How dentists can help tackle abuse in the home
Often health care practitioners can play their part in identifying abused children, but many struggle to do so. Briony Ladbury and Kathryn Waddington report why dentists feel unable to intervene in suspected abuse cases, and how their co-operation can be encouraged.
How unhappy are our children?
The mainstream media have seized gleefully on ‘evidence’ that Britain’s children are unhappy but, as Keith Savage explains, the real situation is not nearly as simple as that.
Tackling the roots of criminal behaviour
Emotional and behavioural disorders in children have been linked to criminal activity later in life. Michael Parsonage puts forward the case for early intervention.
Home education: practising without prejudice?
Home educators are subject to intense scrutiny by local authorities who may come to unfounded conclusions, says Dr Paula Rothermel. She suggests how the needs and situations of children outside the school system can be better assessed.
Biting the bullet on child health
In early years, in schools, in youth services, in services for children in care, the complaint has been “why won’t child health services play the game?” In the first of a regular column Paul Ennals argues for change.
The medicalisation of childhood
The practice of medicating children with large doses of dangerous drugs in response to questionable diagnoses is a scandal, argues educational psychologist Dave Traxson.
The problems with precocious puberty
While adolescence is not an easy time for most young people, going through puberty at an early age can increase feelings of insecurity and anxiety. Dr Polly Carmichael and Dr Clare Coakes report on the impact this has on children’s psychological well-being.
Shock: violent deaths of children are going down
The media may criticise social services about the most tragic cases of child abuse, but Professor Colin Pritchard and Professor Richard Williams say that this doesn’t necessarily show that children in the system are being let down.
Closing the attainment gap
Helen Barnard discusses the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Report into the influence of attitudes and behaviour on educational success.