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Adverse Childhood Experiences: Policy context

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  • Tuesday, September 29, 2020
The basis for much of the work in the UK and internationally on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) is drawn from a 1997 US study by CDC Kaiser on childhood traumas. This study identified a list of 10 ACEs that then formed the basis for a questionnaire used by researchers as a screening tool to assess the impact of childhood trauma on adults.

Technology in Children's Services: Policy context

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  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020
At its best, technology speeds up laborious inputting of information, enabling children’s services practitioners to spend more time with their clients, helps commissioners to identify trends so they can prioritise resources, and enable leaders to make informed choices on how services are structured.

Special Report: Children's Mental Health

The Future in Mind national strategy and £1.4bn in funding is seeing a reorganisation of children's mental health services that is aiming to transform the outcomes of children and young people.

Research Report: Energy and Nutrient Intakes of Young Children in the UK

Diet in the early years may have a lifetime impact on health, but there are few recent large-scale studies of the eating habits of UK toddlers. A team of researchers, led by Hayley Syrad of University College London's department of epidemiology and public health, set out to undertake a detailed analysis of the dietary intake of very young children when weaning was complete or close to completion.

Research Report: National Survey of Injury Prevention Activities of Children's Centres

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  • Tuesday, April 26, 2016
There is a lot of research into the role children's centres play in improving outcomes for disadvantaged families. However, researchers from the University of Nottingham were keen to investigate centres' role in preventing injuries to under-fives, an area not previously analysed. Previous research has found injuries disproportionately affect children from low-income families.

Leadership: Staff motivation and retention

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  • Tuesday, April 26, 2016
All children's services teams face the challenge of keeping staff turnover low against a landscape of tight budgets, so it is essential employers master the skills to retain, motivate and reward employees.

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