Library – Health/Wellbeing

Accessibility Plans as Effective Tools for Inclusion in Schools, Are They Working?

Added: 24/01/2020 at 10:15 am Category: Diversity, Education, Health/Wellbeing

New research project report highlights “shocking impact” on disabled pupils of schools’ failures around Accessibility Plans and equality of access.

Approaches to preventing and tackling bullying

Added: 22/06/2018 at 8:44 am Category: Bullying, Health/Wellbeing

Qualitative research to understand anti-bullying practices schools have found effective.

These include approaches to tackling bullying generally and more specific types of bullying, for example:
•racial bullying
•special educational needs and disability (SEND) bullying
•lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) bullying

The report contains common themes found throughout the research and 7 case studies. It’s intended to be used as a resource by schools and other stakeholders looking for examples of anti-bullying practices.

Briefing: Falling through the Gaps in Education

Added: 26/03/2018 at 10:22 am Category: Health/Wellbeing

Measuring and assessing the scale of vulnerability among children in England in order to reduce those vulnerabilities is one of my key priorities. In July 2017, I published a report called ‘Vulnerability in Children’ which brought together a range of information held by government departments, agencies and others to reveal shocking statistics about the number of children living in vulnerable situations. It estimated that half a million children – a number equivalent to the entire population of the city of Manchester – need direct intervention or care from the state because they are living vulnerable lives.

Building a country that works for all children post covid-19 (ADCS Discussion Paper)

Added: 15/07/2020 at 8:41 am Category: Health/Wellbeing, Safeguarding

All communities and every aspect of children’s services have been affected by Covid-19, however, experiences have varied greatly, and for some, this period will have been exceedingly difficult and traumatic. The purpose of this short discussion paper is three-fold: to put children, young people and their lived experiences of Covid-19 front and centre in national recovery planning; to articulate what is needed to restore the public support services they rely on; and, to capture the positives and gains made during a very complex national, and indeed, global emergency.

Characteristics of children in need: 2018 to 2019 (DoE)

Added: 04/11/2019 at 7:35 am Category: Health/Wellbeing, Safeguarding

The number of children in need at 31st March decreased very slightly from 2018 to 2019. Episode starts are unchanged, but more have ended compared to last year.

Children’s Voices: The Wellbeing of Children excluded from Schools and in Alternative Provision

Added: 26/03/2018 at 10:23 am Category: Education, Health/Wellbeing

This report explores findings from an evidence review of the views, perspectives and experiences of children who have been, or are at risk of being, excluded from school and children in alternative provision, on matters related to their subjective wellbeing. The report forms part of a series of studies examining the subjective wellbeing of vulnerable groups of children in England. This series was produced as part of a larger project focused on improving evidence about childhood vulnerability.

Children’s Voices: The Wellbeing of Children in Detention in England

Added: 26/03/2018 at 10:25 am Category: Health/Wellbeing, Youth Justice

This report explores findings from an evidence review of the views, perspectives and experiences of children in detention, on matters related to their subjective wellbeing. This report forms part of a series of studies examining the subjective wellbeing of vulnerable groups of children in England. This series was produced as part of a larger project focused on improving evidence about childhood vulnerability.

Children’s Voices: The Wellbeing of Children involved in Gangs in England

Added: 26/03/2018 at 10:26 am Category: Crime/ASB, Health/Wellbeing

This paper reports the findings from an evidence review of the views, perspectives and experiences of children in involved in gangs, on matters related to their subjective wellbeing. The report forms part of a series of studies examining the subjective wellbeing of vulnerable groups of children in England. This series was produced as part of a larger project focused on improving evidence about childhood vulnerability.

Covid-19 and early intervention: Evidence, challenges and risks relating to virtual and digital delivery

Added: 27/04/2020 at 9:45 am Category: Health/Wellbeing, Online Safety

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a global public health crisis that is having and will continue to have a profound impact on every area of life. Many services for children and families will face significant disruption, as a wide range of services – such as parenting classes, home visiting programmes, youth work, counselling services and school-based services – have traditionally been delivered face-to-face.

Covid-19 and early intervention: Understanding the impact, preparing for recovery

Added: 18/06/2020 at 9:04 am Category: Health/Wellbeing, Safeguarding

This report highlights the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown on local services for children and families, based on the experiences of service leaders and head teachers, and explores their responses to both the immediate challenges and the major challenges on the horizon, as the country moves towards recovery.

Heads Up! a toolkit of sessions to run with young people to promote mental health and emotional well-being

Added: 26/03/2018 at 9:48 am Category: Health/Wellbeing

‘Mental well-being can be described as a combination of how we feel …and how we function… It is something that affects everyone, old and young, and anyone can experience good or poor mental well-being.’ Promoting emotional well-being should be at the heart of all work with young people. These session plans are designed to be used in a variety of settings and are meant as tools for you to use and adapt in a way that suits your own context.

Impact of shared decision-making family meetings on children’s out-of-home care, family empowerment and satisfaction: A systematic review

Added: 17/02/2020 at 7:50 am Category: Health/Wellbeing

This review comprehensively identified and assessed the evidence of the effect of shared decision-making family meetings in reducing the need for placing children in out-of-home care, and increasing family reunification, family empowerment and satisfaction, as well as reviewing the published literature on the cost- effectiveness of shared decision-making family meetings.

Leaders Unlocked: Policing the Pandemic

Added: 20/07/2020 at 3:43 pm Category: Health/Wellbeing

Policing the Pandemic is youth-led study that seeks to provide a snapshot of young people’s views and experiences of policing during lockdown. Between May and June 2020, the project gathered views from over 3900 young people across England and Wales.

