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Kinship care aids childrenMarch 8, 2020
When children cannot live with their parents, the option of living with family — or kinship care — should be explored. Compared to typical foster care, kinship care can lead to improved child well-being, fewer childhood mental disorders and fewer placement changes. For more information, see Vol. 8, No. 3 of the Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly.
Public health nurses key to Nurse-Family PartnershipMarch 2, 2020
Public health nurses receive intensive education before delivering Nurse-Family Partnership — so they can bring strong skills to the program and also tailor it to the individual to build rapport. For example, nurses meet in the settings of the mother’s own choosing — her home or another place that feels safe for her. Choices like this allow the mother to experience greater convenience — and to develop trust and a close relationship with the nurse.
Schools can succeed in reducing bullyingFebruary 24, 2020
Feb. 27/20 marks National Anti-Bullying day in which all people are asked to stand up to this serious health risk that arises out of an imbalance in power. Bullying can be prevented, and adults can help. For example, children experience less victimization at schools where teachers send strong anti-bullying messages. In contrast, children experience more victimization at schools with high conflict and limited supervision. So, schools can take concrete steps to keep children safe. For more information, see Vol. 2, No. 4 of the Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly.
Prevention program may pay for itselfFebruary 17, 2020
American cost analyses have suggested that Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) may pay for itself over the long term— even after nursing costs are factored in — based on calculations showing that NFP families used fewer added services across multiple sectors, including healthcare, child protection, special education, justice and income assistance. While estimates will differ country-to-country, these US figures nevertheless suggest there may be “savings” of two to six dollars for every NFP dollar spent over 10 to 15 years — suggesting the program may pay for itself.
CBT is effective for traumaFebruary 10, 2020
Many forms of childhood adversity are avoidable. Preventing exposure to adversity is therefore always the main goal. But when prevention is not possible, effective treatments are critical. Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy is the most successful intervention when children have been maltreated or have been exposed to community violence. For more information, see Vol. 5, No. 3 of the Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly.