Over two million children in England are growing up in families where there are serious risks, major study from Children’s Commissioner reveals
The Children’s Commissioner has published Vulnerability report 2018 which brings together a range of information held by various government departments, agencies and others to reveal the scale of child vulnerability in England. It estimates that 2.1 million of England’s 11.8 million children – one in six – are living in families with risks so serious that they need some level of help.
The study also warns that for 1.6 million of those vulnerable children, the support is effectively ‘invisible’ – we don’t know if they are actually getting any coordinated help, despite the difficulties they are growing up with. Some of the risks these children face include parents with mental health problems or parents who are alcoholics or have substance abuse problems.
The 2.1 million children growing up in families with these complex needs includes:
890,000 children with parents suffering serious mental health problems
825,000 children living in homes with domestic violence
470,000 children whose parents use substances problematically
100,000 children who are living in a family with a “toxic trio” (mental health problems, domestic violence and alcohol and/or substance abuse)
470,000 children living in material deprivation
170,000 children who care for their parents or siblings
Warmer weather forecasts for parts of England have prompted warnings to take care from Public Health England
The hot weather has now been in place for 2 weeks and we are seeing an increase in the number of people who are attending GP surgeries and calling NHS 111 for heat related conditions such as sunburn, sunstroke, heatstroke and insect bites.
The top ways for staying safe when the heat arrives are to:
look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions
close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
drink plenty of water as sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated
never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
take care and follow local safety advice, if you are going into the water to cool down
walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat
avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling
Revised statutory guidance on inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. It sets out new legal requirements for local police, councils and health services who will be required to make joint safeguarding decisions | Department for Education
Children at risk of abuse or neglect will now be protected through improved partnerships between local police, councils and health services.
Strengthened guidance published by the Department for Educationsets new legal requirements for the three safeguarding partners, who will be required to make joint safeguarding decisions to meet the needs of local children and families.
Senior police, council and health leaders will jointly be responsible for setting out local plans to keep children safe and will be accountable for how well agencies work together to protect children from abuse and neglect.
The new advice is aimed at all professionals who come in to contact with children and families and includes guidance on current threats to child protection, such as sexual and criminal exploitation, gangs and radicalisation.
More than four in five of NHS users would be willing to pay more tax to secure significant improvements to the service, according to a new poll commissioned by the NHS Confederation | story via OnMedica
The Ipsos MORI poll surveyed 1,003 adults across England, Scotland and Wales and found that 84% of participants polled would be willing to pay more tax if the NHS’s level of service ‘improved a great deal’, compared with 75% who would be willing to pay more tax for slightly improved services. 61% would be willing to pay more if it ensured that services remained at current levels.
Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “The poll shows that the British people are willing to pay more for better care and that there is an understanding we have to change the way we deliver care – we cannot go on as we have been.
“But we must not raise expectations about what can be achieved – there will be tough decisions ahead. The settlement is welcome, but falls short of the 4% independent experts say we need to deliver even modest improvements.
“It is now undeniably clear there is an appetite among the taxpayers to put their hands in their pockets for the cash we need to make the NHS a service we can be proud of in its 70th year and for the years to come”.
Looking ahead: the NHS at 100 | Healthcare Financial Management Association
The challenges facing the NHS are significant. Waiting lists are increasing, A&E attendances are rising and access to GP
appointments can be difficult. Alongside this is a growing population who are living longer and developing more complex conditions, which increases demand on an
already overstretched service.
This report explores the key challenges the HFMA think will have the biggest impact on the financial future of health and social care. It highlights the likely direction of travel and provides insight to help inform current decision-making.