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.

Homelessness: crisis round the corner?

Lockdown, compounded by a deep economic slump, threatens to push thousands of people into homelessness. Journalist Juliette Astrup explores this shifting landscape and asks what happens next.

Siblings of infants who die suddenly run greater risk

Siblings of infants who died suddenly and unexpectedly run 10 times the risk of dying in the same way, suggests a study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

England: charities reveal negative impact of funding cuts and higher demand

Analysis by the UK’s largest children’s charities have revealed the double impact of a ‘toxic cocktail of cuts’, and a ‘soaring demand for help’ due to Covid-19.

The hidden harm of elder abuse

A third of UK citizens think that domestic violence directed towards older people isn’t abuse. That’s why the present lockdown for older people looks increasingly concerning, says Veronica Gray of Hourglass.

Domestic abuse: the danger indoors

Journalist Juliette Astrup explores the worrying surge in domestic abuse during the Covid-19 lockdown and what is being done to address it.

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: Smoking banned on sidelines of children’s sports pitches

A pilot banning parents from smoking on the sidelines at children’s sports games has been launched in part of Wales.

Scottish Parliament backs smacking ban proposals

Scotland has taken a ‘momentous step’ towards banning smacking, as the proposal is overwhelmingly approved by MSPs. 
 

Keeping children safe

Child Safety Week 2019 aims to raise awareness of the risks associated with child accidents and how they can be prevented.
 

Exploring Glasgow parents’ views of the Equal Protection from Assault Bill

Christopher Sweeney, health visitor, and public health lecturer William Spence used mixed methods research to explore the views of Glasgow parents on the proposed Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill in order to inform the work of health visitors and other professionals working with families.

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