Volunteering & Fundraising Toolkit for Schools & Young People NOW AVAILABLE

Volunteer Centre Sefton and Sefton 4 Good have teamed up to produce a brand new Volunteering & Fundraising Toolkit for Schools & Young People – packed with information about local volunteer opportunities and creative ideas for fundraising events and activities!  

Suicide in England and Wales Increasing among Young People

The Guardian reports that figures obtained by the Brent Centre for Young People through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request indicate that overall the number of deaths by suicide among those age 10 to 19 in England and Wales has increased by 24 per cent from 2013/14 to 2015/16. The number of deaths by suicide in the same age category increased by 107 per cent from 2013/14 to 2015/16 in London itself. The Brent Centre calls for more investment in mental health services to better support young people.

Source: Guardian 

Further information: Brent Centre for Young People

Factors Affecting Children’s Mental Health

The Children’s Society and Barnardo’s have published a study that explores how factors at age 10 and 11 can affect children’s mental health at age 14 and 15. Data was analysed from the UK Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS) and a new longitudinal analysis. Key findings include: children with poor family relationships at age 10 are more likely to have mental health problems like depression and anxiety by age 14. Recommendations include: training for mental health leads in schools to identify and act on problems that can harm children’s mental health; and more advice and services for parents worried about their teen’s mental health.

Source: The Children’s Society 

Further information: Factors affecting children’s mental health over time (PDF)

Child Health Profiles for 2018 Published

Public Health England (PHE) has released the child health profiles for 2018, providing an overview of child health and wellbeing for each local authority in England. The profiles present data on key health indicators, including: childhood obesity; young people and alcohol; and young people’s mental health. PHE has also created an interactive version of the profiles for local authorities and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).

Source: PHE

Further information: Overview of child health (profiles) Overview of child health (interactive tool)

ADHD Foundation Conference; “ADHD in 2018, Neurodiversity and Mental Health.” – 8th/9th November

“ADHD in 2018, Neurodiversity and Mental Health.”

It is the largest ADHD themed conference in the UK- the focus of the conference on the 8th November is clinical and medical and the 9th November, education.

Bursary places available to all teachers,SENDCOs, School Leaders, doctors and nurses with an interest in ADHD for £120 per person per day.

Book early– sold out by mid- September in both 2016 and 2017.

The programme on the 8th November includes presentations on optimising treatmentfor ADHD,best practice models for nurse led ADHD clinics,the latest research into ADHD and Genetics, Diagnosis and Misdiagnosis in high functioning ADHD, Mental Health and Comorbidity.

Key speakers include:

Professor Anthoni Ramos Quriga, Head of Psychiatry at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona who will be delivering a keynote presentation on his groundbreaking research into the use of both mindfulness and virtual reality as a treatment for ADHD.

Professor Sandra Kooij, Head of the Dutch Expertise Centre for Adult ADHD and the Founder and Chair of the European Network for Adult ADHD, will be leading a session entitled, “ADHD, Sleep amd Mental Health.”

The programme on the 9th November includes presentations on supporting learners with ADHD, ASC , Tourette’s Syndrome and Pathological Demand Avoidance, addressing anxiety, supporting parenting, developing good sleep hygiene for SEND learners,active learning and using assistive technology effectively.

Key speakers include:  

Professor Barry Carpenter OBE.

Honorary Professor at the Universities of Worcester (UK), Limerick (Ireland) , Hamburg (Germany), Flinders, (Australia) and the Director of the Centre for Special Education at Westminster College, Oxford.

Professor Carpenter will be delivering a keynote presentation on “Creating Mental Wealth in children and young people with ADHD.” and a breakout session on his ground breaking work exploring the unique needs of Girls with Autism.

Dr Simon Bignall.

Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Derby, nominated for the Times Higher Education,‘Most Innovative Teacher of the Year’ Award. Research interests include Autism, Asperger’s & ADHD, with a PHD in “ADHD and Children’s Language.”

Dr Bignall will be delivering a key note presentation on supporting learners with the overlapping symptomology of ADHD and ASC.

For booking information, go to www.adhdfoundation.org.uk and click on “Book Now” on the Home page and fill in the booking form.

