Life in ‘likes’: Children’s Commissioner report into social media use among 8-12 year olds

Children’s Commissioner, January 2018

Children’s Commissioner’s report on the effects of social media on 8-to-12-year-olds examines the way children use social media and its effects on their wellbeing. ‘Life in Likes’ fills a gap in research showing how younger children use platforms which social media companies say are not designed for them. Whilst most social media sites have an official age limit of 13 years, some research has suggested ¾ of 10-to-12 year olds have a social media account.

While 8-10s use social media in a playful, creative way – often to play games – this changes significantly as children’s social circles expand as they grow older. This report shows that many Year 7 children are finding social media hard to manage and becoming over-dependent on ‘likes’ and ‘comments’ for social validation. They are also adapting their offline behaviour to fit an online image, and becoming increasingly anxious about ‘keeping up appearances’ as they get older.

Click here to view the report.

Local transformation plans for children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing: Guidance and support for local areas

NHS England, August 2015

This guidance and the programme of support that goes with it are designed to empower local partners to work together to lead and manage change in line with those key principles through the development of Local Transformation Plans for Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing.  The document provides guidance for local areas on the development of Local Transformation Plans to support improvements in children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Click here to view the full guidance.

My life, my support, my choice: A narrative for person centred coordinated care & support for children & young people with complex lives

National Voices, March 2015

This report, published today by National Voices and the Think Local Act Personal partnership (TLAP), sets out how good, coordinated – or integrated – support looks to children and young people.  The report offers a clear set of outcomes that commissioners and service providers should be working to.  It covers children and young people up to the age of 25 and takes account of the transition into adulthood.

Click here for further information and to download the report.

Preventing suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people: a toolkit for nurses

Public Health England, March 2015

These toolkits are a collaboration between the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Public Health England (PHE).

They are primarily for nurses who work with children and young people, whether in community or hospital settings, including school nurses and practice nurses.

These toolkits aim to:

  • develop skills and knowledge and recognise the wider context of mental health in relation to LGBT sexual orientation and identity.
  • provide a general outline for health professionals looking to increase their skills and knowledge around suicide prevention strategies with LGBT young people

Click here further further information and to download the toolkits.

What works in promoting social and emotional well-being and responding to mental health problems in schools?

National Children’s Bureau, March 2015

The National Children’s Bureau have produced a one-stop advice and framework document to provide the most up-to-date and evidence informed advice and guidance for schools on ‘what works’ in promoting emotional well-being and mental health in schools.

Click here for further information and to download the guidance.

Promoting physical activity for children and young people

NICE Evidence Update, April 2015

A new Evidence Update has been published for NICE public health guidance 17 (2009). This provides a summary of selected new evidence published since the literature search was last conducted for the guidance.

NICE Evidence Updates help to reduce the need for individuals, managers and commissioners to search for new evidence and keep health and social care professionals up-to-date with new research. While Evidence Updates do not replace current accredited guidance and do not provide formal recommendations, they do highlight new evidence that health and social care professionals may wish to consider alongside current guidance.

Click here to view the Evidence Update.

Improving mental health services for young people

Department of Health, 17 March 2015

Dr Warren Larkin, Clinical Network Director of Children and Families network at Lancashire Care, was part of a Taskforce that contributed to the findings of a recently published Government report on Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing.

The report sets out how recommendations to improve mental health and wellbeing services for children and young people can be achieved through better working between the NHS, local authorities, voluntary and community services, schools and other local services. It also makes it clear that many of the changes needed can be achieved by working differently, rather than needing significant investment.

Click here to download the full paper.