Wales: disclosing ACEs forges better bonds with HVs

A study commissioned by the Welsh Government reveals that positive benefits are gained by all parties when health visitors enquire about caregivers’ adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) at routine visits.

Duchess launches centre for early childhood to drive awareness and action

The Duchess of Cambridge has launched The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood to drive awareness of, and action on, ‘the transformative impact of the early years’.

Gender differences and the influence of ACEs on youth delinquency

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have a significant effect on teenagers’ criminal behaviour, at least for girls, according to a study in the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.

SCPHN training: the big switch

SCPHN learning changed beyond all recognition last year. Nicola Rooke discusses her experiences of undertaking the safeguarding module virtually, and recommendations for safeguarding training for newly qualified HVs.

Substance misuse among parents is soaring, says NSPCC helpline

The number of people contacting the NSPCC with concerns about drug and alcohol misuse among parents has risen by 66% since April 2020. 

Looking out for looked-after children

GP Jeremy C Gibson and nurse Heather Peet discuss ways to keep this most vulnerable and overlooked sector of society safe and hopeful for the future. 

The Covid crunch: impact on economy and health

The UK entered its first recession in 11 years in August. Journalist Juliette Astrup explores the impact on families and children, and on services and community practitioners themselves.

Pushed to the brink: a rise in suicide?

The Covid pandemic is sparking fears of a rise in suicide and suicidal behaviour. Journalist Jo Waters asks who are the groups most at risk and how can CPs best support them.

Scotland: new resource to help people experiencing domestic abuse

A new online learning tool has been created for professionals working in sectors such as health, social work and education.

Homelessness: crisis round the corner?

Lockdown, compounded by a deep economic slump, threatens to push thousands of people into homelessness. Journalist Juliette Astrup explores this shifting landscape and asks what happens next.

Siblings of infants who die suddenly run greater risk

Siblings of infants who died suddenly and unexpectedly run 10 times the risk of dying in the same way, suggests a study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

England: charities reveal negative impact of funding cuts and higher demand

Analysis by the UK’s largest children’s charities have revealed the double impact of a ‘toxic cocktail of cuts’, and a ‘soaring demand for help’ due to Covid-19.

The hidden harm of elder abuse

A third of UK citizens think that domestic violence directed towards older people isn’t abuse. That’s why the present lockdown for older people looks increasingly concerning, says Veronica Gray of Hourglass.

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

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

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