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: adverse childhood experience pilot shows promise

Health visitors in Anglesey have been asking new mothers about their adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) as part of a radical new parenting initiative.

Big story: credit crunch

Universal Credit – the new system which rolls six other benefits into a single monthly payment – has been controversial from the outset. What impact is it having on families, and what do community practitioners need to be aware of? Journalist Juliette Astrup reports.

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.

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