Evidence-based early years intervention

House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, November 2018

This report urges the Government to develop a new national strategy to capitalise on the opportunity that early intervention provides to transform the lives of those who suffer adversity in childhood, while also saving long-term costs to Government.

The Committee’s Report identifies examples of early intervention working well around the country, but also the challenges that local authorities and their partners currently face in delivering effective, evidence-based early intervention. It concludes that the overall provision of early intervention in England is fragmented, with varying levels of support, focus on evidence, and success.

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End of life care: strengthening choice: An inquiry report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Children Who Need Palliative Care

All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Children Who Need Palliative Care, October 2018

Report that highlights five areas of particular concern, where many children and their families have limited access to:

  • children’s palliative care out of hours and at weekends
  • short breaks for respite
  • age-appropriate palliative care and smooth transitions to adult services
  • specialist children’s palliative care teams led by Level 4 consultants
  • advance care planning

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Journal Of Child Psychology And Psychiatry, And Allied Disciplines – November 2018

The November issue of Journal Of Child Psychology And Psychiatry, And Allied Disciplines has been published.  This issue includes a systematic review of anxiety associated with negative interpretations of ambiguity in children and adolescents, an article on development of autistic social traits across childhood and adolescence in males and females, and a randomized waitlist‐controlled trial of cognitive behavior therapy to improve emotion regulation in children with autism.

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A Crying Shame: A report by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner into vulnerable babies in England

Office of the Children’s Commissioner, October 2018

This report looks at how many babies might be vulnerable in this way and presents the facts about the sort of risks even very young children are being exposed to. Much of the data is missing; however, we are publishing the best estimates we can give of the numbers of babies living in high-risk households. A more detailed technical report explains some of the factors which affect the calculations2 – namely, that very little data is collected or collated about vulnerable babies, and that the data which does exist is often reported for children in age brackets (0-4) and not broken down for babies under a year old.

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State Of Child Health: Short report series: Child health in 2030 in England: comparisons with other wealthy countries

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, October 2018

This report uses long term historical data on key children and young people (CYP) health outcomes and various projection modelling methods to estimate CYP outcomes in 2030 in England compared with other wealthy European and western countries. The accompanying recommendations report calls for NHS England to develop a Children and Young People’s Health Strategy for England, to be delivered by a funded transformation programme led by a dedicated programme board. It predicts that in England, by 2030:

  • mortality rates are set to be 140% higher for infants than in comparable wealthy nations
  • reported mental health problems may increase by 60%
  • A&E attendances among children and young people likely to increase by 50%
  • nearly one-third of England’s most deprived boys will be obese.

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Access to children and young people’s mental health services: 2018

Education Policy Institute, October 2018

Report from the the Education Policy Institute considering the  state of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) in England.  It finds:

  • Referrals to child and adolescent mental health services have risen significantly in recent years.
  • Some areas have lost early intervention services supporting children and young people’s emotional and mental health and wellbeing, including those for children that receive statutory support.
  • Timely and high-quality specialist care will always be necessary, and more needs to be done to ensure it is in place across the country.
  • There needs to be a focus on taking demand out of the system.

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Making The Difference: Breaking the link between school exclusion and social exclusion: 60-second Summary

Institute for Public Policy Research, August 2018

Institute for Public Policy Research, report that notes excluded children are the most vulnerable: twice as likely to be in the care of the state, four times more likely to have grown up in poverty, seven times more likely to have a special educational need and 10 times more likely to suffer recognised mental health problems. Yet our education system is profoundly ill-equipped to break a cycle of disadvantage for these young people.  A new programme should be established, committed to delivering the best in education to the most vulnerable children. Run by a dedicated education charity, leaders graduating from this new programme – The Difference – would be a catalyst for change throughout the education system.

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