Orphanhood and caregiver deaths are a hidden effect of the Covid-19 pandemic

More than 860,000 children in 21 countries had been orphaned or lost a custodial grandparent as a result of Covid-19 by the end of April 2021.

Scotland: more help for young families to eat healthily

The Best Start Foods payment to low-income families was increased in August, in accordance with the promises made by the Scottish Government.

Families with children see their finances hit hardest by pandemic

Four million children are living in a family which has lost income since the start of the pandemic, with 1.6 million of these in a family that’s lost a third or more of earnings.

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. 

Scotland: Government responds to UN call for urgent action on food insecurity and poverty

The Scottish Government has welcomed a call from the United Nations (UN) for urgent action to tackle deepening food insecurity, poverty and injustice in the UK.

News in numbers: March/April 2021

A breakdown of recent community health news, in numbers. Download the PDF, here

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.

England: HVs fear vulnerable families left at risk due to redeployment

Health visitors have expressed concerns that the needs of children are being missed due to redeployment and increased caseloads during Covid-19.

England: children and adults with learning disabilities still dying prematurely

People with learning disabilities in England are not only dying prematurely, but from treatable causes of death, reveals the latest annual report from the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) programme.

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.

Adolescents from deprived communities show gene regulation differences

Young adults raised in communities marked by more economic deprivation, physical dilapidation, social disconnection and danger display differences in the epigenome – the proteins and chemical compounds 
that regulate the activity of their genes.

One in four adults in the UK experience 'food insecurity'

Around 25% of UK adults have struggled during the pandemic to access food they can afford, leaving them susceptible to hunger and potential malnutrition.

Health equality - can it ever be reached?

Landmark reports have shockingly revealed growing gaps between the health and life expectancy of the rich and poor in the UK. Journalist Jo Waters asks why these inequalities exist, plus if and how it’s possible to help bridge the divide.

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.

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