For more information, contact colin.foley@adhdfoundation.org.uk

Download the 2018 ADHD Conference Programme Here

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Autism Friendly Film Screening at the Plaza Community Cinema – 18th June

The next Autism Friendly Film Screening at the Plaza Cinema will be on Monday 18th June, at 5.30pm. As usual low level lighting in the auditorium will be maintained and screen the film at a reduced volume.

Details below:

The Isle Of Dogs (PG)

1 hour 41 mins.
Animation, adventure, comedy
Frame stop animation
Director: Wes Anderson. Also director of Fantastic Mr. Fox.

STARRING:
Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand and Yoko Ono

STORYLINE:
Set 20 years into the future …. an outbreak of dog flu has spread through the city of Megasaki, Japan, and Mayor Kobayashi has demanded all dogs to be sent to Trash Island. On the island, a young boy named Atari sets out to find his lost dog, Spots, with the help of five other dogs… and many obstacles along the way.

PREVIEW:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5104604/videoplayer/vi2651502617?ref_=vi_nxt_ap

Children in Need of Help and Protection: Call for Evidence

The Department for Education (DfE) has extended the closing date for the consultation on children in need of help and protection until 01 July 2018. The call for evidence seeks to understand: what makes a difference to the educational outcomes of children in need; how some children in need can achieve better educational outcomes than others.

Source: DfE

Internet Safety Strategy Green paper: Consultation Outcome

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Home Office (HO) have published the government response to the consultation on the Internet safety strategy green paper published in October 2017. A white paper, to be published later in the year, will set out plans for legislation including the social media code of practice and transparency reporting and online advertising as well as considering new policy areas on safety including: age verification; policies aimed at improving children and young people’s mental health; tackling issues related to live-streaming; and further work to define harmful content.

Source: DCMS and HO

Further information: Government response to the internet safety strategy green paper (PDF)

Consultation outcome: internet safety strategy green paper

NSPCC #WildWestWeb campaign

Parental Alcohol and Drug use: Toolkit for Local Authorities

Public Health England (PHE) has published a toolkit for local authorities to help identify problematic parental drug and alcohol use in their area, and to understand the impact this can have on children and young people living in the same household. The toolkit includes data on local prevalence and unmet need amongst adults who live with one or more child and misuse substances. It aims to: help local authorities commission services to reduce and prevent harm to children and families; and address the effects of adverse childhood experiences and to safeguard children.

Source: PHE 

Further information: Children & Young People Now

Support for 16 and 17 Year Olds

The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and The Children’s Society have launched a survey on support for 16 and 17 year old children in need and young people’s transitions to adulthood. The survey asks questions about: the support available for 16 and 17 year olds who are subject to a child in need plan or a child protection plan, or receive early help; how the support helps prepare them for adulthood; and changes needed to improve support for vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds during transition and into young adulthood.

Source: BASW 

Further information: Survey monkey (link to take the survey)

Data Protection Act 2018

The Data Protection Act 2018 received Royal Assent on 23 May 2018. The Act, which replaces the 1998 Act, provides a legal framework for data protection in the UK. It is supplemented by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the legal framework that sets guidelines for the collection and processing of personal information of individuals within the European Union (EU). Schedule 3 Section 15 outlines exemptions from the GDPR relating to health, social work, education and child abuse. When the UK leaves the EU, the GDPR will be incorporated into the UK’s domestic law under the powers in the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, currently before Parliament.

Source: UK Parliament 

Further information: Data Protection Act 2018 (PDF)

Exam Stress

The NSPCC has released figures which show that Childline delivered 3,135 counselling sessions relating to exam stress in 2017/18, with 683 of these (22%) taking place in May 2017. Young people’s concerns included: an overwhelming workload; pressure from their parents; and worries about whether they would get the grades they want. Some young people contacting Childline also said the prospect of taking exams was having an adverse effect on their mental health.

