Department for Education, July 2016
This report shares findings and presents recommendations on how to overcome barriers to effective multi-agency working and information sharing to protect vulnerable children and families.
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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.
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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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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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Public Health England, May 2016
This resource for health professionals and local authorities focuses on investing in early years services from pregnancy through to 2 years old.
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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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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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