Learning Disabilities, Autism and Internet Safety

Added: 28/03/2018 at 10:42 am Category: Diversity, Health/Wellbeing, Online Safety

Families of children with disabilities often use the Internet as a key tool to keep them informed about their legal rights, appropriate treatments and services that might be available for their families. Parents often seek advice and support from online networking groups and forums and these can help us shape our plans for ensuring our children get the support they need.
This guide outlines some suggestions to help parents limit the risk of their child having negative experiences online and understand what action can be taken if they do. This guide also suggests some resources that will help children get the most out of the Internet at home and in the community. The guide will present some case studies of actual experiences people with learning disabilities and autism have had online and learning points that can be taken from these experiences.

Looked after Minds – Prioritising the Mental Health of Care-Experienced Children and Young People

Added: 21/11/2019 at 7:30 am Category: Health/Wellbeing

Mental health matters to care-experienced children and young people. It is consistently raised as one of the key priorities from young people themselves, but their calls for action are not being taken seriously enough and they are often left waiting for the support they need.

National Child Centred Policing Action Plan

Added: 30/05/2018 at 8:56 am Category: Crime/ASB, Education, Health/Wellbeing, Safeguarding, Youth Justice

Skin gambling: teenage Britain’s secret habit (Parentzone)

Added: 23/07/2018 at 8:45 am Category: Health/Wellbeing, Online Safety

This research began because one young person told us he thought skin gambling was a problem. It turned out he was not alone. Two in five young people who know about it agree. We share their concern. Our investigation has uncovered a complicated ecosystem of games, sites and services that knowingly and unknowingly facilitate gambling with virtual currencies. With the help of young gamers, we have learnt that in-game purchases and rewards can easily be used to gamble, and that young people have enterprising ways to fund gambling activity.

Staying Well at Home: Coping With Anxiety: A FREE Workbook for Young People Aged 11-19 Years Old

Added: 09/06/2020 at 4:39 pm Category: Health/Wellbeing

Mental health, like physical and social health, is something we all have and need to take care of. But whilst it’s easy to smile on a sunny day, surrounded by friends with everything going our way, we have all had to adapt very quickly to a whole set of unexpected changes as we isolate at home. Looking after your emotional wellbeing now will help you cope better with feelings of anxiety and stress during lockdown and prepare you for the challenges ahead as we slowly return to normal.

Study of Early Education and Development (SEED)

Added: 25/02/2020 at 7:38 am Category: Education, Health/Wellbeing

Several decades of research indicated that early childhood education and care (ECEC) can have a positive effect on children’s educational, cognitive, behavioural and social outcomes, in both the short and long term, particularly if it is of good quality.

The detention of young people with learning disabilities and/or autism

Added: 04/11/2019 at 7:33 am Category: Diversity, Health/Wellbeing

We regard ourselves as a civilised society with a respect for human rights. Most people would say we should take extra care to support young people and those who are disabled. But the brutal truth is that we are failing to protect some of the most vulnerable young people – those with learning disabilities and/or autism. And indeed, we are inflicting terrible suffering on those detained in mental health hospitals and causing anguish to their distraught families. The recent BBC Panorama programme showing taunting and abuse of patients at Whorlton Hall exposed the horrific reality for some.

The Positives of Autism

Added: 25/02/2019 at 12:46 pm Category: Diversity, Health/Wellbeing

An info-graphic produced by Leeds University which raises awareness of the positive features of autism is now also available. The aim of this is to encourage academic staff and those working with autistic students to think how best to harness the positives of autism.

The state of children’s mental health services

Added: 30/01/2020 at 8:36 am Category: Health/Wellbeing

“Across my work as Children’s Commissioner, mental health remains the issue children raise with me most often. Children are now more aware of their own mental health, and much more prepared to discuss it. This is very welcome. But children are also aware of how hard it is to get help, for them or for their friends. Access to support remains the biggest issue for children’s mental health services.”

Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper

Added: 26/07/2018 at 7:39 am Category: Health/Wellbeing

People with mental health problems have too often in the past experienced unfair discrimination and poor treatment. In recent years however, we have seen a welcome shift in attitudes to mental health. The Prime Minister and this Government have provided the leadership needed to correct this historic injustice and are committed to delivering and building upon the vision set out in Future in Mind.1 We are a major funder of anti stigma initiatives. And we were among the first to legislate for ‘parity of esteem’ between mental and physical health. This means that in delivering health services, the two should be considered equally important.

UK Poverty 2019/20

Added: 11/02/2020 at 8:07 am Category: Health/Wellbeing

This is the 2019/20 edition of JRF’s annual report on the nature and scale of poverty across the UK and how it affects people who are caught in its grip. For a decent standard of living, we all need security and stability in our lives – secure housing, a reliable income, and support when things get difficult. For too many of us, there is no such security. Millions of people in the UK are struggling to get by, leading insecure and precarious lives, held back from improving their living standards. It’s time to take action on poverty and put this right. In this report we set out what we need to do to turn the tide on poverty.

Vulnerable Young People: COVID-19 Response (April 2020)

Added: 04/05/2020 at 9:30 am Category: Education, Health/Wellbeing

This report highlights the scale and prevalence of young people’s needs that are amplified by the pandemic.
It draws on the latest data and vulnerability framework by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England, with valuable insights from partners and young people from across the youth sector.

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