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Great Britain: prepare disadvantaged young children for school, HVs told

Health visitors should play a greater role in preparing disadvantaged young children for school, says a new report from the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF).

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.

UK: AI helps predict why children struggle at school

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

UK: friends and role models cushion impact of ACEs

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can severely impact on a child’s education and health prospects, but resilience resources such as friends and role models can help lessen the impact, researchers have found.

Spotlight on sight loss

Low vision or blindness can significantly affect a child’s learning progress and mental health. Journalist Anna Scott takes a closer look at how community practitioners can help families live with visual impairment.

Adopting a better approach

Adoption is only the start of a new journey that can be both rewarding and challenging. How can you help support adoptive families? Journalist Rima Evans reports.

The future of practice

How might current and future technology developments impact on the way you carry out your work now and in the future? And how could this affect your clients? Journalist Peter Crush reports.

Road safety: treading carefully

With more cars on the road, and at higher speeds, there is an increase in fatal accidents. Journalist Caroline Roberts explores how we can keep each other safe.

Thank you, Ros!

Ros Godson, lead professional officer at Unite, retires at the end of 2017 after a 40-year career
in nursing. Her colleagues share their thoughts…

More than a game

Young children aren’t getting enough playtime outside, but why is that a problem, and how can you help to change the situation? Journalist John Windell reports.

Beating the back-to-school blues

The arrival of the new school year can be a difficult time for children, reports Phil Harris.

Doing it by the book

In an age of voice activation and touchscreen technology, has the humble book had its day? We look at why reading is still so crucial – and how community practitioners can help families get children into books.

Drawings of people identify gifted children

A study of portraits drawn by children finds details in a person’s appearance, like freckles, are included only by the ‘highly gifted’.

NI children’s commissioner warns against ‘unacceptable’ isolation discipline in schools

The children’s commissioner has spoken out against the practice of using ‘isolation rooms’ to discipline children in schools.

NI ahead on improving pupil literacy

Northern Irish pupils are the most likely to make improvements in reading, a UK-wide study has found.

Sex education: how to really do it

Children are growing up in a confusing world of online sex and modern gender norms, says Anna Scott. They require relevant, up-to-date sex education to keep them safe from harm and able to form healthy relationships.

Inter-professional education: A missed opportunity?

While a lack of coverage in the literature relating to inter-professional education suggests little activity in this area to date, joint training between health visitors, school nurses and social workers could be mutually beneficial, as Sarah Morton discovered.

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