On measuring the number of vulnerable children in England

Children’s Commissioner, July 2017

This analysis from the Children’s Commissioner for England aims to report on the scale of vulnerability among children in England.  The initial analysis has found that over half a million children so vulnerable that the state has to step in, 670,000 children in England are growing up in ‘high risk’ family situations and 800,000 children are suffering from mental health difficulties.

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Health behaviour in school age children (HBSC): data analysis

Public Health England, June 2017

The series of 3 reports focus on:

  • self-harm
  • cyberbullying
  • emotional wellbeing of adolescent girls

These reports examine the data and explore what protective factors may exist in a young person’s life which may be linked to their mental health outcomes, ranging from personal attributes, family, school, peer and wider community context.

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A Healthy State of Mind: improving young people’s mental fitness

Localis, June 2017

The report on young people’s mental health aims to identify what the system requires to be able to work better to both offer immediate help to those with serious conditions and a wide and flexible variety of support for all those who feel they need it.

The report focuses on:

  • Overcoming barriers around first point of contact and access to services
  • The role of non-mental health professionals in helping young people with their mental fitness
  • The benefit for services of encouraging young people to have resilience, agency and independence
  • Settings where non-mental health professionals interact with young people – primarily primary care and education but also social services where there are high levels of state interaction

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Protection of Nurses Working with Children and Young People

Royal College of Nursing, May 2017

This guidance aims to raise awareness among nurses and their managers of the complex issues surrounding safeguarding in the context of relationships between nurses and children and young people. We include the age range of 0-18 (up to 25 years in line SEND reforms) in this definition and also advocate the need for special consideration in view of children and young people who may have a disability, or other need that affects their mental capacity to make decisions. This guidance concentrates on allegations of abuse made against staff eg, smacking a child, inappropriate physical contact.

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Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Key Facts

Royal College of Nursing, May 2017

At RCN Congress 2016 child mental health was debated. Members expressed concern about the current state of children and young people’s mental health across the UK. This publications calls for a range of actions in relation to these concerns and highlights examples of good practice.

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Adolescent obesity and related behaviours: trends and inequalities in the WHO European Region, 2002–2014

World Health Organization, May 2017

This report reveals that the number of obese adolescents is continuing to rise in many countries across the WHO European Region. It highlights persisting inequalities in obesity among young people and indicates that ongoing health promotion and disease prevention efforts aimed at reducing childhood obesity are failing to adequately reach these groups.

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