Getting serious about violence

Dr Niamh Ní Longáin of the NHS London Violence Reduction Programme explains how you can help support young people at risk of injury and death.

Breaking the inequality cycle

With a growing crisis in the cost of living and little financial relief for the worst-off, the gap between the most and least healthy is likely to widen. Journalist Sarah Campbell looks at these inequalities and asks if they can ever improve.

NSPCC reveals worrying scale of abuse and neglect

In 2021-22, the NSPCC’s Helpline contacted agencies about 22,505 children to investigate concerns about abuse and neglect.

Wales: physical punishment ban comes into force

The physical punishment of children is now illegal in Wales under new legislation that took effect in March.

Violence against women: enough is enough

Almost a year on from the murder of Sarah Everard, asks journalist Juliette Astrup, how can CPs respond to violence against women and girls?

FGM healthcare costs set to almost double by 2047

The economic burden of female genital mutilation (FGM) to healthcare is projected to increase to $2.1bn/year by 2047 if no action is taken to prevent it.

Calls to extend self-harm intervention to primary school children

Three per cent of more than a thousand Melbourne children reported self-harm at age 11 and 12. They had been assessed annually from the age of eight to nine (wave 1) to 11 to 12 years (wave four) . Of those who self-harmed, 64.3% were females and 35.7% were males.

England: free vitamin D supply over winter for the clinically vulnerable

Care home residents and people on the ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ list (2.7 million people in total) are being offered free vitamin D supplements over winter by the government.

Charity calls for support as it warns of isolation and rising elder abuse

Safer ageing charity Hourglass is campaigning to make its helpline available around the clock after it revealed the extent of abuse of older people.

England and Wales: online bullying experienced by one in five children... and rising

Before Covid-19 struck, around one in five children aged 10 to 15 years old (19%) experienced at least one type of online bullying behaviour (in the year ending March 2020). That’s equivalent to 764,000 children.

Covid strikes third sector

Covid-19 has hit charities hard, halting fundraising activities and disrupting services, while need continues to rocket. Journalist Juliette Astrup explores the impact and how charities are adapting.

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.

Wales: those with a longstanding illness expected to increase along with unemployment

A new report from Public Health Wales (PHW) suggests that the proportion of the population suffering from longstanding illnesses could increase by around 4% over the next three years, from 46.4% pre-pandemic to 50.3% in 2022-23.

England: Covid inequalities – still a gap in explanation for BAME communities

The first quarterly report from the government’s Race Disparity Unit (RDU) on Covid-19 health inequalities has concluded that ‘a range of socioeconomic and geographical factors’ contribute to the higher infection and mortality rates for ethnic minority groups.

Homeless lives at risk this winter without urgent action, charities warn

Lives will be at risk from the double threat of Covid-19 and cold weather, if the government does not act to protect people forced to sleep rough this winter. 

Too young to cope? Helping teenage parents

Health visitor Julie Davidson describes techniques for working with often resistant teenage parents to make a real difference to the outcomes of young families.

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