Monthly Archives: November 2014

Healthy cities: promoting health and equality: evidence for local policy and practice

By WHO Europe (2014)

This publication summarizes the evaluation of Phase V (2009–2013) of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network. The evaluation findings are rooted in the enduring values such as equity, governance, partnership, participation and sustainability. Also considering the core Phase V themes, this publication focuses on policy and governance, healthy urban environments and design, caring and supportive environments, health and active living, national networks’ performance and effects on health and equity. The evaluation finds good progress among cities and networks that differs in scale and quality. The healthy cities movement adds value and allows local governments to invest in health and well-being and address inequities through novel approaches to developing health.

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Public health responses to an ageing society: opportunities and challenges

By International Longevity Centre (2014)

This report explores the extent to which England’s public health structures are able to respond to the ageing population after the reforms introduced by the Health and Social Care Act 2012. It argues that some localities are embracing the opportunities provided by their new public health responsibilities, by taking a life-course approach to health and by commissioning services that both encourage healthy ageing and improve the health of the current old. However, it argues that some local authorities still need support to deliver effective policies in an area as complex and fast-changing as public health. 

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Healthy patterns for healthy families: removing the hurdles to a healthy family

By The All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood (2014)

This is the first report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood which aims to develop practical policies to reduce the scale of childhood obesity by engaging with a wide variety of interests and experts in the sector.

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At what cost? exposing the impact of poverty on school life

By The Children’s Commission on Poverty (2014)

This report explains what school life is like for children living in poverty and sets out urgent changes that the Children’s Commission on Poverty recommends so that no child is isolated, stigmatised or excluded from opportunities at school.

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On the edge: ChildLine spotlight: suicide

By ChildLine (20140

This report looks at what young people have told ChildLine, and examines what they need when they are already distressed and contemplating taking their own lives. It outlines the key issues young people raised and how the stigma of suicide means that the adults in their lives are failing to spot the signs, finding it hard to listen to their distress, and are sometimes providing inadequate levels of support.

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How to commission better mental health and well-being services for young people

By Mental Health Foundation (2014)

This guide is aimed at those with a responsibility for commissioning mental health and wellbeing services for young people, and draws on young people’s own experiences. It is based on Right Here, a pioneering five- year programme run by the Mental Health Foundation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation at four sites across the UK.

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