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.

Climate change: a public health emergency?

An unhealthy planet means unhealthy people too, with high impact predictions on health for all unless everyone takes action. Environmental journalist Mary Griffin reports.

Home is where the hurt is

Accidents at home are a leading cause of preventable death for children under five. Katrina Phillips, chief executive of the Child Accident Prevention Trust, asks how you should teach families to avoid harm in the home.

Child protection: joining up the dots

Many agencies bear responsibility, but the safeguarding of children can still fall short. Are local authority cutbacks solely to blame or do other barriers prevent a fully joined-up approach between health and social services? Journalist Helen Bird investigates.

England: help for children of alcoholics

200,000 The number of children with alcohol-dependent parents who could benefit from the new measures

Review looks at NMC’s handling of Morecambe Bay cases

The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) for health and social care has published a ‘lessons learned’ review into the NMC’s handling of concerns about midwives’ fitness to practise at the Furness General Hospital between 2004 and 2014.

Is anyone listening?

The mental and physical health of trans young people is suffering, to the point they’re even accessing healthcare less often, and they continue to face considerable stigma. What can you do to help ensure they’re as healthy and happy as they should be? Journalist Phil Harris reports.

24 hours with Alimatu Dimonekene

Alimatu is lead advocate for ProjectACEi – a community group who advocate, educate and engage communities to end FGM. Twitter: @ProjectACEi

Northern Ireland: HV shortage denies children critical health reviews

Almost 700 one- and two-year-olds have failed to undergo an annual health visitor review because of a staff shortage at the Western Health Trust.

Antacid use doubles baby allergy risk

Babies who are given antacids or antibiotics during their first six months may be at a higher risk of developing allergies or asthma, a new study has found.

Scotland: thousands of under-fives suffer drug poisoning

Thousands of children under five have been admitted to emergency departments in Scotland after being poisoned by common household drugs such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.

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