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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The Good Childhood Report 2018

The Children’s Society, September 2018

The Good Childhood Report 2018 is the seventh in a series of annual ‘state of the nation’ reports on children’s well-being in the UK, born out of a desire to fill the gap in what is known about how children feel about their lives. It finds that one in six (16 per cent) of more than 11,000 children aged 14 surveyed reported self-harming. It looks at the reasons behind the unhappiness which increases the risk of children self-harming. The report urges the Government to make sure that every child can talk to a counsellor in their school.

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International early learning and child well-being study (IELS) in England: Introduction to the research

Department for Education, August 2018

International early learning and child well-being study (IELS) is a study of children’s cognitive and social-emotional development at age 5. The study is being carried out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 2018 for the first time. The research report includes information about England’s participation in the study.

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National Child Measurement Programme: Operational guidance 2018

Public Health England, August 2018

This guidance document advises local commissioners and providers of the NCMP on how the programme should be implemented. This helps to maintain the high quality of the programme, supports a cost effective approach and helps local partners to ensure that it is embedded in local strategies and actions to reduce childhood obesity.

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