Child Health / Paediatrics

Child protection Australia 2009-10 – AIHW – 21 January 2011

Posted on January 21, 2011. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics | Tags: , , |

Child protection Australia 2009-10 – AIHW – 21 January 2011

“This report contains comprehensive information on state and territory child protection and support services, and the characteristics of Australian children within the child protection system. Across Australia in 2009-10 over 187,000 children were the subject of a child protection notification; just over 31,000 children were the subject of a substantiation; around 37,000 children were on care and protection orders; almost 36,000 children were living in out-of-home care; and there were almost 8,050 foster carer households.”

Authored by AIHW.

Published 21 January 2011; ISSN 1320-081X; ISBN-13 978-1-74249-103-5; AIHW cat. no. CWS 39; 152pp

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Getting better? Improving outcomes for children and young people – Research messages – C4EO – January 2011

Posted on January 20, 2011. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics |

Getting better? Improving outcomes for children and young people – Research messages – C4EO – January 2011

Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People’s Services (C4EO), London

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Australian secondary school students’ use of tobacco, alcohol, and over-the-counter and illicit substances in 2008 – released 18 January 2010

Posted on January 18, 2011. Filed under: Alcohol & Drug Dep., Child Health / Paediatrics |

Australian secondary school students’ use of tobacco, alcohol, and over-the-counter and illicit substances in 2008 – released 18 January 2010

National Drug Strategy

Ministerial press release

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Marketing obesity? Junk food, advertising and kids – Parliamentary Paper – 12 January 2011

Posted on January 18, 2011. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics | Tags: , , |

Marketing obesity? Junk food, advertising and kids – Parliamentary Paper – 12 January 2011

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Childhood Obesity: An Economic Perspective – Productivity Commission – 25 October 2010

Posted on October 26, 2010. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Health Status | Tags: , |

Childhood Obesity: An Economic Perspective – Productivity Commission – 25 October 2010

Staff working paper

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Australian Social Trends – update 29 September 2010

Posted on September 29, 2010. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Child Health / Paediatrics | Tags: |

Australian Social Trends – update 29 September 2010

4102.0 – Australian Social Trends, Sep 2010
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/09/2010

Released quarterly, Australian Social Trends presents analysis and commentary on a wide range of social issues.

The September edition includes the following articles:

Parental divorce or death during childhood;
Holidays abroad;
New Zealanders in Australia;
The city and the bush – Indigenous wellbeing across Remoteness Areas;
Older people and the labour market, and;
Australian workers: Education and workplace training.

The September AST release also includes National and State summary indicator sets (as Excel datacubes) for Health and Economic Resources chapters.

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Diabetes type 1 in childhood. National Service Framework for children, young people and maternity services – UK – 7 September 2010

Posted on September 9, 2010. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Diabetes |

Diabetes type 1 in childhood. National Service Framework for children, young people and maternity services – UK – 7 September 2010

Document type: Guidance
Author: Department of Health

This exemplar describes a care pathway for a child with Type 1 diabetes.

Download Diabetes type 1 in childhood exemplar (PDF, 2712K)

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Systems of Care Coordination for Children: Lessons Learned Across State Models – Commonwealth Fund – 3 September 2010

Posted on September 7, 2010. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Health Systems Improvement | Tags: |

Systems of Care Coordination for Children: Lessons Learned Across State Models – Commonwealth Fund – 3 September 2010

S. Silow-Carroll and G. Hagelow, Systems of Care Coordination for Children: Lessons Learned Across State Models, The Commonwealth Fund, Sept. 2010.

“Overview
There are few organized systems of referral and care coordination for children and families identified with early developmental delays, complex medical conditions, and difficulties negotiating the medical and related support systems, but some promising models are emerging. This report summarizes lessons from programs in five states that refer families to appropriate community or state programs, help coordinate their care, provide support and follow-up to ensure they receive needed services, and provide a feedback loop to primary care providers. Common features of successful programs include: maximizing efficiencies through shared resources, leveraging and partnering with other organizations, in-depth involvement with pediatric practice staff, appropriate training and tools, flexible program design, measurement and evaluation, and a holistic approach to care. The findings point to a need for greater identification and dissemination of best practices and technical assistance, stable funding sources, and integration of care coordination into new models of health care financing and delivery.”

