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Caring for children with complex needs

WellChild nurses work in innovative ways to support children with complex needs and their families. Gabriella Józwiak finds out about their varied roles and the difference they make to children's lives

Legal Update: NHS cost recovery proposals

Patients may soon need to present identification to access NHS treatment. Gargie Ahmad, intern at Coram Children's Legal Centre, considers the impact on undocumented migrant children and families.

The policy context on Children's Mental Health

One in 10 five- to 16-year-olds have a diagnosable mental health problem; half of all mental health problems have become established by the age of 14; and children from low-income families are three times more likely to be diagnosed with a mental health condition than better-off peers.

The policy context on Attachment and Neglect

In recent years there has been a growing recognition of the scale of child neglect, its long-term effect on children's wellbeing and how interventions can prevent and repair the damage caused to children's ability to form strong attachments with parents and carers.

Future in mind: the story so far

The Future in Mind strategy promises wide-ranging improvements to mental health provision for children and young people. Joe Lepper looks at the key proposals and assesses progress made to date.

Front of Mind

Increased political profile and a new care framework offer a chance to improve children's mental health services. Louise Hunt examines the prospects and looks at the innovative work of local projects.

Early intervention leaders' debate

Children's services leaders from councils across England discussed the current challenges of resourcing effective early help services at a debate hosted by CYP Now in partnership with Capita One.

Youth Work Sessions: Smoking cessation

Before starting to facilitate any of these activities on smoking cessation, it is important to consider that some young people may already be regular or occasional smokers. This does not mean that they will all be ready to give up. But after raising awareness through these activities, they may consider it, or be ready to try, so please have details of local smoking cessation support available.

Youth Work Sessions: Explore sexual health with young people

Talking about sex, relationships and sexual health can be a challenging experience for both facilitators and young people. These activities aim to help young people not only learn about sexual health in an interesting and fun way but also to develop the skills and confidence to make healthy choices in real life.

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