The big story: follow the footprints

Today, the average child’s digital footprint is broader than ever. What do community practitioners need to know when it comes to advising parents and helping to safeguard children?

Northern Ireland: reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, says PHA

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is calling for greater awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) after a new survey found many adults didn’t know about the risk factors.

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).

Northern Ireland: welfare reform ‘traps more children in poverty’

The number of children trapped in poverty will increase because of changes to social security benefits.

England: losing race to improve children’s health

A report from the RCPCH projected that in 2030 there would be 50% more A&E attendances for young children and young people.

Wales: earlier mental health support in schools

Pupils will receive earlier mental health support in schools to prevent more serious problems in later life.

England: virgin wins back HCP contract after legal challenge

A council ordered by the High Court to re-run the procurement process for health-visiting and school-nursing services has identified Virgin Care as the preferred bidder for a second time.

Great Britain: children attracted to those of same gender are twice as likely to self-harm

Almost a quarter (22%) of girls aged 14 have self-harmed in the past year, according to a new report by The Children’s Society.

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.

UK: sixfold increase in children’s mental health problems

Mental health problems in children and young people have soared across the UK.

SUDI: the bitterest loss

The number of unexpected and unexplained infant deaths has plummeted since the 1990s, but making further reductions now requires more intense and targeted work, writes journalist John Windell.

Wales: smacking ban splits public down the middle

Public opinion is divided on proposals for a smacking ban.

Disability: hear to help

In a new series on how you can help clients living with disability – from sensory impairments to mobility issues, journalist Anna Scott looks at hearing loss in children.

England: self-harm hospitalisations in girls double since 1997

The number of girls under 18 treated in hospital in England after self-harming has nearly doubled compared with 20 years ago, according to NHS Digital figures.

Scotland: plans for smoke-free council houses lead assault on tobacco

Smoke-free clauses on council house tenancy agreements are among a raft of new measures being considered under a plan to make Scotland smoke-free by 2034.

 

Wales: smoking stubbed out near hospital and schools

Smoking in Wales causes around smoking in Wales causes around 5450 deaths each year, costing £302m annually.

The role of sexual health nurses in identifying child sexual exploitation

Ann Marie Sangster, Dr Maureen Crowley, and Amanda McGrandles explore sexual health nurses’ perceptions of their role in the identification of children and young people at risk of sexual exploitation, using an interpretivist generic qualitative approach.

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