Source: NSPCC Date: 25 May 2018

Further information: Childline

NSPCC Conference: How Safe are Our Children? Growing Up Online

The NSPCC’s annual conference takes place on 20-21 June 2018 in London. The conference will feature talks from sector leaders and explore the latest research and insight on keeping children safe in the digital age. Speakers include Digital Secretary Matt Hancock MP, who will deliver the keynote address on day one; clinical psychologist Professor Tanya Byron; and experts from O2, Facebook, Snapchat, the Internet Watch Foundation and CEOP. The conference will also see the launch of the NSPCC’s How safe are our children? 2018 report, a comprehensive overview of the latest child protection data from the UK.

Source: NSPCC conference: How safe are our children? Growing up online

Further information: Conference schedule (PDF)

NSPCC #WildWestWeb campaign

Relationships and Sex Education

The NSPCC and the PHSE Association have published lesson plans and guidance to help schools teach relationships and sex education (RSE). The resource includes lesson plans for teachers spanning Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 (age 10-16) covering subjects including: transition to secondary school; online safety and online friendships; consent; sexualised behaviour; unhealthy relationships; and sharing sexual images. A guide for teachers to support the delivery of the Making sense of relationships lesson plans has also been published.

Source: NSPCC: Making sense of relationships: PSHE lesson plans for key stages 2-4 on personal safety and healthy relationships

Youth Sector Evidence Roundtables Scoping Aspirations for an Evidence Base

In June 2018 the Centre for Youth Impact and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) are hosting a series of roundtables that will explore the role of and potential for an evidence base for informal and non-formal youth provision. The overarching goals of these roundtables are to understand: what difference would an evidence base make? What is currently holding us back from establishing or growing a shared evidence base? And what role should the government and other stakeholders play in order to support the creation of such an evidence base?

Hosted by Brathay Trust and Youth Focus North West

Date: 28th June 2018

Location:The Grange Community Resource Centre, Pilgrim Drive, Manchester, M11 3TQ

Time: 12.30pm arrival, with a 1pm start to 4pm

At this event we will discuss:

  1. What are the aspirations for an evidence base for the youth sector? Whose aspirations are they?
  2. What are the most important features of an evidence base (for example, collective ownership) that would enable it to fulfil aspirations?
  3. How would an evidence base inform design, delivery, evaluation and the sustainability of youth provision?
  4. What is the role of stakeholders in advocating for, developing, maintaining and using an evidence base for the youth sector?

The potential role of an evidence base for the youth sector is yet to be defined and we hope that you will be able to join as we as we explore this important topic.

Please RSVP  to jake.leeper@youthimpact.uk

Children England News

Vision for new secure schools
The Ministry of Justice has published its vision for the two new secure schools it announced in December 2016, comprising 70 – 80 places in total. Ultimately anticipated to replace prisons and young offenders institutions for children and young people in the justice system, the new type of institution will offer “bespoke provision for individual children that has education, healthcare and physical activity at its heart – a therapeutic environment in a secure setting.” It’s not yet clear whether these places will replace or create additional capacity in the secure estate.

Social Work England
Colum Conway, currently Chief Executive of Northern Ireland’s social work regulator, has been appointed to become the Chief Executive of the new regulatory body Social Work England. The government has published its response to the consultation on the new body, and summarised the changes it will make as a consequence, including:

  • The investigation, case examination and adjudication roles in the fitness to practise system must be separate
  • Interim orders can now only be made by adjudicators, rather than case examiners
  • Social Work England will not have power to suspend approval of education courses or training as a remedial measure
  • Under default powers, the Secretary of State will have the power to appoint an independent person to take over the regulator’s functions or give effect to a remedial direction

Mental health assessment pilots for children in care
The government has confirmed that, after some delay, the pilots for mental health assessments of children coming into care will start later this year. The areas running pilots, and the organisations contracted to manage and evaluate them, are yet to be announced.

Young women aged 16 – 19 most likely to experience abuse by partner
The latest data from the Office of National Statistics shows that of all the age groups, young women aged 16 – 19 were most likely to have experienced partner abuse in the year ending March 2017 (7.6% compared with 6.2% for women aged 16 – 59). Other groups of women with higher than average rates of abuse from a partner included:

  • Women who had a long-term illness or disability (12.4% compared with 5.1% who did not)
  • Women who identified with Mixed/Multiple ethnicities were more likely to have experienced partner abuse (10.1%) than any other ethnic group

Women living in households with an income of less than £10,000 were more than four times as likely (14.3%) to have experienced partner abuse in the last 12 months than women living in households with an income of £50,000 or more (3.3%)

Have your say on Sefton’s Equalities consultation (closing 29th June)

Residents and visitors still have time to have their say on Sefton’s Council’s updated Equality and Diversity Policy.

