Turning the page on poverty: Child Poverty Action Group has co-produced a resource with Children North East and the National Education Union, aimed at helping teachers and school staff tackle poverty. It acts as a practical guide for staff, with information on poverty and ideas for how to reduce the costs of the school day. It includes sections on how best to talk about poverty and how schools can reduce poverty stigma and how they can support families facing poverty.
Equity Is the Foundation of Adolescent-Friendly Health Care: In this viewpoint, published by JAMA, the authors summarise and comment on the developmental findings from two important and recent reports: The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth (Promise) and Promoting Positive Adolescent Health Behaviors and Outcomes: Thriving in the 21st Century (Promoting). The authors address ways in which paediatric health care professionals and systems can reimagine their practices to capitalize on this developmental period and ensure that all youth have equitable opportunities to thrive.
Global effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on paediatric cancer care: a cross-sectional study: The study aimed to assess the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on childhood cancer care globally using a cross sectional study design. Cross sectional surveys were distributed to paediatric oncology providers worldwide from June 22 to Aug 21, 2020, and included 60 questions to assess institution characteristics, the number of patients diagnosed with COVID-19, disruptions to cancer care etc. 311 responses from 79 countries were included of which 7% repo centres reported complete closure of paediatric haematology-oncology services. Only 2% of centres were no longer evaluating new cases of suspected cancer, while 43% of the remaining centers described a decrease in newly diagnosed paediatric cancer cases. The COVID-19 pandemic has considerably affected paediatric oncology services worldwide, posing substantial disruptions to cancer diagnosis and management, particularly in low-income and middle-income countries.
Gestational age on trajectories of social competence difficulties into adolescence: The study aimed to assess the association between gestational age groups and the development of social competence difficulties (SCDs) from childhood into mid-adolescence and to assess the mediation by maternal psychological distress. This was done using children from the UK Millennium Cohort Study (n=15821). Results showed that developmental trajectories of SCDs were U-shaped in all groups. Very preterm (VP) children (