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Unlocking the Potential of School Nursing: Keeping Children Healthy, In School, and Ready to Learn – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – 2010

Posted on August 23, 2010. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics | Tags: |

Unlocking the Potential of School Nursing: Keeping Children Healthy, In School, and Ready to Learn – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – 2010

“For more than a century, school nurses have played a critical role in keeping U.S. schoolchildren healthy. Their duties go far beyond tending to recess scrapes and bruises. They deal with students’ chronic health conditions, life-threatening allergy and asthma events and epidemics of various sorts; they connect students to substance-abuse treatment, mental, behavioral and reproductive health services; they screen for vision, hearing and other problems that might impair learning; they ensure immunization compliance and administer first aid; and more. In short, school nurses provide care that many children would not otherwise receive, and greatly reduce the overall cost of care because they are able to intercept and address problems before they become severe and costly.   …”

The latest issue of Charting Nursing’s Future, “Unlocking the Potential of School Nursing: Keeping Children Healthy, In School, and Ready to Learn,” examines the vital contributions of school nurses to the American medical and education systems, describes the funding challenges they face, and highlights proposed policy solutions.”

Full text of the report

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What Are the Long-Term Economic Costs of Psychological Problems During Childhood? – RAND – 2010

Posted on August 12, 2010. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

What Are the Long-Term Economic Costs of Psychological Problems During Childhood? – RAND – 2010
 
By: James P. Smith, Gillian C. Smith

Examines the lifetime economic damages caused by childhood psychological problems.

Pages: 2
Document Number: RB-9548

Full Document  (pdf  File size < 0.1 MB, < 1 minute modem, < 1 minute broadband)

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Incidence of Type 1 diabetes in Australian children 2000-2008 – AIHW – 5 August 2010

Posted on August 11, 2010. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Diabetes | Tags: |

Incidence of Type 1 diabetes in Australian children 2000-2008 – AIHW – 5 August 2010

“Type 1 diabetes is a serious, life-long disease which causes a major health, social and economic burden for individuals with the disease, their families and the community. There were over 8,000 new cases of Type 1 diabetes diagnosed in Australian children between 2000 and 2008, an average of two new cases every day. But, while the rate of new cases increased significantly over the first part of the decade (2000-2004), there has been little change since 2005. Incidence of Type 1 diabetes in Australian children 2000-2008 presents the latest available national data on new cases of Type 1 diabetes for children from Australia’s National Diabetes Register.”

Authored by AIHW.

Published 5 August 2010; ISSN 1444-8033; ISBN-13 978-1-74249-042-7; AIHW cat. no. CVD 51; 35pp

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Mental Health of Young People, 2007 – ABS – published 19 July 2010

Posted on July 21, 2010. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

4840.0.55.001 – Mental Health of Young People, 2007   – ABS – published 19 July 2010
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/07/2010

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State Case Studies of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Systems: Strategies for Change – July 16, 2010

Posted on July 21, 2010. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

State Case Studies of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Systems: Strategies for Change – July 16, 2010

Fund Report (518K PDF)

D. R. Lyman, W. Holt, and R. H. Dougherty, State Case Studies of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Systems: Strategies for Change, The Commonwealth Fund, July 2010.

“Overview
This report examines the efforts made in Colorado, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island to develop mental health systems of early identification and intervention for children from birth to age 5. While each state is in a different stage of development, together they provide a picture of progress and opportunities for national change in this evolving area of health care. The study focuses on the process of change and identifies common strategies for achieving innovation. State profiles, examples of major initiatives, and descriptions of exemplary practices illustrate ways that states can improve services and policies. Conclusions underscore the value of articulating a national vision of comprehensive infant and early childhood developmental and mental health systems of care, in which child and family well-being are promoted and needs are identified and treated as early as possible in life.”

