Guidance

Promoting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing: This guidance documents sets out key actions that headteachers and college principals can take to embed a whole school approach to promoting emotional health and wellbeing. These actions are informed by evidence and practitioner feedback about what works. The document also signposts to practice examples and resources to support implementation.

Data and tools

Child and maternal health statistics: This is a collection of statistics to support improvements in decision making when planning services for pregnant women, children, young people and families. The latest updates include 'Characteristics of children receiving universal health visitor reviews', 'Health visitor service delivery metrics experimental statistics: 2019 to 2020 annual data' and 'Child development outcomes at 2 to 2 and a half years experimental statistics: 2019 to 2020 data'.

Reports

Building back better: This report published by the Children’s Commissioner discusses how children’s policy has changed over the last six years, addressing both the progress and the emerging concerns. It also includes a new analysis on ways which poverty, special educational needs and childhood vulnerability interact to create multiple disadvantages. This report aims to build back better, to identify the children and families who need extra help from the early years and to deliver impactful long term help so that all children are able to thrive.

Research

COVID-19 pandemic: health inequities in children and youth: The majority of deaths of children due to COVID-19 will be due to the indirect causes - poor access to nutrition, housing, water and sanitation, vaccines and universal healthcare. In this article, The International Society for Social Paediatrics and Child Health (ISSOP) outlines the impact of COVID-19 to child and youth health inequities. It draws on clear calls for action by governments, health professionals, researchers and advocacy organisations to ensure that the pandemic does not worsen existing health inequities with lifelong and intergenerational consequences for children and youth.

Prevalence and trends in tobacco use among adolescents aged 13–15 years in 143 countries, 1999–2018: Using data from the Global Youth Tobacco Surveys, the study aimed to assess the recent prevalence of tobacco use on adolescents aged 13-15. The most recent global prevalence suggested that 11.3% boys and 6.1% girls have smoked a cigarette once in the past 30 days, 6% boys and 2.6% girls smoked in the last 3 days. In the majority of countries (80 of 140), the prevalence of cigarette smoking on at least 1 day during the past 30 days decreased between the first and last surveys. However, the prevalence of smoking other tobacco products increased. These findings are substantial and emphasise the need to strengthen tobacco control efforts among young adolescents globally.

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