The refreshed Equality and Diversity Policy 2016 – 2020 helps set out Sefton’s approach to making sure all staff are equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills to meet the diverse needs of the borough.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This is a very important policy and we encourage as many people as possible to take part in our consultation.

“The policy sets out our approach to equality and diversity for the next three years and shows how we meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

“In everything we do as a council, we make sure that our services are accessible and that we encourage supportive and cohesive communities.”

Those wishing to have a say on the policy have until June 29 to make their views known.

A draft copy of the refreshed policy is available to view online via http://www.engagespace.co.uk/sefton or by calling 0151 934 3202.

 

 

Leading Sefton health figures say ‘no’ to sugary drinks as part of GULP campaign!

Sefton Council is working with Food Active to promote the new GULP (Give Up Loving Pop) Early Years campaign called ‘Kind to Teeth’.

The campaign aims to improve knowledge and raise awareness of the health risks associated with consumption of sugary drinks in under-fives.

Developed by registered nutritionists, the campaign has been launched as part of National Smile Month and is the UK’s largest and longest running campaign to promote good oral health.

Research shows that by the age of five, nearly a third of children had obvious decay in their milk teeth.  In another study, 12% of three-year-olds were found to have evidence of tooth decay having on average three decayed, missing or filled teeth – and sugary drinks are a major part of the problem.

This is despite the fact that babies are only recommended to consume breast milk (or formula milk if necessary) until six months and then milk and water are the best sources of hydration for babies and young children.

Sugar is not necessary for the diet, especially for children and when consumed in the form of sugary drinks, can cause a whole host of health issues, from tooth decay to obesity and type 2 diabetes. Lots of sugar can often be hiding in many baby juices and other sugary drinks marketed at the early years.

The Kind to Teeth campaign has been developed by registered nutritionists, dental health and early year’s specialists and forms part of the well-known GULP campaign.  It is aimed at parents of children under five years of age, to help promote healthier drinking habits in the early years and will involve a number of electronic resources for local authorities to utilise.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Improving the health of Sefton’s young children is a key priority for us, so I am very pleased that the Kind to Teeth campaign is being promoted in Sefton.

“Nearly a quarter of our 5-year-olds start school with dental decay and a quarter in Reception year are overweight or are an unhealthy weight by the time they start school. Tackling unhealthy drink habits in the early years is a crucial preventative measure to protect our young children against poor dental health and weight gain”

Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Sefton and Knowsley, added: “When children are young, we have a fantastic opportunity to influence healthy food and drink patterns, as habits are often established when children are young.

“This campaign will help to educate parents on the health risks associated with consuming sugary drinks in the early years, and emphasise that water is the best source of hydration for their young one. We hope it will help to influence healthy drinking patterns from the early years and throughout their growth and development into adulthood.”

Green Sefton launches with massive borough-wide cleanup

Come along and meet Sefton Council’s newly formed ‘Green Sefton’ team who will be taking to the borough on June 8 to support World Oceans Day.

Green Sefton brings together Coast & Countryside, Parks & Greenspaces, Flooding & Coastal Erosion, Risk Management and Grounds Maintenance teams all together to ensure a joined up approach to the vital management, development and oversight of Sefton’s beautiful coastline, parks and green spaces for years to come.

Healthwatch Sefton offers Independent Complaints Advocacy Service

Healthwatch Sefton now  offers an Independent Complaints Advocacy Service.

For anyone wanting to make a complaint about the care and/or treatment they have received from the NHS there are two options:

  • We have a pack of self-help materials which provides supportive information including the NHS complaints process and an example framework for a first letter of complaint
  • Or, if people prefer, there is a fully-trained advocate who can support people to make their complaint by providing free, confidential and independent help

More details of this service can be found on our website – https://healthwatchsefton.co.uk/independent-complaints-advocacy-service/

– along with a downloadable referral form and self-help pack.

