Guidance

Providing school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: The Department of Education has updated its guidance on providing school meals during the COVID-19 outbreak to include guidance on ordering vouchers online, sending e-codes to families and information on how to redeem these vouchers.

Reports and briefing

Injustice or In Justice: While there has been a reduction in the number of children caught up in the criminal justice system, there are still hundred of children that end up in courts. In comparison, only 13 children aged 15-17 were in prison in the whole of Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland and Denmark combined. The report published by the Children’s Commissioner calls for a radical change in approach – a Scandinavian style approach to prevent children becoming involved in crime. The reports also published a set of recommendations.

Understanding the impact of Brexit on health in the UK: This report published by the Nuffield Trust maps out the sectors of health that will be affected by Brexit, and addresses the different dilemmas that these health sectors will face in light of these huge legislative changes. It also addresses the less discussed but important impacts including the short term supply of medicines and medical devices, the ability for NHS to hire as a result of the end of a free movement of labour, and how the UK will go on to regulate causes of ill-health such as poor air quality, tobacco and unhealthy food.

Research

CONservative TReatment of Appendicitis in Children: While acute appendicitis is the most common surgical emergency in children, a recent non-operative treatment (antibiotics alone, without an appendicectomy) has become apparent, but has not entered mainstream clinical practice. This study aims to conduct a feasibility trial to assess the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a non-operative treatment pathway compared with appendicectomy in children with uncomplicated acute appendicitis. The feasibility randomised controlled trial (RCT) was conducted across three specialist paediatric surgery centres in the UK. Findings suggested that recruitment and adherence was good and treatment pathways were found to be safe and adverse event profiles were acceptable.

Screening for intimate partner violence in the early postpartum period: Intimate partner violence (IPV), a leading cause of injury of women, affects an estimated 3%-11% pregnant women. However, the developmental trajectory of these women who experience IPV and their children is unknown. The study aimed to examine maternal, child health, social outcomes from birth to 5 years post delivery associated with a positive maternal IPV screen at time of delivery. This study took place in Manitoba, Canada with a sample of 40,051 women with data used from administrative databases from the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. Findings suggested after 5 years, women with a positive screen had increased odds of mental and physical disorders and children of these women had an increased odds of diagnosed attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, lower respiratory infections, injury hospitalizations and developmental vulnerability.

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