (HEE) has pledged extra funding to increase the number of placements offered to nursing, midwifery, allied health professional (AHP) and healthcare students from September 2021.

NMC consultation to modernise nursing education standards

The NMC has launched a consultation on new draft education standards ‘to modernise community and public health nursing standards’ in the UK.

Scotland: more funding for students to ensure practical education

Nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students are set to access alternative clinical placements to ‘support their practical education disrupted by Covid’, the Scottish Government has announced.

Two-thirds of students say their mental health is worse due to pandemic

To understand how the pandemic has been affecting students, the Higher Education Policy Institute and YouthSight polled more than 1000 full-time undergraduate students in March.

Children can learn about health via a school sports programme

Researchers assessed a ‘health education through football’ programme for children aged 10 to 12 in Denmark, looking at the effects on health knowledge and enjoyment levels.