Community Practitioner – July 2017

The July edition of Community Practitioner has been published.  This issue includes articles on child obesity, sleep problems in children, and the risk to child health of difficult family break-ups.

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New iHV resources to help reduce Domestic Slavery in the UK

Institute of Health Visiting, May 2017

The Institute of Health Visiting has produced a new Good Practice Points publication and a new e-learning module aimed at helping health visitors to spot the signs of an individual in Domestic Slavery (DS) and what to do about it, in support of the Government campaign “Spot the Signs”.

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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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Foundations for Life: What Works to Support Parent Child Interaction in the Early Years

Early Intervention Foundation, August 2016

This report is a groundbreaking assessment by the Early Intervention Foundation of 75 early intervention programmes aimed at improving child outcomes through positive parent child interactions in the early years.

The report shows that there are a number of early signals of risk to children’s development such as child behaviour problems, insecure attachment, delayed development of speech and language and lack of maternal sensitivity, which can be effectively responded to by available, well-evidenced programmes or for which new programmes are under development.

Click here for further information and to download the report.

Best start in life:Promoting good emotional wellbeing and mental health for children and young people

Local Government Association, July 2016

This reports suggests that tackling mental illness in children should begin before they are born, at a time when expectant mothers can suffer mental health problems. The report states that early interactions and experiences directly affect how a child’s brain develops and concludes it is vital that intervention is made at this critical stage to reduce the chances of mental illness developing in children.

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