Publications/guidance

CentreForum Commission on Children and Young People's Mental Health: State of the nation. This first report from the Commission reveals the problems that young people face when trying to access mental health care. Services turn away, on average, nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of children and teenagers referred to them by their GPs, teachers or others. The analysis of services’ eligibility criteria shows that this is often because there are high thresholds for access to their services, preventing often the most effective treatment of mental health conditions - early intervention.

Tackling poor oral health in children: local government's public health role. Commissioning responsibilities of the Healthy Child Programme for 0-5 year olds were transferred to local government in October 2015. This included the commissioning of Health Visitors who lead and support delivery of preventive programmes for infants and children including providing advice on oral health and on breastfeeding and reducing the risk of tooth decay. This updated LGA publication looks at local authorities' role and includes a number of case studies.

Helping healthcare staff spot the signs of child sexual exploitation. A new video aimed at helping health and social care professionals to spot possible signs of child sexual exploitation

Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation (FGM). These multi-agency guidelines on FGM are aimed at those with statutory duties to safeguard children and vulnerable adults. It supersedes the previous guidance issued in 2014, 'Female genital mutilation: guidelines to protect women and children'.