child development

Early language development

Carmela Miniscalco is a speech and language pathologist at the University of Gothenburg, and a practitioner in the regional unit for child health care for 20 years. Her recent publications include a detailed follow-up of young children with delayed language development.

Early education

Peter Lee is Director of the Childhood and Families Research and Development Centre at the University of Strathclyde. His research interests include professional practice development and equity and social justice. He is Co-chair of the Scottish Educational Research Association on Early Years.

Early brain development

This podcast looks at early brain development. The speaker, Phil Wilson, is a general practitioner and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow. He has trained in paediatrics and neuroscience and holds a Chief Scientist Office award in infant mental health.

Keeping children safe : preventing abuse among young children and young people

Leaflet intended to help all those involved in bringing up children protect them from harm by highlighting the problem of children sexually abusing other children, explaining the warning signs to look out for and steps which can be taken to prevent such abuse.

Poor supervision continues to hinder child protection practice

Lord Laming's report into the death of Victoria Climbie highlighted the importance of good quality staff supervision. Highlights the lack of improvement in staff supervision over the last 6 years and discusses the need for more consistent standards.

Catch them young (Radio 4 series: Analysis)

Policy makers are becoming increasingly concerned with the long term consequences of childhood experiences. This concern is fuelled by the belief that the early years of life are crucial in shaping later life. Catch them young and save society trouble later on, runs the argument. Kenan Malik asks whether policies towards young children are based on reliable scientific evidence or on political claims.

Mind changers : Programme 2 : Jean Piaget (Radio 4 series: Landmark experiments in psychology)

The second programme in the series looks at the work of child psychologist Jean Piaget who believed children learned through play. Subsequent experiments allowing children to imagine different social, rather than spatial, situations have had very different results. Claudia Hammond asks how far we should rely on Piaget's findings today.

Children's hearings : the 1999 Kilbrandon child care lecture

This resource is the fourth in a series of lectures designed to honour the memory and achievement of Lord Kilbrandon who wrote one of the most influential policy statements on how a society should deal with 'children in trouble'.

This lecture discusses the influence of a child's formative years on their subsequent adult behaviour and the role of the parent.

Parenting and resilience

This review considers parents' actual and potential contributions to children's resilience and to parental resilience. The review draws on important UK-based publications on resilience and includes more selective references to the comparatively huge American literature, as well as significant material from elsewhere.

The child, the family and the GP: tensions and conflicts of interest in safeguarding children

The role of GPs in safeguarding children has long been seen as vital to inter-agency collaboration in child protection processes and to promoting early intervention in families. It has often been characterized as problematic to engage GPs and recognized that potential conflicts of interest may constrain their engagement.