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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Parents Say Toolkit

Young Minds, December 2015

This toolkit supports services delivering mental health treatment to young people to implement parent participation in all aspects of their work – from Assessment, to Intervention, to Service Delivery.  It also supports services to make an effective business case for parent participation.

Click here for further information and to access the toolkit.

Focus on: Bullying and Mental Health

Anti-Bullying Alliance, December 2015

This briefing paper pulls together the latest findings, both in the UK and internationally, which show how involvement in school bullying, whether as a ‘victim’, ‘bully, or ‘bullyvictim’, is linked to poorer mental health outcomes throughout adolescence and into adulthood.

Click here to read the full report.

An equal right to sight: why eye care for children with learning disabilities needs reform

SeeAbility, October 2015

This investigation by the charity SeeAbility has found that, despite good work by many eye care professionals to support children with learning disabilities, there is no failsafe system to ensure all children in this high risk group receive any regular checks on their eyesight or wear the glasses they need.  The charity is calling for a national plan to meet the eye care needs of children with learning disabilities in England. As a start, we recommend the government and the NHS properly fund specialist sight tests and glasses dispensing in all special schools.

Click here to read the full report.

Measuring Mental Wellbeing in Children and Young People

Public Health England, October 2015

This resource is designed to help local organisations decide how to best gauge the mental wellbeing of children and young people in their areas. It also helps to identify local opportunities to enhance wellbeing, including through community or physical activities, as well as factors that may have a negative impact, such as high crime rates and family breakdown.

Click here for further information and to download the resource.

Helping children to be safer, healthier and free of crime

Public Health England, October 2015

This pathway provides guidance to school nurses and youth justice professionals working with young people who are in the youth justice system or at risk of being involved. It sets out the rationale for effective partnership working and pulls together the core principles to help local areas develop their own local frameworks to support effective working.

Click here for further information and to download the guidance.

‘Passport’ style brief of young people’s mental health launched

NHS England, 15 October 2015

A ‘passport’ style brief of key facts that children and young people using mental health services can use to help them avoid repeating their history and preferences has been launched by NHS England.  The ‘passport’ idea, which includes clinical information as well as key personal preferences, has been developed by young people, parents and carers and can now be used across care settings either on paper or on mobile phones.

Click here for further information.