If you want to discuss this service with the team then please contact Healthwatch Sefton on 0151 920 0726 ext 240.

D.ofE. Expeditions: Volunteering / Casual Work Opportunities

The Youth and Community Partnership (YCP) are currently seeking to recruit volunteers and experienced youth workers / D.ofE. workers to support young people through the EXPEDITION section of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Silver level.

Having a D1 Driving License and experience of driving a 17-seater minibus would be an advantage. We offer competitive rates of pay for casual, experienced workers and generous expenses for experienced volunteers.

If interested – email ycp@live.co.uk to arrange an informal meeting prior to applying to join our expedition team.

For more information – www.the-ycp.co.uk/

Gender, Sexuality and Healthy Relationships

The NSPCC’s Impact and evidence insights series features a blog by Emily Robson, Evaluation Officer at the NSPCC, exploring how gender and sexuality affect young people’s thoughts about healthy and unhealthy relationships. A review of the research in this area highlights the importance of providing young people with non-gendered ways to consider their relationships and the need for adults to provide an environment where young people feel safe to discuss gender stereotypes and assumptions and explore how these concepts apply to their own relationships and lives.

Source: NSPCC insights and evidence impact blog  

Net Aware: a New Online Safety Guide for Parents

NSPCC have joined forces with O2 to help parents explore and understand online life as children know it. They have worked with parents, carers and young people to review social networks and apps that children use and have produced a guide for parents.

The guide aims to help parents keep their children safe in today’s digital world. Along with popular social media sites, they have reviewed popular gaming apps such as Fortnite, Minecraft and FIFA Football.

For more information: www.net-aware.org.uk/

 

Maghull Town Council Youth Survey (Closing Date: Friday 8th June)

Maghull Town Council are currently conducting a survey to find out what the young people of Maghull are looking for in regards to services and activities.

Maghull Town Council are actively looking to expand what is available within the town and hopefully create new opportunities.

The survey is open to all young people aged 11 to 21 years old. It will take no more than three minutes. Please share your views with us!

Click here to complete the survey

 

Cheshire & Merseyside Women & Children’s Programme Evaluation

Cheshire & Merseyside Women’s and Children’s Services wants to hear your views on the Partnership Vanguard. The Vanguard is a partnership between 27 healthcare providers in the Cheshire and Merseyside area, also known as Improving Me. It aims to improve the experiences and healthcare of women and children in the area. You may know about some of the work of the Vanguard through activities such as Baby Box, Game Changer and Building Bonds.

If you live in the Cheshire and Merseyside area, please complete the short survey (link below) on the work of the Vanguard. All responses are anonymous and individual responses will not be published in our report or shared with any healthcare professionals.

Please click here to complete the survey

National Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network News – Public Health England

Resources to Support Local Authorities with Commissioning Services for those aged 0-19 years

PHE has published a number of resources to support local authorities with commissioning services for those aged 0-19 years:

  • The Best Start in Life return on investment (ROI) tool is an interactive Excel sheet which pulls together the best economic evidence available on public health interventions aimed at young children (0-5 years), and/or pregnant women. Specifically included interventions look to increase breastfeeding uptake and prevent or treat postnatal depression. The ROI tool is accompanied by a user guide.
  • The commissioning guidance is a refresh of the current guidance that PHE provides (working alongside partners including the Local Government Association) to support local authorities in commissioning the Healthy Child Programme for 0-19 years. This suite of documents replaces the existing document and includes the latest policy and guidance.

Child Health Profiles Updated

PHE has updated the Child Health Profiles interactive tool which present data across 32 key health indicators of child health and wellbeing. The profiles provide an overview of child health and wellbeing for each local authority and CCG in England and are designed to help local organisations understand the health needs of their community and work in partnership to improve health in their local area. Due to delays in receipt of data from third party suppliers, the pdf profile reports for local authorities will receive their annual update at a later date (provisionally in June 2018). We have also published the results of the latest child health profiles user survey.

