The state of child health – a fragmented approach with deepening public health cuts

31 March 2018
The State of Child Health: One year on reviews progress across a range of key child health indicators and recommendations from the original RCPCH report in 2017. Its conclusions, in the form of ‘scorecards’ for England, Scotland and Wales, reveal progress in some areas but concerns about the lack of improvement in ‘several fundamental areas’ including the lack of plans for an overarching child...

Creating better streets

31 March 2018
Creating better streets: Inclusive and accessible places is a new industry review from the CIHT which looks into the operation of ‘shared space’ schemes in our communities.  Report recommendations include:

Child Safety Week 2018 - Safe Children: Together we've got this

31 March 2018
Child Safety Week offers a great opportunity to raise families’ awareness, forge partnershis and put child accident prevention on the local agenda. This year it runs from 4 to 10 June. Sign up to get involved. Child Safety Week is the Child Accident Prevention Trust’s flagship annual community education campaign. This year it runs from Monday 4 to Sunday 10 June.

THINK! PUT AWAY YOUR PHONE – a new campaign

30 March 2018
Parents in particular are often under pressure while driving, from school run timings and work deadlines, to difficult traffic conditions and bad weather. Although it may seem too easy to reach for the mobile phone while driving, the message for all drivers from this updated DfT campaign is clear. Don’t do it!

Parents want more information and community support

9 January 2018
Researchers from the Family and Childcare Trust found that parents say they need early years services to help them to parent better, provide information and strengthen community relationships. However, the report points out that early years services are under ever increasing pressure from reduced funding in many local areas.

Health visiting survey highlights concern about overstretched and overloaded staff

4 January 2018
More than 1 in 3 health visitors worry that they are so stretched that there may be a tragedy in their area, while more than 1 in 5 health visitors are working with caseloads of over 500 children – these are the stark and disturbing findings from the Institute of Health Visiting  (iHV) 2017 annual survey of over 1400 health visitors. Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, Executive Director of the iHV...

28% increase in child road deaths

18 October 2017
The number of child fatalities and seriously injured child casualties in road traffic accidents in Great Britain both showed increases in 2016, according to the latest statistical release from the Department of Transport. While the number of child fatalities have fluctuated between 48 and 69 between 2010 and 2016, the latest figure is the highest number of child deaths since 2009 and a 28%...

Improving attitudes to road safety

17 October 2017
Public attitudes to transport are included in the British Social Attitudes Survey 2016. There are positive findings for various road safety measures including:

Speed Down Save Lives for Road Safety Week 2017

17 October 2017
Right across the UK, speeding on our roads is a major problem. Speeding puts everyone in the community at risk of serious injury. But the dangers are particularly acute for children, whose lack of awareness and smaller size leaves them vulnerable to fast moving traffic.

Celebrate school nursing week 10-14 July

4 July 2017
The first School Nurse Week takes place this year on 10-14 July, organised by Unite and the Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association (CPHVA). As well as celebrating the role of these key professionals in the lives of children and young people, it’s also a chance to explain how their work supports the health and wellbeing connections that are made every day between schools, homes...