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.

Pushed to the brink: a rise in suicide?

The Covid pandemic is sparking fears of a rise in suicide and suicidal behaviour. Journalist Jo Waters asks who are the groups most at risk and how can CPs best support them.

Scotland: new resource to help people experiencing domestic abuse

A new online learning tool has been created for professionals working in sectors such as health, social work and education.

Big story: teaching the truth about FGM

Lessons raising awareness about female genital mutilation are to be taught in secondary school classrooms from next year. But is that too late, asks Journalist Juliette Astrup.

Wales: Scientists spot eating disorder early warning signs

Researchers have found a series of early warning signs that could herald the development of an eating disorder.

On the look out

Unexplained changes in children’s eyes should never be ignored, so it helps to know the signs of serious and routine issues. Journalist John Windell also offers tips for protecting young eyes from accidental damage. 

Putting children at the heart of policy

Sally Star explores the emergence of ground-breaking Welsh legislation and public health strategies on keeping the nation’s children safe.

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...

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