Data and tools

Child obesity and excess weight: The June 2021 update includes small area child obesity and excess weight data from NCMP for reception (age 4 to 5 years) and year 6 (age 10 to 11 years) children from 2008 to 2009 through to 2019 to 2020 academic year data for Middle Super Output Area (MSOA), electoral ward, and CCG areas. The main findings show a variation in child obesity and excess weight prevalence at small area level throughout England and obesity prevalence is highest among children living in the most deprived areas of England.

Reports and evidence briefings

Supporting and strengthening families through early help - A rapid review of evidence: The review aimed to contribute to the evidence of services designated as early help which aim to provide support to children and families before problems escalate to the point where statutory services are required. The rapid review found a range of positive outcomes for children and families for a range of different interventions to support and strengthen families. Despite the difficulties evaluating early help, there is a growing case for funding and delivering these services. However, far more must be done to define and clarify the outcomes that the offer is intended to deliver.

Generation covid: The economic impact of Covid-19 on young people in the United Kingdom: Many young people suffered financially over the pandemic, with reduced incomes or lost work. This led to many struggling to make ends meets, and being forced to rely on universal credit. Increased anxiety and financial pressures have seen an increased demand on mental health services, and without the correct support, this could impact on young people’s ability to find and sustain work. Creating new jobs is just one part of the solution to supporting young people out of COVID-19. The Government must also level up young people and improve the accessibility of employment for them. While Government interventions have been welcome and for the most part effective, there is a real opportunity to build on these successes and ending the various schemes too early could have a detrimental effect on young people and undo the good work so far. Based on the research conducted by the All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG), they have crafted a series of realistic, affordable, achievable, and cross-party recommendations that we believe will provide the necessary support that young people need.

Research

Effect of Training Pediatric Clinicians in Human Papillomavirus Communication Strategies on Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Rates: The authors aimed to evaluate the effect of an online communication training for clinicians on missed opportunities for HPV vaccination during paediatric healthcare visits. The cluster randomised clinical trial included 48 primary care paediatric practices in 19 states across the USA. The intervention composed of three sequential online educational modules aimed to help clinicians communicate with parents about the HPV vaccine. Findings showed that the intervention reduced missed opportunities for vaccine initiation by 6.8% compared to the control. However, the intervention had no effect on missed opportunities for subsequent doses of the HPV vaccine. The findings favour intervention practices that aim to improve communication of clinicians to parents on HPV vaccination.

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