Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Keeping children safe from abuse and harm: Published by PHE, this guidance aimed at parents and carers brings together the sources of information about the main risks’ children may be vulnerable to during the pandemic. It also signposts to available help and support. It includes information on mental health, online child safety, protection from radicalisation etc.

Reports

Still not safe: The Public Health response to youth violence: This report by the Children’s Commissioner assesses how effectively existing infrastructure within local authorities is being used to deliver a public health approach to prevent youth violence. The report showed that most local authorities are missing opportunities to identify some of the most -risk children and ensure appropriate services are in place to prevent harm. Directors of Public Health need to do more to strengthen local responses and being able to understand the drivers of youth violence and engage in a clear strategy.

We can’t prevent childhood obesity by education alone: lessons from the evidence base: This policy briefing by the University of Bristol examines the randomised control trails across countries and settings through a wider determinant of health lens and compares the focus of the interventions against previously mapped causes of obesity which show that approximately 60 per cent of the causes come from living and working conditions, such as housing or transport, or wider conditions, such as income equality or land use. The recommendations/implications include the importance of collected interventions and policies as opposed to single interventions in preventing obesity, the fact that RCTs may not be the best evidence to support decision making around childhood obesity prevention.

Through a gender lens women and tobacco in the WHO European region: This report provides a brief summary of some of the challenges, old and new, that women and girls face in the context of the tobacco epidemic in the WHO European Region, outlining the gendered nature of tobacco use and exposure, and how the tobacco industry continues to target them through gendered messaging. It also provides recommendations for approaches and policy interventions that take a gender lens to tobacco control. It reveals that although tobacco use among women is decreasing overall, the rate is going down at a much slower pace than in men, and in some countries it is increasing.

Join in

Supporting parents to strengthen children’s early learning: Join the webinar on 4th March between 13:00 - 15:30GMT with the Nuffield Foundation to discuss the evidence and practice from the randomised controlled trial of Save the Children’s Families Connect Programme. The event is intended to strengthen learning and strategies to reduce the impact of disadvantage on the attainment gap and support approaches to parental engagement. It is an opportunity to share learning, highlight evidence gaps and promote enquiry into what makes for sustainable change.

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