Feeding in the First Year of Life

Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition, July 2018

Report from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN)  thatconsiders evidence on the impact of infant feeding on short and longer term health outcomes for infants and mothers. It also considers factors that influence eating behaviour and diversification of the diet and makes recommendations on feeding in the first year of life. SACN’s conclusions are largely consistent with existing advice on infant feeding, the introduction of solid foods and diversification of the infant diet.

  1. Breastfeeding makes an important contribution to infant and maternal health. SACN recommends retaining existing advice for women to exclusively breastfeed for around the first 6 months and to continue breastfeeding for at least the first year of life once solid foods have been introduced. SACN recommends that infants are not introduced to solid foods until around 6 months of age.
  2. Recommends that a wide variety of solids foods, including iron-containing foods should be introduced in an age appropriate form from around 6 months of age. The types of food, flavours and textures offered should become increasingly diverse throughout the complementary feeding period. SACN noted that new foods may need to be presented to infants on many occasions before they are accepted, particularly as infants get older.
  3. Recommends that advice on complementary feeding should state that foods containing peanut and hen’s egg can be introduced from around 6 months of age and need not be differentiated from other solid foods. The deliberate exclusion of peanut or hen’s egg beyond 6 to 12 months of age may increase the risk of allergy to the same foods.

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Protecting children during an outbreak: immunisation in schools

Public Health England, July 2018

This guidance covers:

  • the rationale behind offering vaccination in schools during an outbreak
  • the evidence of the effectiveness of programmes delivered in schools
    a range of consent advice

It is available to download only and is suitable for healthcare professionals, headteachers and all school staff.

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The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry – July 2018

The July edition of The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry has been published.  This issue includes articles on the definition, recognition, and treatment challenges of irritability in young people, secular changes in the symptom level of clinically diagnosed autism, and the impact of treatment delivery format on response to cognitive behaviour therapy for preadolescent children with anxiety disorders.

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Bullying: Evidence from LSYPE2, wave 3 Research brief

Department for Education, June 2018

This research brief is based on data from the second Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE2).

In 2015, LSYPE2 interviewed 10,010 young people in year 11. The report provides:

  • statistics on different types of reported bullying
  • the results for pupils with different characteristics

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A Trauma-informed Health and Care Approach for responding to Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation: Current knowledge report

Department of Health and Social Care, May 2018

This report sets out current knowledge on trauma-informed care approaches to child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation. It includes personal case studies and recommendations for a trusted relationship model.

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Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry – June 2018

The June edition of Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry has been published.  This issue includes articles on adolescent substance use, a comparison of the characteristics and outcomes of parent‐ and teacher‐reported oppositional defiant disorder, and developmental stability of general and specific factors of psychopathology from early childhood to adolescence.

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Transgender awareness in child and family social work education

National Institute of Economic and Social Research, May 2018

This research provides evidence on:

  • transgender awareness in social work education and training
  • transgender awareness amongst child and family social workers
  • transgender people’s experiences of child and family social work in England

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