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WHO Model Formulary for Children – 18 June 2010

Posted on June 18, 2010. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Pharmacy | Tags: |

WHO Model Formulary for Children – June 2010

New WHO guidance to improve use of medicines for children: Model Formulary for Children provides information on how to use over 240 essential medicines

ISBN 978 92 4 159932 0

“18 JUNE 2010 | GENEVA — The first ever WHO Model Formulary for Children released by the WHO provides information on how to use over 240 essential medicines for treating illness and disease in children from 0 to 12 years of age. This means that for the first time medical practitioners worldwide have access to standardized information on the recommended use, dosage, adverse effects, and contraindications of these medicines for use in children. A number of individual countries have developed their own formularies over the years, but until now there was no single comprehensive guide to using medicines in children for all countries.”

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Investigation Into Febrile Convulsions In Young Children After Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Interim Findings And Recommendations – 1 June 2010

Posted on June 2, 2010. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Infectious Diseases, Influenza A(H1N1) / Swine Flu |

Investigation Into Febrile Convulsions In Young Children After Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Interim Findings And Recommendations 1 June 2010 (PDF 69 KB)
Professor Jim Bishop
Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer
1 June 2010

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Not just a phase: a guide to the participation of children and young people in health services – Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health – 2010

Posted on May 19, 2010. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics | Tags: |

Not just a phase: a guide to the participation of children and young people in health services – Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health – 2010

“Not Just a Phase is a guide to the participation of children and young people in health services and has been developed and published by the Young People’s Health Special Interest Group of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

The guide is designed primarily for paediatricians, senior children’s nurses and leaders of organisations which provide general and specialised health services for children and young people. Not Just a Phase provides information to ensure the safe, meaningful and ethical participation of children and young people within the delivery of quality child health services and practically demonstrates how we can contribute towards creating a culture of participation.”

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Evidence-Based Health Care for Children: What Are We Missing? The Commonwealth Fund – April 2010

Posted on May 19, 2010. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Evidence Based Practice | Tags: |

R. D. Sege and E. De Vos, Evidence-Based Health Care for Children: What Are We Missing?, The Commonwealth Fund, April 2010.

Issue Brief (748K PDF)

“Overview
With the enactment of comprehensive health reform, reimbursement for a variety of health care services will likely depend on evidence to support that provision. Understanding what constitutes “evidence” will have a profound effect on the range of clinical care provided. A too-narrow definition may have a considerable impact on pediatric care in particular: much of current child health care requires consideration of a broader body of evidence than is usually relied upon when developing clinical guidelines. This is especially true for care that addresses behavioral and developmental problems. The current standard for evaluating evidence uses study design as a proxy for the quality of evidence; it may therefore inadvertently exclude many important findings and fail to support further relevant research. The project described here yielded a new, broader framework for evaluating clinical practice, one that should be of value to both clinicians and policymakers.”

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Cyberbullying 2010: What the Research Tells Us – Pew internet – 6 May 2010

Posted on May 18, 2010. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics | Tags: , |

Cyberbullying 2010: What the Research Tells Us by Amanda Lenhart
May 6, 2010

at Youth Online Safety Working Group – Pew Internet

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Health and wellbeing of young Australians: indicator framework and key national indicators – AIHW – 30 March 2010

Posted on April 9, 2010. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Health Status | Tags: , |

Health and wellbeing of young Australians: indicator framework and key national indicators – AIHW – 30 March 2010

“AIHW bulletin no. 77
This bulletin previews the reporting framework and key national indicators that will be the basis of the report Young Australians: their health and wellbeing 2011, scheduled for release in 2011. The bulletin presents 71 key national indicators, along with brief justifications explaining the relevance and importance of the indicators to young people’s health and wellbeing. The indicators cover a broad range of areas of young people’s health and wellbeing, including: morbidity, disability, mortality, health risk and protective factors, community, socioeconomic and environmental factors and measures of system performance.”

Authored by AIHW.

Published 30 March 2010; ISSN 1446-9820; ISBN-13 978-1-74249-003-8; AIHW cat. no. AUS 123; 32pp.

Health and wellbeing of young Australians: technical paper on operational definitions and data issues for key national indicators
“AIHW Working paper no. 63
This technical paper specifies the operational definitions and primary data sources for the key national indicators of young people’s health and wellbeing. It identifies the best currently available data sources for the key national indicators as identified by the AIHW, in conjunction with the National Youth Information Advisory Group. It comments on data gaps and limitations, particularly inconsistencies between indicator (ideal) definitions and existing data definitions.”

