Guides

Child and maternal health data and intelligence: This new guidance aims to support commissioners, service planners and other healthcare professionals to use the available child and maternal health data collected by Public Health England to make and or influence decisions about services that aim to improve the health of children, young people and pregnant women.

Data and tools

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) - January to March 2020: In support of the Department of Health and Social Care’s FGM Prevention Programme, the FGM Enhanced Dataset (FGMED) presents a national picture of the prevalence of FGM in the NHS in England. Data is collected by healthcare providers in England, including acute hospitals, mental health services and GP practices. This quarterly report focuses on attendances between January 2020 and March 2020. It is important to note that the time period of the report coincides with a time of increased pressure on NHS services as a result of the coronavirus, so caution should be taken while interpreting the reductions.

Reports

Cancer x Coronavirus: The impact on young people: Young people with cancer are feeling further isolated. This report by the Teenage Cancer Trust shows that young people are having difficulties accessing emotional and psychological support and are finding the isolation from friends and family, school or work hardest to manage. It also includes some clear recommendations for government and healthcare providers to ensure care and support for young people with cancer.

Time for a Clean Slate - Children’s Mental Health at the Heart of Education: This report by Barnardo's calls on the government to support schools in prioritising student and staff wellbeing. It also calls on the government to seize this opportunity to bring about a sea change in the education system - to prioritise child welfare and wellbeing, so that it is on a par with academic achievement.

Research

Where do we go from here? A child rights-based response to COVID-19: This editorial co-authored by Dr Rosina Kyeremateng of BACAPH, discusses the children and young people (CYP) most at risk globally and the direct and indirect health and social consequences as a result of the COVID-19 response. The authors call for a rights-based approach for action to alleviate the real harms to children, acknowledging that the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 response are likely to increase inequities nationally and internationally. They also discuss the concerted regional, national, and global efforts require to act on the priorities for CYP in response to COVID-19.

Association of Parental Mental Illness With Child Injury Occurrence, Hospitalization, and Death During Early Childhood: In this cohort study of the 1999322 singleton births in Taiwan from 2004 to 2014, parental severe mental illness was associated with an increased risk of several child injury outcomes during early childhood - higher rates of injury events, injury hospitalization, and injury deaths. Excess risk may be effectively reduced by providing mental health interventions, parental support, and home safety educations to parents with severe mental illness in the early years.

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