What evidence is there to support parental ACE screening within health visiting practice? A literature review

Victoria MacLellan and Peter Yates examine the experiences of parents and service providers during routine parental ACE screening.

Rights and responsiblities

Natalie Sammons looks at the legal and ethical role of the health visitor when dealing with non-engaging families.

One to one: shaking the shackles

Emily Aklan, the driving force behind the Hope Instead of Handcuffs campaign, talks about the worryingly prevalent but little-known issue of using restraints on children in care.

Children from ethnic minorities more affected by self-harming

A study in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health has found minority ethnic children and teenagers account for proportionately more A&E visits after self-harming than white children.

England: gambling-related harms and the huge cost to society

Public Health England (PHE) has published the first evidence review of harms associated with gambling – estimated to cost society at least £1.27bn a year.

Wales: NHS safeguarding kept vulnerable safe during pandemic

A report from Public Health Wales (PHW) explains how the NHS Wales Safeguarding Network continued its vital work during the pandemic.

England: ministers urged to join forces to support family services

The House of Lords Public Services Committee has called on the government’s health, education and communities departments to work together with Treasury support to address the causes of child vulnerability.

Exploring trauma care

Practice development nurse and health visitor Christopher Sweeney looks at what trauma-informed practice means to health visiting. 

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.

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.

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