Getting serious about violence

Dr Niamh Ní Longáin of the NHS London Violence Reduction Programme explains how you can help support young people at risk of injury and death.

The realities of addiction: alcoholism

In the first of a new series on addiction, journalist John Windell looks at alcohol dependency, its symptoms, how to get treatment, and what you can do to help.

Women exposed to adverse childhood experiences more likely to develop MS

Childhood trauma could be linked to an increased risk of women developing multiple sclerosis (MS) later in life, research suggests.

NSPCC reveals worrying scale of abuse and neglect

In 2021-22, the NSPCC’s Helpline contacted agencies about 22,505 children to investigate concerns about abuse and neglect.

Scotland: a public health response to violence against women and girls

The challenges faced by women in Scotland to live in safe places and communities and to achieve positive mental health are among the factors highlighted by six briefings published by Public Health Scotland (PHS).

Wales: physical punishment ban comes into force

The physical punishment of children is now illegal in Wales under new legislation that took effect in March.

Violence against women: enough is enough

Almost a year on from the murder of Sarah Everard, asks journalist Juliette Astrup, how can CPs respond to violence against women and girls?

FGM healthcare costs set to almost double by 2047

The economic burden of female genital mutilation (FGM) to healthcare is projected to increase to $2.1bn/year by 2047 if no action is taken to prevent it.

Wales: A government first gives a boost to children's online safety

The Welsh Government has joined child protection charity the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), making it the first government body in the world to do so.

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. 

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