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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Use of electronic cigarettes in pregnancy: A guide for midwives and other healthcare professionals

Smoke Free Action, June 2016

This short briefing has been produced by the Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group and is intended to provide a summary of the evidence on electronic cigarettes, with suggested responses to some frequently asked questions about their use during pregnancy.

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Supporting the health and wellbeing of military families

Public Health England, December 2015

Health professionals such as health visitors, midwives and school nursing teams working with stakeholders, including social care, early years and education providers, have a crucial role in identifying children of military families. They can work with parents to improve health outcomes, particularly in terms of emotional health and wellbeing.  This document supports health visitors and school nurses to deliver improved outcomes, and outlines aspirations for service delivery.

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Research Reflections by Emma Cummings

Community Practitioner – November 2015

Emma Cummings, Health Visitor at Lancashire Care, reflects on her experiences of undertaking the Lancashire Internship for Nurturing Research Capability and Skills (LINCS) Clinical Academic Research Internship. The aim of this internship programme was to build research capacity and capability by creating and supporting research opportunities for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals (AHP).  This internship is offering her the opportunity to prepare an application for a doctoral fellowship where she hopes to undertake a piece of research to further explore the role of health visitors in supporting women suffering from perinatal mental illness.

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Measuring child development at age 2 to 2.5 years

Department of Health, 6 January 2015

This factsheet explains how the ASQ-3 tool will be used to collect data for a public health outcome measure of child development at age 2.

The factsheet is for health visiting providers and others involved in the roll-out of the ASQ-3™ tool, and provides information about:

  • what the tool is
  • how it will be used
  • why it was chosen
  • accessing the tool
  • training for using the tool
  • data collection arrangements

Click here for further information and to download the factsheet.

Parents to get complete picture of child development

Department of Health, 21 November 2014

From September 2015, health and early years practitioners will work side by side to improve outcomes for young children.  Integrated health and early years reviews for 2 to 2-and-a-half-year-olds will be rolled out next year.

Currently, health and early years reviews of young children are carried out separately. By integrating them, parents will get a more complete picture of their child, drawing on the expertise of health visitors and early years practitioners.

Age 2 is a key development point where problems such as speech delay and behavioural issues emerge. Integrating these assessments will help avoid duplication and work towards giving parents the support they need.  Integrated reviews will mean bringing together the healthy child programme review at 2 to 2-and-a-half and the early years progress check at age 2 years.

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