Authored by AIHW.

Published 30 March 2010; AIHW cat. no. WP 63

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National Indigenous Health Equality Council – 2 new reports – 10 March 2010

Posted on March 11, 2010. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Child Health / Paediatrics | Tags: |

Joint Press Release  – Department of Health and Ageing and the National Indigenous Health Equality Council
10 March 2010

“Research that helps map the progress of improving Indigenous child mortality and health and sets targets was launched today by an expert Indigenous health advisory body.

The National Indigenous Health Equality Council (NIHEC) has completed two reports: the Child Mortality Targets: Recommendations and Analysis  and  National Target Setting Instrument.”

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The Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project: Supporting Mental Health Treatment in Primary Care – 3 March 2010

Posted on March 8, 2010. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

The Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project: Supporting Mental Health Treatment in Primary Care

March 3, 2010
Author(s): Wendy Holt
Contact: Wendy Holt, DMA Health Strategies, wendyh@dmahealth.com
Editor(s): Paul Frame

“Overview
Massachusetts has successfully demonstrated the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (MCPAP), a program that provides timely telephonic psychiatric and clinical guidance to primary care providers (PCPs) treating children with mental health problems. The program allows enrolled PCPs to get assistance for any child in their care. On the basis of an initial phone consultation, MCPAP may provide an in-person psychiatric or clinical assessment, transitional therapy, and/or facilitated linkage to community resources. Six regional teams based in academic medical centers reach out to and support enrolled PCPs in their catchment area. The program has enrolled most primary care practices, representing an estimated 95 percent of all youth in the state, and has high rates of PCP participation. PCPs report higher ratings of their ability to serve children with mental health problems as a result of the program.”

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Giving children a healthy start : A review of health improvements in children from birth to five years – UK – 3 February 2010

Posted on February 4, 2010. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics | Tags: |

Giving children a healthy start : A review of health improvements in children from birth to five years
Released  03 February 2010 
 
“This report assesses the local implementation of national policy from 1999 to 2009 on the health of children from birth to five years of age in England. It examines local service planning and delivery, including priority setting, and how local bodies can improve service delivery and access for vulnerable groups such as black and minority ethnic (BME) communities, lone and teenage parents. The report discusses the impact of government funding on health outcomes for the under-fives; how effectively local bodies manage their resources; and the extent to which they are providing good value for money. It provides recommendations for national and local bodies, as well as examples of notable practice.”

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Evaluation of Youth One Stop Shops – NZ – December 2009

Posted on December 30, 2009. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics | Tags: |

Evaluation of Youth One Stop Shops
Date of publication (online): December 2009

“Summary of publication

The objective of the Evaluation of Youth One Stop Shops was to assist the Ministry and District Health Boards (DHBs) to understand the current place of youth one stop shops (YOSS) in the continuum of health service provision, and provide an overview of how they provide health services for New Zealand youth.

Generally, most young people are healthy. However, between 12 and 24 years of age young people are most likely to be involved in risk-taking behaviours. New Zealand youth have higher rates of mental illness, suicide, teen pregnancy, abortion and suffer more injuries than their counterparts in other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries.

Young people access health services in a range of settings, including school-based clinics, general practices, community-based health centres and through mobile and out-reach clinics. Young people are known to ‘snack’ or ‘graze’ on services according to their present situation and needs.

The transition between child and adult health services is sometimes difficult for youth. Youth traditionally seek less mainstream care.

The evaluation found that the fourteen YOSS provide a range of accessible, youth-friendly health and social services at little or no cost to young people. Youth specific services have evolved in response to local demand and have been supported by a range of funders and health providers.

The most common health services provided include primary health care, sexual and reproductive health, family planning and mental health services. The majority of clients are aged between 15 and 24 years. Service utilisation is greater amongst females. A high percentage of Māori access services.

The key reasons why young people use YOSS relate to cost, service flexibility, confidentiality, convenience and youth perceptions that staff are non-judgmental and youth-friendly.

The evaluation identified a number of gaps and overlaps in service provision. While YOSS do not provide any services that are not available elsewhere, the integrated and youth-specific model of care attracts youth, particularly those who have higher need.

