Reports and evidence briefings

The Good Childhood Report 2021: Published by the Children’s Society, the Good Childhood Report 2021 reports on the latest trends in children’s well-being. The document reports on children’s responses to the Good Childhood Index (an index measuring subjective well-being for children aged eight and over), three Office for National Statistics (ONS) measures of personal well-being and six measures of self-reported well-being included in the Understanding Society survey. Among many key findings, 12% of children were deemed to have low well-being, while the report also found that school, friendships, and appearance continue to cause the greatest dissatisfaction in adolescence.

Access to healthcare for migrant and undocumented children: There is growing evidence that healthcare charging causes harm including specifically to children and young people in the UK. This includes direct harm through denial of care, and indirect harm, for example delayed presentations through fear of charging or deportation. The RCPCPH opposes this healthcare charging and has set out key messages for health professionals and policy recommendations. They have also published guidance for healthcare professionals which aims to provide the knowledge and tools to advocate for migrant children and their families.

Research

Early intervention for children aged 0 to 2 years with or at high risk of cerebral palsy: This systematic review aims to evaluate the evidence-based recommendations to guide early intervention across 9 domains in children aged 0 to 2 years who have or are at high risk of cerebral palsy. Of the 16 systematic reviews and 27 RCTs eligible for inclusion, findings suggest that there was good-quality evidence for involvement of parents in intervention programs and task-specific and context-specific interventions to improve motor and cognitive outcomes in children with cerebral palsy. The evidence in other developmental domains is not as strong, and conditional recommendations are based on other high-risk populations.

International migration of unaccompanied minors: trends, health risks, and legal protection: The global population of unaccompanied minors is increasing, but there is no systematic collection of data. Hence, very little is known about this population. Compared to adult migrants, unaccompanied minors are more at a risk of harm to health and integrity which may affect their health in the short and or long-term. The review summarises the evidence surrounding international migration and health of unaccompanied minors in order to ensure that this population is provided with the right protection.

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'Deaths of despair': A tale of two countries: This episode by the Health Foundation podcast discusses how life expectancy, a key indicator of health and wellbeing has been stalling across most OECD countries in the last ten years, with it stalling most in the US and the UK. The two expert guests in this podcast include Professor Sir Angus Deaton, co-author of Deaths of despair, and Nobel Prize winner for Economics and Sarah O’Connor, an Employment Columnist for the Financial Times.

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