Australia: Support needed for multiple-birth families to improve outcomes

The first-ever international collaborative report to compare the experiences of multiple-birth babies and their families to single-birth families has highlighted serious disadvantages for families with multiple-birth babies.

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: New guide on childhood trauma published

Three charities have produced a new guide on childhood adversity and trauma for professionals working with children.

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.

Social care system at crisis point

BBC Panorama’s ‘Crisis in care’ highlighted the state of adult social care in the UK and the human costs of a failing system. 
 

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...

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.

Scotland: redistribution of income is best way to address health inequalities

Actions to redistribute income are likely to result in the biggest improvements in population health and reductions in health inequalities, a study has shown.

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.
 

Time for a screen break?

Concerns have been raised that digital devices are now a fundamental part of so many children’s lives, but are there mixed messages around the impact on young people? And how can you help parents navigate the advice? Journalist Georgina Fuller reports.

A closed eye on dementia

Helen Rostill describes how artificial intelligence can monitor people with dementia in the home to reduce hospital admissions and support struggling carers.

We need to talk about death

How can you best support families who are in the sad position of mourning a child or a parent? Journalist Linsey Wynton reports.

UK: air pollution linked to teenage psychotic episodes

Research from King’s College London has provided the first evidence of an association between air pollution and psychotic experiences in adolescence.

Scotland: baby guide refreshed with latest mental health information

A popular resource for pregnant women and their families has been updated to include the latest information on perinatal mental health support.

Children’s mental health services face postcode lottery, warns new report

Children in need of ‘low-level’ mental health services – vital preventative and early intervention services for problems such as anxiety, depression or eating disorders are facing a postcode lottery. So found an investigation by the Children’s Commissioner for England.

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