Data and tools

RPC Measures Selector: Produced by the Early Intervention Foundation, this tool can be used to identify the most relevant and frequently used measures that assess need and impact relating to reducing harmful conflict between parents, supporting parent couple relationships, and improving outcomes for children as a result. By answering a few simple questions, this tool will identify which of these measures best suit your requirement. More detailed guidance on each measure is also provided.

Reports and briefing

The changing face of early childhood in the UK: Published by the Nuffield Trust, this is one review of a series of reviews which aim to draw on the changing face of early childhood in the UK. This first review explores the implications of different policy changes for parents and young children and identifies gaps in data and research such as the lack of fathers, ‘new’ family forms, local data and changing parenting practices.

Access denied: This report published by the Children’s Commissioner comes following announcements by social media platforms that plan to apply end-to-end encryption to all their messaging services. The report suggests that this end to end encryption can conceal crimes against children including grooming, exploitation, and the sharing of child sexual abuse material. The report makes a series of recommendations including the introduction of the long-awaited online harms legislation.

Research

Adolescent dating violence prevention programmes: Published in the Lancet, this systematic review aims to assess both the breadth of research and the evidence of prevention programs for adolescent dating violence globally. Of the 52 evaluations that met the inclusion criteria, 20 were implemented in LMICs. Findings suggested that the evaluations in HICs were more likely to assess effects on adolescent dating violence victimisation and perpetration, rather than just victimisation and were also more likely to include both boys and girls. Overall, 26 (50%) of the 52 evaluations reported a significant preventive effect on at least one outcome for adolescent dating violence. More research is needed to identify whether the effects of prevention programmes generalise across different settings, outcomes, and subgroups.

Longitudinal effects of breast feeding on parent-reported child behaviour: While shorter breastfeeding duration has been linked to a range of difficulties in children, evidence linking to child behavioural problems has been inconclusive. Thus, this study aimed to examine the longitudinal effect of breast feeding on parent-reported behaviour in children aged 3–14 using data come from the Millennium Cohort Study (n=111,148). Findings showed that shorter breastfeeding was associated with fewer parent-reported behavioural difficulties at all ages even after adjusting for potential confounders providing further evidence supporting the links between duration of breastfeeding and children’s socioemotional behavioural development.

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