What is happening to children and young people’s risk behaviours?

Cabinet Office, 18 August 2015

The Horizon Scanning Programme Team led a research project on ‘risk behaviours’ in children and young people in the first year of the programme.

Risk behaviours potentially expose people to harm, or significant risk of harm which will prevent them reaching their potential, or damage their health and wellbeing. The evidence suggests a slow and steady decline in risk behaviours and negative outcomes, such as drinking, drug use, smoking, youth crime, suicide, and teenage pregnancy.

This paper summarises the views of the academics, practitioners, policy officials and young people at this discussion. It is not a statement of government policy.

Click here for further information and to download the paper.

Advertisements

Food for Thought: Promoting Healthy Diets Among Children and Young People

British Medical Association, July 2015

This report sets out the measures needed to help promote healthier diets among children and young people. It makes recommendations for the improvement of promotion of healthy behaviours including: improving knowledge and attitudes towards healthy eating; the limitation of unhealthy cues and promotion of unhealthy food and drink; and international co-operation on nutrition.

Click here to download the full report.

Click here to download the summary.

Social inequalities in early childhood health and development: a European-wide systematic review

UCL Institute of Health Equity, March 2015

As part of the DRIVERS project this paper examines health inequalities in relation to early childhood health and development in order to discern the causes of social inequalities. The study aims to:

1. To conduct a systematic review on social inequalities, early child development and early child health;
2. To analyse and develop methodologies for interventions regarding unequal child development and health;
3. To provide analytic evidence using data from WHO-Europe member countries that helps to explain social inequalities in early child development and early child health, and identifies factors that would reduce health inequalities across the European region.

The paper examines available evidence in order to make recommendations for policy and practice.

Click here to view the full report.

More breastfeeding ‘could save NHS millions’

BBC News, 5 December 2014

Increasing the time women breastfeed could save the NHS millions of pounds by improving the health of mother and baby, figures suggest.

The analysis by Unicef UK said there was a “strong economic case” for supporting more women to breastfeed…

Click here to view the full story.

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.

Click here for further information.

Funds pledged to help children with eating disorders

BBC News, 2 December 2014

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is set to pledge an extra £150m of funding to help children with eating disorders.  The aim is to invest in preventative therapy to cut the need for hospital treatment…

Click here to view the full story.