The challenge for the health sector is to configure services that address youth concerns about privacy and confidentiality, to provide youth specific healthcare and to promote healthy choices.”

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National Child Measurement Programme: England, 2008/09 school year – 10 December 2009

Posted on December 22, 2009. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics |

National Child Measurement Programme: England, 2008/09 school year
Publication date:  December 10, 2009

“Summary

This report summarises the key findings from the Government’s National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) for England, 2008/09 school year. The report provides high-level analysis of the prevalence of ‘underweight’, ‘healthy weight’, ‘overweight’ and ‘obese’ children, in Reception (aged 4–5 years) and Year 6 (aged 10–11 years), measured in state schools in England in the school year 2008/09. The report contains comparisons with 2007/08 and where appropriate comparisons have also been made with 2006/07 results.”

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Spotting the Sick Child – UK website funded by the Department of Health

Posted on December 22, 2009. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Diagnostics |

Spotting the Sick Child is funded by the UK Department of Health and is aimed at all front line professionals in the field of child health and teaches the basic facts and relevant examination of the seven commonest presenting complaints in acutely ill children.
[*Subsidised by the UK Department Of Health for UK Medical Professionals until March 2010]

“Helping health care professionals spot children with serious illness.
This is a new interactive tool commissioned by the [UK] department of health to support health professionals in the assessment of the acutely sick child.”

“Why use this website? It is recognised that the assessment of an acutely sick child is challenging and requires health care professionals to have the appropriate skills and competencies. The original DVD of Spotting the Sick Child was developed to support health care professionals spot children with serious illness. Since its release in 2004 the DVD has been a great success and is still a popular seller in the medical education market.

Spotting the Sick Child 2 was commissioned by the Department of Health and has been developed as a collaboration between academics, clinicians, instructional designers and web developers (see contributors) to provide an online interactive and evidence based tool using real life clinical scenario’s and footage. The concept behind the 2nd edition is to expand upon the depth of material and better align the resource with recent changes in both medical training and technology to include:” … continues on the About page for the site

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Manual for cancer services 2008: children’s cancer measures, UK – 23 October 2009

Posted on December 7, 2009. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Oncology |

Manual for cancer services 2008: children’s cancer measures, UK – 23 October 2009

“Following a three month consultation period, this document contains the final version of the children’s measures for inclusion in the manual for cancer services 2008.”

“This revised Manual of Cancer Services is an integral part of the NHS Cancer Plan, Cancer Reform Strategy and modernisation of cancer services. It will support quality assurance of cancer services and enable quality improvement.”

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The team around the child and the lead professional: a guide for managers – UK – August 2009

Posted on August 24, 2009. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Workforce |

The team around the child and the lead professional: a guide for managers

This non-statutory guidance from the Children’s Workforce Development Council replaces the original guidance entitled ‘The lead professional: managers’ guide’ which was published in 2006. The new guidance has been updated and re-titled in order to reflect policy developments and include revisions identified in consultation with practitioners and managers across the children and young people’s workforce. The document also seeks to link together the processes and tools, to show how collaboratively they provide a package of support to help practitioners and managers implement integrated working in their practice.

Every Child Matters – publications

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Improving access to child and adolescent mental health services – UK – 4 August 2009

Posted on August 5, 2009. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Improving access to child and adolescent mental health services

Author:   UK  Department of Health, Department for Children, Schools and Families
Published date:    4 August 2009

“This joint DH/DCSF guide states how the 18 weeks referral to treatment standard, (NHS Operating Framework for 2009/10) applies to non-emergency consultant-led CAMHS services and pathways. This guide does not set any new standards or targets. It shows how accessible low-wait CAMHS can be achieved and provides good practice examples.”

