COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

Advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak | Public Health England

This advice is to help adults with caring responsibilities look after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people, including those with additional needs and disabilities, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Full detail: Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Children’s guide to coronavirus

Children’s Commissioner | March 2020| Children’s guide to coronavirus
The Children’s Commissioner has produced a guide specifically for children, the guide aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home.

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BMA: Supporting a healthy childhood

BMA | February 2020| Supporting a healthy childhood: the need for greater investment in services in England 

BMA has published its report Supporting a healthy childhood: the need for greater investment in services in England. The BMA’s analysis of recent data highlights insufficient investment in England across a range of services to support a healthy childhood, with funding for a number of different services being cut in recent years. This lack of resource is likely to have an adverse impact on child health in England.

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The report includes:

  • Analysis and findings of spending on children’s social care in 2019/20
  • Recommendations for a cross-government ‘healthy childhood strategy’
  • Recommendations to reverse budget cuts to children’s services in England

Supporting a healthy childhood (PDF)

The inside story: Health effects of indoor air quality on children and young people

Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health | January  2020 | The inside story: Health effects of indoor air quality on children and young people

Children in the UK spend more and more of their lives indoors, and the health impact of the air within our homes and schools must be taken seriously. A systematic review of the science of indoor pollution, and conversations with children, young people and families. We make recommendations for Government and local authorities, and provide guidance for families.

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The inside story: Health effects of indoor air quality on children and young people

The state of children’s mental health services

Children’s Commissioner | January 2020| The state of children’s mental health services

The third annual report on mental health report from the Children’s Commissioner, Anne Longfield, said that, despite years of government commitments, the publication says an extra £50 million was spent on specialist mental health services for children in 2018/19. Although 53,000 more young people started treatment, the report says many are still not getting the help that they need. NHS spending on children’s mental health continued to lag behind spending on services for adults, leaving substantial unmet need. On average, the NHS spends £225  on mental health for every adult but only £92 for every child.

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BMJ Child mental health: improvements are too slow, says report

BBC News Children ‘end up in care and custody’ over mental health

[Report] Children’s Commissioner The state of children’s mental health services

Quality Improvement Taskforce for children and young people’s mental health inpatient services

This document provides details of NHS England’s vision for delivering mental health, learning disability, and autism inpatient services 

The primary scope of the quality improvement taskforce is to ensure inpatient services deliver safe, high quality care for children and young people.
In order for the taskforce to deliver this it will look at:

• Workforce: including the training and support for staff.
• Hospital Facilities.
• Inpatient admissions.

Full document: Taskforce Charter: National Quality Improvement Taskforce for children and young people’s mental health inpatient services

Growing up unequal: gender and socioeconomic differences in young people’s health and well-being

World Health Organization | January  2019 | Growing up unequal: gender and socioeconomic differences in young people’s health and well-being

The World Health Organization (WHO)  has published its report Growing up unequal: gender and socioeconomic differences in young people’s health and well-being. 

The WHO’s Health Behaviour In Schools (HSBC) surveys over 3000 young people aged 11, 13 and 15-year-olds every four years.

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It finds that over a quarter of young people surveyed indicated that they are too tired to concentrate on their schoolwork: 17% of 11-year-olds, 28% of 13-year-olds and 42% of 15-year-olds.

The proportion of 15-year-olds who say they experience low moods at least once a week has also risen to 50% (this figures was 40% in an earlier poll). Females are less likely to have enough sleep (32%) when compared with young males (23%).

The report also observes that one in four 15-year-olds say they have self-harmed – and the proportion is rising faster among boys (Source: WHO).

In the news:
BBC News One in four children ‘has too little sleep’