Guidance

E-sexual and reproductive healthcare: national framework: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, PHE developed and procured the National Framework for e-Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare to support local commissioning and development of services. The framework offers a convenient, efficient, and cost-effective method for contracting with suppliers of e-sexual and reproductive health services. Suppliers include Brook, Preventx, SH:24 which will deliver services to a pre-agreed set of specifications, terms, and conditions, and to a published price list. The user guide provides further information about the framework, with detailed guidance on its use.

Supporting public health: children, young people and families: These documents published by PHE are aimed to support local authorities and providers in commissioning and delivering maternal and child public health services from preconception up to 24 years. The latest updates include documents that address 6 maternity areas where local maternity systems (LMS) have the highest impact on the health and wellbeing of women and their babies from preconception to 6 to 8 weeks post-partum. The documents provide LMS’s with the latest evidence, guidance, resources, and local practice examples. The implementation of the High Impact Area’s will help support recommendations in Better Births, the Maternity Transformation Programme, and the NHS Long Term Plan.

Reports and briefing

Planning early childhood services in 2020: This report by the Early Intervention Foundation sets out to understand the local practices and approaches relating to children's centres including Sure Start, and how far this current practice, alongside existing research and evidence, can guide the future development of these important aspects of early childhood services.

STATE OF THE NATION: Understanding public attitudes to the early years: Understanding how the public view the first five years of life is an important determinant of the priority the early years are given by parents, organisations and the wider society. The Royal Foundation conducted a rapid evidence review from which they were able to identify a knowledge gap about how this period, and the role of parents throughout these years, are perceived by parents and the public. The Royal Foundation aimed to address this gap by conducting a large piece of social work in 2019 to understand the UK’s perceptions about the period from conception to age 5 with the intention to inform its own strategy but also inform the wider society including the government and other organisations.

Research

Intimate partner violence and child attachment: A systematic review and meta-analysis: This is the first review that looks at the association between intimate partner violence (IPV) and child attachment. The authors aimed to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis to synthesise evidence on the association between IPV and attachment of infants, children, and adolescents to their primary caregiver/s. 15 studies were included and showed that IPV was significantly associated with less secure child attachment. It also showed that effect size was larger when IPV and attachment were measured during infancy compared to childhood, and when attachment was measured via observational methods compared to self-reported methods.

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