How can vulnerable young people have improved access to the School Nurses?

This qualitative research by Dawn Marie Blake, explore young people’s views around accessing school nurse drop-ins.

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. 
 

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.

Scotland: avoidable child death rate overtakes rest of the UK

The number of avoidable deaths among children and young people are higher in Scotland than elsewhere in the UK, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Wales: adverse childhood experience pilot shows promise

Health visitors in Anglesey have been asking new mothers about their adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) as part of a radical new parenting initiative.

Big story: credit crunch

Universal Credit – the new system which rolls six other benefits into a single monthly payment – has been controversial from the outset. What impact is it having on families, and what do community practitioners need to be aware of? Journalist Juliette Astrup reports.

News in numbers: February

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

Northern Ireland: reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, says PHA

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is calling for greater awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) after a new survey found many adults didn’t know about the risk factors.

Scotland: NHS staff become ‘corporate parents’ to vulnerable young

A new ‘corporate parenting’ training resource has been launched for NHS workers to help them understand their duty to promote the interests of young people who are or have been in care.

Great Britain: prepare disadvantaged young children for school, HVs told

Health visitors should play a greater role in preparing disadvantaged young children for school, says a new report from the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF).

Scotland: £4m to drive CAMHS recruitment

Another 80 staff in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) will be recruited in Scotland following a £4m investment.

Northern Ireland: welfare reform ‘traps more children in poverty’

The number of children trapped in poverty will increase because of changes to social security benefits.

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