Children and adolescents’ mental well-being is deeply rooted in the environments they live in, particularly the schools they attend.
There are opportunities for intervention in the education system to address gaps in psycho-social provision and support.
Their social media feeds contain images of tanks, bombs and war-style propaganda. Here’s how to help them navigate social media ‘news’ content about war, while minimising any distress.
Obesity intervention programs tend to focus on healthy food and physical activity. But is that enough?
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A study of over 1,000 children in rural Oklahoma found that social and emotional health may be just as important as diet and exercise in reducing child obesity.
If you and the kids are stumped for things to do these holidays, and looking for ways to reconnect after a really trying school term, here are some ideas to try.
If we look after children’s well-being, not only will their learning benefit but also the skills they gain to help them manage life’s challenges will endure beyond the pandemic.
Fantasy play, painting, playing made-up games and building with blocks are a few examples of free play.
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Children use play to express themselves and process their emotions. Here’s how parents can make the most of play time together.
New research shows how reading books can help young people escape from their sources of stress, find role models in characters and develop empathy.
Children need a chance to rest and recharge this year more than ever.
Summer programmes should focus on physical activity, socialising, and being creative – not school work.
A new report offers data on mental health in young people.
Child health care remains uneven in South Africa and varies between provinces and districts.
Children’s right to health is paramount: here’s what needs to be done to build a child-centred health care system.
California is implementing universal screenings for childhood trauma.
Universal screenings for childhood trauma, like the ones being implemented for California students, may cause more harm than good, a scholar argues.
The effects of childhood trauma can be long-lasting.
California’s surgeon general has implemented schoolwide screenings for trauma. A social work professor explains why the rest of the nation should do the same.
Parents’ substance use affects children’s physical, psychological, cognitive, social and economic well-being, a new review of the research has found.
UK research indicates outcomes for children with mental health problems may have become worse in more recent generations.
Poverty means many kids have to go to school without the right uniform - which can lead to being ostracised.
Education through to the end of high school is a birthright in Australia but many kids are missing out on important parts of that birthright in ways that leave them feeling like losers and outsiders.
South Africa has one of the lowest rates of both parents living with their children in the world.
The diversity of families is one of the important underlying themes of the South African Child Gauge 2018.
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This is what children want from their local areas to live happier and healthier lives.
The community environment clearly has a large influence on child development, but exactly which factors are most important?
Research has started to identify the key factors in creating communities that promote good early childhood development.
Mental well-being should be embedded into education.
Focusing on two determinants of mental health can help pupils prevent issues arising.
Children whose father experiences mental illness are more likely to experience emotional or behavioural problems.
New research has found one in five dads has experienced symptoms of depression and/or anxiety after having children.