Download Improving access to child and adolescent mental health services (PDF, 1057K)

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UK Department of Health, 2 CAMHS documents – 29 July 2009

Posted on July 30, 2009. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

The National CAMHS Support Service (NCSS) – 2009/10 business plan

Document type:      Dear colleague letter
Author:      Heather Gwynn, Director of CNO Directorate, Department of Health; Anne Jackson, Director for Child Wellbeing Group, Department for Children, Schools and Families
Published date:      29 July 2009

“The NCSS is a service improvement workstream, commissioned by DH and DCSF, to deliver a programme of specific activities relating to CAMHS. The NCSS’s business plan for 2009/10 (at Annex A) is included so that regional colleagues etc can see the activities the NCSS are expected to undertake within the regions as part of the agreed integrated approach to supporting Public Service Agreement (PSA) 12 (to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people).”
Download letter and business plan (PDF, 163K)

The evidence base to guide development of Tier 4 CAMHS

Document type:      Reference
Author:      Dr Zarrina Kurtz for the National CAMHS Support Service Tier 4 advisory group, Department of Health
Published date:      29 July 2009
Pages:      25

“Until recently the idea of Tier 4 specialist CAMHS was synonymous with psychiatric inpatient provision, sometimes with day hospitals attached. Tier 4 has more recently come to be understood as multi-faceted with multi-agency services that can include inreach, outreach, intensive and crisis community initiatives, day provision, therapeutic fostering and other services that may be described as ‘wrap around’. What we have seen over the past few years are innovative approaches in assessment and treatment of this most complex group of young people and the development of new intensive community focussed services.

The purpose of this paper is to present the latest information on these new developments and share with commissioners and providers the evidence base for development of effective services in this area.”

Download The evidence base to guide development of Tier 4 CAMHS (PDF, 639K)

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Working Together To Provide Age-Appropriate Environments And Services For Mental Health Patients Aged Under 18 – National Mental Health Development Unit [UK] – June 2009

Posted on July 1, 2009. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Working Together To Provide Age-Appropriate Environments And Services For Mental Health Patients Aged Under 18 – National Mental Health Development Unit [UK] – June 2009

“A briefing for commissioners of Adult Mental health Services and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

This briefing has been written to support commissioners of both Adult Mental health Services and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services to prepare to meet the requirements of a new duty within the Mental Health Act 2007, amending the 1983 Act, to admit and treat patients aged under 18 into an environment in hospital which is suitable having regard to their age (subject to their needs). The Government has committed to commencing this duty in April 2010, with the purpose of preventing the inappropriate admission of children and young people to adult psychiatric wards. By working together, commissioners of both Adult Mental Health Services and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services can develop more effective services to maintain young people in the community when it is safe to do so, and appropriate inpatient resources to meet their needs in a crisis or for medium to long term treatment. As well as making the case for joint working to support under 18s, the briefing contains examples of current practice, signposts commissioners to products which have been designed to help them and questions they need to consider. The briefing includes an FAQ section, and an action checklist which can be used to create local action plans.”

Full text  of the briefing

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Review of patient safety for children and young people – NHS National Patient Safety Agency – June 2009

Posted on June 23, 2009. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Patient Safety |

Review of patient safety for children and young people – NHS National Patient Safety Agency – June 2009

This review highlights some of the patient safety issues for children, young people and their families, outlines current National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) partnership work streams, and identifies key actions for stakeholders.

ISBN: 978-1-906624-07-1

NPSA – publications

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A picture of Australia’s children 2009 – Authored by AIHW – 17 June 2009

Posted on June 17, 2009. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Health Status | Tags: , |

A picture of Australia’s children 2009 – Authored by AIHW.  Published 17 June 2009; ISBN-13 978 1 74024 929 4; AIHW cat. no. PHE 112; 224pp.

“This report delivers the latest information on how, as a nation, we are faring according to key indicators of child health, development and wellbeing. Death rates among children have fallen dramatically, and most children are physically active and meet minimum standards for reading and numeracy. But it is not all good news. Rates of severe disability and diabetes are on the rise. Too many children are overweight or obese, or are at risk of homelessness, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children fare worse on most key indicators.”

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UK – Promoting the Health and Wellbeing of Looked After Children – revised statutory guidance – consultation 11 May 2009

Posted on May 12, 2009. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics |

Promoting the Health and Wellbeing of Looked After Children – revised statutory guidance – consultation
Author:  UK Department of Health
Published date:    11 May 2009

Launch Date: Monday 11 May 2009
Closing Date: Monday 3 August 2009

This guidance is a revised version of the existing guidance, ‘Promoting the Health of Looked After Children’, which was published by the Department of Health in 2002. The revised guidance will be statutory on PCTs and on Strategic Health Authorities as well as local authorities.

Consultation documents

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UK-WHO Growth Charts: Early Years – for children from birth to 4 years of age May 2009

Posted on May 7, 2009. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Obstetrics | Tags: , |

UK-WHO Growth Charts: Early Years

“The new UK-WHO growth charts for children from birth to 4 years of age are now available. The charts have been developed as a project undertaken within the Science and Research Department led by Professor Charlotte Wright from University of Glasgow and funded by the Department of Health.

The charts are available in an A4 format and as 6 separate charts for insertion in the Personal Child Heatlh Record (PCHR).  There is also a new specialist low birthweight A4 chart for births from 23 weeks gestation .

The charts have been endorsed by the following organisations:

Best Beginnings
Breastfeeding Manifesto Coalition
British Dietetic Association
Child Growth Foundation
Royal College of Midwives
Royal College of Nursing

Why do we need new growth charts?

The new charts are based on the World Health Organization (WHO) Child Growth Standards which describe the optimal growth of healthy breast fed children. Previous UK growth charts were based on data from studies on breast- and formula-fed children so do not reflect normal weight fluctuations of breast-fed infants in the first few weeks.

The new charts combine UK90 and WHO data.  There are clear instructions on how to measure, plot and interpret the chart. New features include an adult height predictor, a body mass index (BMI) conversion chart, and guidance on gestational age correction. Read about a summary of the differences and new features in the new charts.”  … continues on the site

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Council of Australian Governments’ Meeting – COAG Communique 30 April 2009

Posted on May 1, 2009. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: , , |

Council of Australian Governments’ Meeting COAG Communique 30 April 2009

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) held its 26th meeting in Hobart today. The Prime Minister, Premiers, Chief Ministers and the President of the Australian Local Government Association were joined for the meeting by Commonwealth, State and the Australian Capital Territory Treasurers and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Secretary for Government Service Delivery.
….
In light of the recent Victorian bushfires and Queensland floods, COAG resolved to re-examine Australia’s arrangements for managing national disasters and has agreed to take immediate steps to enhance these arrangements through, inter alia, the development of a telephone-based emergency warning system.  ….

One of the attachments:
Child Protection Framework – PDF 363KB

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Obesity prevention in young children: what does the evidence say? Parliament of Australia – Parliamentary Library Background Note 1 May 2009

Posted on May 1, 2009. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Preventive Healthcare | Tags: , , |

Obesity prevention in young children: what does the evidence say? Parliament of Australia – Parliamentary Library Background Note 1 May 2009   13 p.
Dr Anne-marie Boxall, Social Policy Section

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A Children’s Environment and Health Strategy for the United Kingdom 24 March 2009

Posted on April 29, 2009. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Environmental Health | Tags: |

A Children’s Environment and Health Strategy for the United Kingdom

The Children’s Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe (CEHAPE) is an initiative led by the World Health Organization Regional Office (WHO) for Europe. It was launched in June 2004 and signed by all 53 member states of the WHO European Region, including the UK. The aim of the CEHAPE is to protect the health of children and young people from environmental hazards.

The Health Protection Agency has been commissioned by the Department of Health, on behalf of the Interdepartmental Steering Group on Environment and Health, to evaluate children’s environmental health in the United Kingdom (UK) and develop recommendations as to how the UK can best meet its commitments under CEHAPE and further protect children’s health.

A Children’s Environment and Health Strategy for the UK was published on 24 March 2009. The Strategy provides a brief overview of children’s health in relation to their environment in the UK and recommends areas that should be taken forward in order to protect and promote children’s health and to meet the UK’s commitment to CEHAPE.

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Indigenous Children’s Health Report: Health Assessment in Action 2009

Posted on April 29, 2009. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Child Health / Paediatrics, Health Status |

Indigenous Children’s Health Report: Health Assessment in Action (10.7 MB PDF file)
(Eds.) Janet Smylie, MD MPH; Paul Adomako, MSc
Keenan Research Centre – Research Programs, Centre for Research on Inner City Health
Contributing Authors:
Sue Crengle PhD(c) (New Zealand)
Jane Freemantle PhD (Australia)
Gilbert Gallaher PhD (Canada)
Daniel McAullay PhD(c) (Australia)
Kelly McShane PhD (Canada)
Maile Taualii PhD (c) (United States)

“The focus of the Indigenous Children’s Health Report is First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children’s health status and assessment in Canada (ages birth to twelve years).  There are also chapters on Indigenous children’s health status and assessment for Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.  Our hope is that this report will be used as both a reference and advocacy tool by key Indigenous children’s health stakeholders in Canada and abroad.

The report includes not only information describing what we know about the health of Indigenous children and how we know this, but also best practices on how health assessment information can be applied to improve the health of Indigenous children. Critical to the resolution of Indigenous child health disparities is not only the generation of health information, but also the application of this information to health policies, programs, and services.”

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Child abuse and protection in Australia – Parliamentary Library Background Note 18 March 2009

Posted on April 17, 2009. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics | Tags: , |

Child abuse and protection in Australia

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Improving services for children in hospital: report of the follow-up to the 2005/06 review – UK

Posted on April 17, 2009. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Health Systems Improvement | Tags: |

Improving services for children in hospital: report of the follow-up to the 2005/06 review – UK  March 2009

This report summarises the main areas that needed to improve in the original review of 2005/6, and explains how the Healthcare Commission developed the indicators to measure the performance of trusts to assess whether they had made improvements. It also includes recommendations for those trusts that provide services for children in acute hospitals, the organisations monitoring their action plans and their commissioning PCTs

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AHRQ Issues Recommendations for Safeguarding Children During Public Health Emergencies

Posted on April 17, 2009. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Disaster Management | Tags: |

AHRQ (US Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality) released two new tools designed to protect and care for children who are in a hospital or a school during a public health emergency.

The first tool, Pediatric Hospital Surge Capacity in Public Health Emergencies, consists of guidelines to assist pediatric hospitals in converting from standard operating capacity to surge capacity and help community hospital emergency departments provide care for large numbers of critically ill children.

The second tool, School-Based Emergency Preparedness: A National Analysis and Recommended Protocol, is a national model for school-based emergency response planning.

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Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities – 13 February 2009

Posted on April 17, 2009. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People updates a 1994 Institute of Medicine book, Reducing Risks for Mental Disorders, focusing special attention on the research base and program experience with younger populations that have emerged since that time.

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The legal aspects of the care and treatment of children and young people with mental disorder: A guide for health professionals – UK Report February 2009

Posted on April 16, 2009. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

UK – The legal aspects of the care and treatment of children and young people with mental disorder: A guide for health professionals

This report provides guidance about how to provide mental healthcare for children and young adults within the legal and policy framework.   National Institute for Mental Health in England

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Livewire online community keeps young patients in touch

Posted on April 16, 2009. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics |

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, last week launched the Livewire online community. “The Livewire online community is a fantastic example of broadband and digital technology, assisting young people whose lives have been disrupted by chronic illness or disability,” Senator Conroy said. “Livewire helps young people to stay in touch with those they love, and to connect and gain support from others who share a similar situation.”

Livewire has been co-funded by the Starlight Children’s Foundation and the Australian Government, which invested $7.2 million through the Clever Networks program.

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Healthy lives, brighter futures – the strategy for children and young people’s health UK DoH Published 12 Feb 2009

Posted on April 9, 2009. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics | Tags: |

This strategy presents the government’s vision for children and young people’s health and wellbeing. It sets out how they will build on progress through world-class outcomes, high quality services, experience in using those services and minimising health inequalities.

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ContactPoint – Every Child Matters – Change for Children [UK]

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Health Informatics |

ContactPoint will be the quick way for a practitioner to find out who else is working with the same child or young person, making it easier to deliver more coordinated support.

ContactPoint is an online directory, available to authorised staff who need it to do their jobs, enabling the delivery of coordinated support for children and young people. It is also a vital tool to help safeguard children, helping to ensure that the right agencies are involved at the right time and children do not slip through the net. It is a key element of the Every Child Matters programme to transform children’s services by supporting more effective prevention and early intervention. The programme’s goal is to improve the health, well-being and safety of all children.

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