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International Focus: Perinatal care, Australia

The cost to the UK of perinatal mental health difficulties is estimated to be £8bn annually. Jill Domoney visited Australia, a world-leader in this field, to see how agencies there support new parents and infants.

Therapeutic Communities: Special Report

There has been a recent rise in interest from policymakers and commissioners in the important role therapeutic communities play in supporting some of the most traumatised children and young people.

Game over: the risks of children gambling

Harmful gambling among children and young people is an increasing concern. Charlotte Goddard explores the problem and what support is available to families and children’s services professionals.

Commissioning of therapies

Some children need therapeutic support that does not fit into existing contracts with providers, making it more expensive to commission. By jointly commissioning with health, councils can deliver effective services and control costs, explains Toni Badnall.

Children’s Mental Health Special Report

Children’s mental health has long been characterised by long waiting lists and inconsistent provision, but it is hoped more funding, system reorganisation and policy measures will improve access to support.

Trauma-informed Practice: Special Report

Adverse childhood experiences can have far-reaching negative consequences on people’s lives, but there are growing efforts to implement trauma-informed practices in services to improve long-term outcomes.

How Covid-19 remade children’s services

A year on from the emergence of the coronavirus and onset of the pandemic, experts assess the long-term impact of the disruption it has caused to children’s services and young people’s lives.

Adverse Childhood Experiences: Special Report

Research has shown that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can increase the risk of poor life outcomes, so policymakers and practitioners are developing new ways to prevent ACEs and support children at risk of them.

Here come the girls

To mark International Women’s Day this month, Charlotte Goddard reports on the work of Getaway Girls, which has supported the achievement and aspirations of young women for more than 30 years.

Therapeutic Care: Special Report

With rises in children coming into care and reporting mental health problems, policymakers and service providers are developing therapeutic care and support across a range of settings to help young people.

Trauma-Informed Practice: Special Report

Experiencing traumatic events can have a lasting negative impact on children's development and wellbeing, so policymakers and service leaders are developing new trauma-informed interventions.

Mental Health in Schools: Special Report

As children's mental health needs increase, schools, charities and councils are working to develop new ways of supporting pupils' wellbeing through the curriculum and improve therapeutic interventions.