New Report looks at Creating National Indicators for Child Development Outcomes

PHE has published findings from work looking to create child development outcomes indicators. The report looks at how data health visitors collect from their use of the ASQ-3 as part of the Healthy Child Programme development review might be used to create indicators at a national level as part of the Public Health Outcomes Framework. A blog has been published alongside the report which summarises the opportunities for such indicators to inform the planning of early years services.

National child measurement programme operational guidance (Public Health England)

Guidance for local commissioners, providers and schools on running the national child measurement programme (NCMP).

Local transformation plan toolkit: guidance on how to design and deliver mental health services for children who have been abused (NSPCC)

The toolkit and guidance follows the annual analysis of local transformation plans looking at how the needs of these children and young people are considered in the commissioning of services. The toolkit aims to help commissioners and other stakeholders understand how their plans can better meet the mental health needs of children and young people who have been abused. Key criteria and best practice themes include: recognising that some groups of children are more vulnerable to mental health problems than the wider population, including children who have been abused and children in care; carrying out a needs analysis of vulnerable groups using a range of sources; providing evidence-based services for vulnerable groups.

Safe sleeping – supporting parents. (Public Health England)

Blog report from Wendy Nicholson, Nursing Lead for Children, Young People and Families at Public Health England, about helping parents ensure their baby sleeps well and is safe. PHE have teamed up with Lullaby Trust to develop guidance to help new and expectant parents make safer choices when deciding on sleeping products for their baby. The guidance can be downloaded here https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/about-us/safer-sleep-week-2018/ . It aims to provide parents with some key pieces of advice when choosing sleeping products.

Alternative provision innovation fund (Department for Education)

Funding to deliver projects to improve outcomes for children in alternative provision. The Alternative Provision Innovation Fund is a £4 million grant funding programme launched to support innovative practices that will deliver better outcomes for children in alternative provision.

Updated screening standards for Down’s, Edwards’ and Patau’s syndromes (Public Health England)

PHE screening blog post which covers recent changes to updated screening standards for the NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme.

Indecent images of children: guidance for young people (Home Office)

This guidance aims to help young people understand the law on making or sharing indecent images of children.
The Home Office have also produced a supporter pack to help educate young men on the law relating to indecent images of children online. To better protect potential victims and reduce demand on the criminal justice system, the campaign aims to prevent offending before it occurs and disrupt the escalation of harmful offending behaviour. The supporter pack includes more information about the campaign and materials you can use such as videos, posters, infographics and social media messages.

Mentally Healthy Schools website available nationwide (Place2Be)

The Mentally Healthy Schools website, a landmark project from Heads Together to help schools better support children’s mental wellbeing, is now available nationwide. Mentally Healthy Schools is a free and easy-to-use website for primary schools, offering teachers, school leaders and school staff across the UK reliable and practical resources to help them support the mental health of their pupils. Created by Heads Together partners Place2Be, the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families and YoungMinds, the site will provide over 600 free, easy-to-use lesson plans, activities, assemblies and more. More info on the aims of the site from the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families here.

New booklet empowers young people to understand normal vulva appearance (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology)

A new resource aimed at educating young people on normal female anatomy – specifically vulva appearance – has been launched by RCOG/BritSPAG. The resource consists of a booklet titled ‘So what is a vulva anyway?‘ and has been developed in response to an increasing number of girls and women with cosmetic genital concerns requesting surgery despite having normal anatomy.

Healthy child programme 0 to 19: health visitor and school nurse commissioning (Public Health England)

This service specification is for local authorities commissioning health visitors and school nurses, for public health services for children aged 0 to 19. The guidance from PHE has been republished to reflect new evidence and guidance to support local authorities commissioning ‘public health services for children and young people’ and in particular delivering the healthy child programme 0 to 5 and 5 to 19. It focuses on the contribution of health visiting and school nursing services leading and co-ordinating the delivery of public health for children aged 0 to 19. The healthy child programme aims to bring together health, education and other main partners to deliver an effective programme for prevention and support.

Best start in life: cost-effective commissioning (Public Health England)

A tool to help local commissioners provide cost-effective interventions for children aged up to 5 and pregnant women.

