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.

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.

More overweight and obese children in deprived areas

Overweight and obesity rates in children and adolescents have slightly decreased during the past decade, but risen among those in disadvantaged and deprived areas.

Wales: extra help for the hidden homeless

A major new campaign to tackle hidden homelessness among young people has been launched by the Welsh Government.

Poverty associated with suicide risk in children and teens

Suicide rates in under-20s are higher in US counties where there is more poverty, researchers have found.

England: £165m to help troubled families get their lives back on track

Vulnerable families will receive more support to tackle deep-rooted problems with up to £165m of new funding in 2020-21 for the Troubled Families programme.

The health visitor, the ecological approach and the assessment of health need with a focus on the gypsy and traveller community.

Jacqueline Cattenach explores the links between child development and health and cultural factors in this most marginalised of groups.
 

Slipping through the cracks

Luna Williams of the Immigration Advice Service outlines the many challenges asylum-seeking children and families with disabilities face as they go through a ‘flawed’ system.

Alarm bells ringing: the adult care crisis

Successive governments have failed to stop the rot in the adult social care system, and it is now approaching crisis point. As we go to the polls, journalist Linsey Wynton explores what’s at fault, what’s needed and how urgently.

Sweden: Anaemia in early pregnancy is related to increased risk of children’s autism and ADHD

A cohort study looking at more than 500,000 children and their mothers has linked maternal anaemia early in pregnancy with an increased risk of autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and intellectual disability in the child.

Parents fail to stop children’s centre closures

Campaigners fighting the closure of 19 children’s centres in Buckinghamshire have lost their High Court battle – clearing the way for the county council to replace 35 children’s centres with 16 family centres.

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