Guidance

COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing: This guidance published by Public Health England is aimed to help adults with caring responsibilities to look after the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, including those with additional needs and also disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. An easy to read guide has also been made available and translated versions will be uploaded soon. The guidance will continue to be updated in line with the changing situation.

Data and tools

HPV vaccination coverage in adolescent females and males in England: The dataset provides the vaccine coverage data for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations received by Year 8 and 9 females and males in the academic year 2019 to 2020. This data is made available by local authority and NHS England local team. It is also accompanied by an report found here.

Reports

State of the nation 2020: children and young people’s wellbeing: Recent evidence has pointed to an overall low state of wellbeing of children compared to other similar countries. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in fundamental changes to the lives of children and young people (CYP). Thus, this annual report collates publicly available data on CYPs during the first months of the pandemic aimed to inform the government, CYP services and schools. It has already been used to inform the department’s approach to supporting CYP and their families and teachers and schools. It will, alongside other evidence, continue to be used in developing this support strategy further. The report also presents data on a collection of indicators of CYP wellbeing.

Research

Association Between Parent Comfort With English and Adverse Events Among Hospitalized Children: Children of parents expressing limited comfort with English (LCE) may be at increased risk of adverse events. This paper aimed to examine the association between parent LCE and adverse events in a cohort of hospitalised children that included 1666 Arabic-, Chinese-, English-, and Spanish-speaking parents of general paediatric and subspecialty patients 17 years and younger in the paediatric units of 7 North American hospitals. The study findings showed that children of parents who expressed LCE had higher odds of having 1 or more adverse event than those parents who expressed comfort with English. They were also more likely to experience 1 or more preventable adverse event. It is therefore important to implement strategies to improve communication and safety for this vulnerable group of children.

Impact of COVID-19 mitigation measures on the incidence of preterm birth: a national quasi-experimental study: Preterm birth is the leading cause of child mortality. Initial evidence suggested that the incidence of preterm births reduced following the implementation of COVID-19 restrictions. This study aimed to study the impact of the COVID-19 measures in Netherlands on the incidence of preterm birth using a national quasi-experimental difference-in-regression-discontinuity approach. Using data from 15999547 singleton neonates, the study showed consistent reductions in the incidence of preterm births across various time windows. These results along with others similar findings are an important gateway to further explore data from across the globe to substantiate these findings and explore the underlying mechanisms.

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