Guides and practices

Coronavirus advice and support for parents and carers: The NSPCC offers a hub of resources providing advice and support for parents and carers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Information includes ways of talking to anxious children, tips for working at home with a child, ensuring your child is safe from abuse etc.

Advice for children and young people: Childline offers tips and tricks to cope during the lockdown for children and young people. It also offers information about the virus, and ways to cope with the anxiety around it.

Data and tools

Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: To better understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people, households and communities in Great Britain, data from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (3rd April to 13th April 2020) includes measures on compliance with government's stay at home measures and the impact of home schooling.

Oral health survey of 5-year old children 2019: The survey carried out by the National Dental Epidemiology Programme in the academic year 2018-19 aims to measure the prevalence and severity of dental caries among 5-year olds in England.

Outcomes for children looked after by Local Authorities: This statistical release provides information on the outcomes for children looked after (CLA) continuously for 12 months at 31st March 2019. The outcomes include educational attainment at key stage 1, 2 and 4; special educational needs; absence from school and exclusions from school. This is the first time that data for destination measures for looked after children and children in need have been published.

OpenWHO courses: The World Health Organization currently offers a multitude of open courses covering many topics in different languages to support the response to COVID-19, including correctly wearing and removing PPE.


Inside the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Score: Strengths, Limitations, and Misapplication: The ACE score is a powerfu tool for population surveillance and a useful framework in understanding how prevention of ACE's can reduce the burden of public health challenges. However, it is only a crude measure of cumulative childhood stress exposure that will vary from person to person with regard to frequency, intensity and chronicity. The authors express their concerns of the misappropriate use of ACE scores as a screening or diagnostic tool to infer risk to an individual and the misapplication in treatment algorithms, and as a result ignoring the limitations of the ACE score.

Effects of Telephone and Short Message Service Support on Infant Feeding Practices, "Tummy Time", and Screen Time at 6 and 12 months of Child Age: This 2 year, 3-group parallel randomized control trial carried out in New South Wales, Australia, showed that telephone and SMS interventions can be effective in reducing screen time, preventing the use of a bottle at bedtime. It also showed some improvement in infant feeding practices and tummy time.

Association of Sexual Health Interventions with Sexual Health Outcomes in Black Adolescents: This systematic review and meta-analysis published in JAMA Paediatrics synthesize results from 29 studies consisting of 11,918 black adolescents. The sexual health interventions were significantly associated with improved abstinence, condom use, sexual health intentions, sexual health knowledge, and sexual health self-efficacy.

The first infant case of COVID-19 acquired from a secondary transmission in Viet Nam: The Lancet case report describes the first infant case of COVID-19 acquired from secondary transmission in Viet Nam. The authors call for more studies to better understand the transmission in the paediatric population, and to improve the level of diagnosis, management and prevention.

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