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The Child and Maternal (ChiMat) Health Intelligence Network has published a first version of the Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Framework. This new resource brings together and builds on health outcomes data from the Public Health Outcomes Framework and the NHS Outcomes Framework. It responds to the Children and…
Health Minister Edwin Poots today launched the public consultation on the final phase in the review of paediatric healthcare services in Northern Ireland. This phase focuses on the palliative and end-of-life care of children and young people, and how bereaved families are helped to cope with the loss of their…
During 2012, Amplify (the Children’s Commissioner’s advisory group of children and young people) embarked on developing and carrying out a research project. As a group they decided they wanted to explore the impact that living in low income households had on children and young people’s lives. What makes this research…
Some 3.5 million children – over a quarter of all children –  currently live below the poverty line in the UK. And this has a devastating impact on their lives. Children growing up in poor homes are more likely to die at birth or in infancy than children born into…
Wednesday, 1 Jan, 2014

Preventing Family Separation

Families offer the best protection of children and are more likely to provide the conditions for healthy development. Children who have been separated from their families are more vulnerable to abuse, exploitation, and neglect. Prevention of separation from families, and the provision of services to maintain family unity, is therefore…
The classification, identification and treatment of mental illnesses in children raises particular challenges. For example, what are the appropriate criteria for diagnosing children with a mental disorder? How can we avoid the risk of stigmatisation that some children and their families experience? What are the risks of not identifying mental…
The Flying Start programme aims to improve outcomes for children in some of the most disadvantaged areas across Wales. This is done through providing four key Flying Start entitlements to children under four years old and their families: enhanced health visiting, parenting support, support for early language development (primarily in…
A project to give kids the best health start in life has been launched in the North-east. NHS Grampian’s board approved the Child Health 2020 strategy and an outline action plan. It is designed to make sure children from all areas of the North-east have the same chance of a…
The Big Lottery Fund has launched a £75m programme aimed at helping children at risk of developing long-term mental health issues. The HeadStart funding will be focused on 12 already identified areas where councils have been invited to form partnerships with local stakeholders, including charities, to run the scheme. The…
Only half of children born in 2011 and last year will be guaranteed two years of nursery provision, according to research. The current legal entitlement to Scottish Government-funded places can vary by up to 317 hours or £1,033 based on date of birth, think-tank Reform Scotland found. It warns that…
Children’s services in Flintshire have been recognised as being among the best in Wales in various areas of a county. A report from the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales found adult and children’s services to be performing positively in Flintshire. The annual report evaluated social services provision across Flintshire…
Health trust's chief executive told inquiry into the deaths it sincerely regrets the pain and suffering experienced by the families A health trust has apologised to the families of five children who died in its care. Belfast Health Trust’s chief executive, Colm Donaghy, told an ongoing inquiry into the children’s…
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