Reports

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill: The Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment (CRWIA) has drafted an initial assessment of the impact of incorporating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scottish law on children and young people.

Missing Numbers in Children’s Services: The importance of good data is well understood, as it shapes policy and practice. This report written by the Institute for Government, in partnership with Nesta, explores what data is available on children’s centres and youth services, and how the government might overcome the barriers they face in enhancing this data. The report consistently finds a lack of good quality data, thus making numerous recommendations to identify data demand and supply, conducting analyses of the data gaps, and initiating data transformation projects.

No way out: This report, published by the Children’s Commissioner explores the impact of living through lockdown in a B&B, an already inappropriate accommodation for children. The briefing reports on the findings and outlines what needs to be done to protect homeless children as the country enters a “new normal”.

Research

Men’s and women’s views on acceptability of husband-to-wife violence and use of corporal punishment with children in 21 low- and middle-income countries: Using UNICEF’s Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, the study looked at nationally representative samples of men and women in 37,641 households in 21 low- and middle-income countries to evaluate men’s and women’s views on acceptability of husband-to-wife violence and the use of corporal punishment in the household. Study findings showed that 46% of households believed that husbands are justified in hitting their wives, and that children in these households were 1.83 times the odds of experiencing corporal punishment. Thus, working towards the prevention of violence against women and children must be complementary.

Trends in Use of Advanced Imaging in Pediatric Emergency Departments, 2009-2018: With the known awareness of radiation risks from computed tomography (CT) in paediatric patients, this paper looks to evaluate the use of the advanced imaging in the past 10 years across paediatric emergency departments (ED) in the US. Examining over 26 million paediatric ED visits in this cross sectional study, results showed that the overall rate of advanced imaging increased from 6.4% of encounters in 2009 to 8.7% in 2018; specifically, the rate of computed tomography decreased from 3.9% to 2.9%, the rate of ultrasonography increased from 2.5% to 5.8%, and the rate of magnetic resonance imaging increased from 0.3% to 0.6%. The study also noted a sizeable variation in practice and a necessity to standard imaging practices.

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Children and Domestic Abuse: Identifying and Responding to Harm: The Violence, Abuse and Mental Health Network (VAMHN) is running a free webinar on the 1st of October 2020 between 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM BST focusing on children and domestic abuse. Speakers include Professor Helen Minnis from the University of Glasgow, Dr Lessa Hooker from La Trobe University and Concetta Perot from King’s College London. Register here.

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