Big story: down with social media?

The evidence around the ill effects of social media and long periods of screen time is not straightforward, writes journalist Juliette Astrup. She looks at the latest research on how young people can make the most of online positives and blot out the dark side of the internet.

Helping teens: the big initiative

Neil Degg, managing director of The Training Hub, explains how his new – and free – project is inspiring young people to make better life choices.

Keep them safe: safeguarding roles

Marcia Smikle discusses four safeguarding roles in which health visitors and nurses work with other agencies to keep children safe from harm.

Crossing the line

Is there such a thing as safe recreational drug use when you’re a parent? Journalist Helen Bird investigates why mothers take substances such as cocaine and the impact it could have on children.

Why can't dad come home?

Health visitors Jo Lamb and Mel Griffiths on innovating practice to deliver the Healthy Child Wales Programme to fathers in prison.

Big story: teaching the truth about FGM

Lessons raising awareness about female genital mutilation are to be taught in secondary school classrooms from next year. But is that too late, asks Journalist Juliette Astrup.

Wales: Scientists spot eating disorder early warning signs

Researchers have found a series of early warning signs that could herald the development of an eating disorder.

On the look out

Unexplained changes in children’s eyes should never be ignored, so it helps to know the signs of serious and routine issues. Journalist John Windell also offers tips for protecting young eyes from accidental damage. 

Putting children at the heart of policy

Sally Star explores the emergence of ground-breaking Welsh legislation and public health strategies on keeping the nation’s children safe.

One of your own

Safeguarding nurse Caroline Waldron explores the role of the health practitioner as a corporate parent for looked-after children and care leavers, identifying practical steps.

Knife crime: where's the public health approach?

With stabbings at a record high, and public outrage palpable following a spate of deaths, journalist Juliette Astrup asks if the public health approach to youth violence could be forgotten amid the headline-grabbing rhetoric of ‘more boots on the streets’? 

USA: ‘Good enough’ parenting is good enough

Caregivers need only ‘get it right’ 50% of the time when responding to a baby’s need for attachment to have a positive impact on a baby, new research finds.

Scotland: Consultation on first pathway for sexually abused children

Healthcare professionals who work with youngsters in Scotland are being consulted on the development of the first-ever clinical pathway for children who have suffered sexual abuse.

UK: Child poverty is becoming ‘new normal’ says coalition

New data published by the End Child Poverty coalition shows poverty is rising – and rising fastest in areas of deprivation.

Respecting parental decisions: where should you draw the line?

Official health guidelines and recommendations are backed by a wealth of evidence, so when parents reject that advice, how do you respond? Here are three views...

Norway: gaming could affect girls’ but not boys’ social skills

A study from Norway looking at how playing video games affects social skills has found differences based on age and gender.

Wales: Smoking banned on sidelines of children’s sports pitches

A pilot banning parents from smoking on the sidelines at children’s sports games has been launched in part of Wales.

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