Domestic violence and abuse (Home Office)

Find out about domestic violence and abuse, coercive control, disclosure scheme, protection notices, domestic homicide reviews and advisers. This guidance is offered to coincide with the Domestic Abuse Bill consultation which is now open. Details and how to contribute are available on the consultation page.
The Home Office and Ministry of Justice have also made available social media infographics and animations to encourage engagement with the Domestic Abuse Bill consultation and raise awareness of domestic abuse. Graphic 3 concerns children.

Doctors launch ‘game-changing’ new eLearning tool to help identify muscle degenerative disorders (Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health)

The new eLearning resource, launched by RCPCH, aims to equip health professionals with the information to identify conditions such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy at the earliest opportunity. This will allow treatment to begin much earlier which will in turn, enhance mobility, prolong life and allow family members to be tested to assess the risk of passing the condition on to future generations. Go to RCPCH Compass Online Learning Tool – learn the signs and help improve the quality of a child’s life today Doctors say this new resource, aimed at health visitors, GPs, nurses and physiotherapists will void the gap of knowledge that currently exists and will finally enable awareness to catch up with the science.

 

‘Children’s Publications – Source: Children England Bulletin (March 2018)

Children’s wellbeing statistics 2018
The Office for National Statistics has published its latest statistics showing how children aged 10 – 15 feel about a range of areas of their life, including relationships and social media. The main points include:

  • The percentage of children in the UK who reported talking to their father more than once a week about things that matter to them increased significantly between 2009 to 2010 and 2015 to 2016, increasing from 38.0% to 45.2%.
  • Between 2009 to 2010 and 2015 to 2016, the percentage of children aged 10 to 15 years who argued with their mother more than once a week fell significantly, from 30.5% to 25.8%.
  • Between 2015 and 2017, the percentage of children aged 10 to 15 years who reported high or very high happiness with their friends fell significantly, from 85.8% to 80.5%.

 

Keeping children and young people out of court
The Inspectorates for probation and for constabulary and fire and justice have reviewed the operation of Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) in working with children and young people who have committed low-level offences to keep them out of the criminal justice system. It says: “We found YOTs often doing good and effective work to make it less likely that children would offend again, and to enable them to change their lives for the better. However, with some specifc changes, the work could be better still and more children could beneft, as well as local communities and society as a whole.” The report’s recommendations for YOTs are:

  • Make sure that the requirements of youth conditional cautions are meaningful to children, and describe the desired outcomes and how these will be achieved
  • Make sure that all victims have a fully informed and effective opportunity to have their views heard, and to receive an appropriate restorative intervention
  • Make sure that children understand the implications of receiving an out-of-court disposal before they are asked to accept it

 

Government responds to Youth Select Committee on Body Image
The government has published its response to the findings of the Youth Select Committee’s inquiry into body image. Whilst it agrees with the sentiment of the Inquiry’s findings and says “The Government will continue to seek opportunities to support civil society to promote and raise awareness of body image issues”, it stops short of committing to any new actions as a result, restricting itself to confirming existing initiatives and ongoing work including:

  • Considering how new PSHE curriculum content and guidance could address body image
  • Involving children and young people in testing the new approaches to mental health support set out in the green paper Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision
  • Suggesting that “if industry-led, voluntary action is unsuccessful in relation to the measures set out in the Internet Safety Strategy, legislation may be necessary” (regarding minimum standards and removal of social media content)

Growing Up North 
The Children’s Commissioner has published her year-long research into the experiences of children growing up in the north of England and the impact of the developments associated with the Northern Powerhouse project. It finds that children love where they live, but are not properly benefitting from investment in the North, which should focus more on children. The findings include:

  • Northern 2 to 3 year olds are more likely than their London counterparts to attend nursery – but are less likely to reach the expected standard of development when starting school
  • More than half of the schools serving the North’s most deprived communities are below a ‘good’ rating. This means children in these communities face the double-disadvantage of being from a poor community and attending a poor school. Schools in these ‘cold spots’ are facing the same problems: weak leadership, poor governance and difficulties recruiting staff
  • Many more children in the North than nationally are starting school with high-levels of development issues, but fewer children are having special educational needs diagnosed before they start school
  • High numbers of children across the North are dropping out of school too early, missing vital parts of their education and undermining their future prospects