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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Hungry holidays: a report on hunger amongst children during school holidays

All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger and Food Poverty, May 2017

This report presents the results of a short inquiry conducted between February and April 2017 and explores the extent and causes of hunger amongst children during school holidays.

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Unintentional injuries: prevention in children under 5 years

Public Health England, February 2017

This guidance, produced in association with the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), is for all staff working with children under 5 years and covers the 5 injury priorities:

  • choking, suffocation and strangulation
  • falls
  • burns and scalds
  • poisoning
  • drowning

The guidance also covers fire and roads.

Each injury priority includes data for England, actions for health professionals and safety messages for parents and carers.

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Improving outcomes for children and families in the early years: a key role for health visiting services

Local Government Association, February 2017

These case studies published in collaboration with the Institute of Health Visiting explore how integrating health visiting with other services such as children’s centres, early help, safeguarding and public health teams, can provide better support to children and their families. However, the report also raises concerns regarding health visitor posts being cut as a consequence of the reductions to local government funding.

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Fatherhood: the impact of fathers on children’s mental health

Centre for Mental Health, February 2017

This briefing reviews evidence about the role of fathers in children’s mental health. It finds evidence that fathers have a big influence on their children’s mental health yet few get any help or support to fulfil their potential as parents.

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