Bringing school nurses into the safeguarding fold
School nurses have a traditional and long-standing role in protecting children’s health. But in matters of safeguarding their vital contribution is often overlooked, sometimes with tragic consequences. Alison Hackett looks at the implications and what can be done.
Often missed and frequently misunderstood, dyslexia has been the ruin of many children’s school ambitions. So can mental imaging make a difference? Olive Hickmott thinks so.
Striking a balance
Mental health services for children have never been a priority, particularly in schools. Now, despite a growth in interest in wellbeing, they are languishing further behind as the cuts bite in. Paula Lavis, from the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, looks at the problems, the evidence and best practice.
A partnership for life
We bandy around the word ‘partnership’ so much in early years that it has lost its meaning. Vanessa Linehan argues that professionals need to re-examine their relationships with parents if they are going to give children the best start in life.
Children with behavioural problems make a huge demand on school resources if they are not tackled effectively. Lorraine Khan looks at how parenting programmes can help tackle these problems at their root.
Is it good to talk?
Mobile technology and social media has revolutionised communications. But they also pose complex questions for staff with responsibility for looked-after children who want to contact their birth families. Jenny Simpson outlines the opportunities and threats.
Prisons without walls
When children’s parents go to prison,the impact on the child can be devastating. How do other European countries manage this challenge? Ben Raikes reports on the COPING research project which investigated responses from four European countries.
Gender and the aspiration gap
We all know that girls are doing better than boys at school. But now research has uncovered new insights into the factors that shape the aspirations that boys have for learning. Tina Rampino explains her findings.
Professionals have their work cut out dealing with abuse, child protection, safeguarding. As a new law is proposed to protect children from emotional abuse, Tim Linehan examines child protection legislation and guidance.