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Knowledge Makes Change Newsletter – June 2017

Early Years and Childhood Partnership news


Safeguarding Partnership Board

Serious Case Reviews are an important function of the Safeguarding Partnership Board and their purpose is to identify learning and good practice. Professionals and organisations providing for children and adults need to reflect on the quality of their services and learn from their own practice and that of others. When things go wrong, there needs to be a clear analysis of what happened and why, so that important lessons can be learned and services improved. The Safeguarding Partnership Board have now published their Annual Report and Executive Summary of the Serious Case Review for Family H.  These can be found here:

Research in Practice Free Learning Resources

Research in Practice provides a range of resources and learning opportunities based on academic research, practice expertise and evidence from service users. It supports practitioners, managers and leaders. Research in Practice covers a broad range of areas such as safeguarding, family justice, resilience in the workforce, communicating with people of all ages and abilities, children in care, all aspects of abuse and sexual exploitation.

There is also Research in Practice for Adults. To access these resources at no cost, simply email Ruth Le Gresley, Practice Improvement Officer from the Safeguarding Partnership Board on to register your email address. Ruth is only able to register organisational addresses, so you will not be able to receive the resources via personal email addresses such as hotmail or gmail.


Jersey mains water and making up infant formula feed


Child Accident Prevention have recently become aware of some confusion regarding the safety of using Jersey mains water when making up a formula feed for babies.  Full guidance can be accessed via the link below.

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Please click here for NHS guidance on how to make up formula feeds safely. For more information about local services for babies and their parents please see the Jersey webpage ‘You and your new baby’.


Research and practice from the UK and international contexts



Mobile Devices in Early Learning

The pilot project ‘Developing the use of portable devices in early years learning’ investigated the long-term implementation of iPads in five Northern Ireland primary and associated feeder nursery and pre-schools. The primary objective of the mixed-methods study was to assess the impact of the use of iPads on children’s learning in the Early Years and Foundation Stage of education. It focused on the impact upon literacy and numeracy, as well as examining the extent to which iPads can support other areas of the curriculum.

For the most part, school leaders and teachers felt that the introduction of digital technology had a positive impact on the development of children’s literacy and numeracy skills. Contrary to initial expectations, school leaders and teachers reported that the use of iPads in the classroom had enhanced children’s communication skills. In many lessons, particularly where pupils were sharing iPads, there was a high level of discussion.  However, findings from the observations suggested that some pupils may lose interest and become frustrated, particularly when using skills-based apps in numeracy and literacy.  Parental training in child protection and safeguarding is also required to ensure the wellbeing of young children who have free access to a tablet device.


Sage Journal of Early Childhood Research virtual special issue on Food, Health and Obesity

A virtual special issue of the Sage Journal of Early Childhood Research is available on free open access until mid-July.  A fee is normally charged to access this material. The articles included are:

  • The role of childcare providers in the prevention of childhood overweight;
  • Preschool children’s perceptions of overweight peers;
  • Parental influences on the diets of two- to five-year-old children: systematic review of qualitative research;
  • Nutritionally empty but full of meanings: the socio-cultural significance of birthday cakes in four early childhood settings.

Please click on the title link to access the articles, available until 13th July 2017.




Safeguarding in the voluntary and community sector

The NSPCC has published updated editions of two safeguarding publications:

NSPCC safeguarding standards and guidance (England): safeguarding children, young people and adults aged 0-25 in the voluntary and community sector

This guide is designed to help non-statutory organisations put in place clear safeguarding arrangements for children, young people and young adults up to the age of 25.

Are they safe? A guide to safeguarding in England for leaders of groups in the voluntary and community sector

This guide has been written for leaders of voluntary and community groups working with children and young people aged 0-18 in England, but may also be useful to groups elsewhere in the UK. The guide has 9 steps, which walk leaders and managers through developing a safeguarding plan and implementing it to protect children from harm.


Health and Wellbeing

Babies in Mind: What influences a child’s developing mind from conception through infancy?

This free online course by Future Learn will explore what the research tells us about the way in which the parent’s emotional and cognitive mind can shape interactions with their baby and the impact of this interaction on the baby’s developing mind. The course will seek to answer questions such as:

  • How does a parent’s mind influence the development of a baby before he or she is born?
  • What processes take place in the post-natal period that influence the baby’s developing mind?
  • What can we do during pregnancy and the post-natal period to support parents who are experiencing difficulties?

The course begins on 24 July 2017. Participants can register now and will be contacted once the course begins. The course materials are free to access for the duration of the course; extended access and additional features are available for an upgrade fee. Further details can be found here.

Children’s Policy Research Unit case studies: Which ethnicities are at highest risk of developing Type 2 diabetes as children?

The Children’s Policy Research Unit has complied a series of case studies to illustrate how it supports child health policy-making in England.  NCB facilitates the participation of children and families in the research.  Under the long term conditions theme, the Children’s Policy Research Unit set out to explore the question of which ethnicities are at highest risk of developing Type 2 diabetes as children.  Type 2 diabetes has previously been found to be linked to lifestyle factors.  The researchers used data from the 2011 National Paediatric Diabetes Audit, which is an audit of the care and outcomes of children attending paediatric diabetes units in England and Wales.  Key findings included:

  • All ethnic minority groups had increased prevalence of Type 2 diabetes compared with the white group.  The highest rates were found in children of Asian and mixed ethnic backgrounds.
  • Type 2 diabetes is more prevalent in girls than boys, across all ethnic groups.  South-Asian girls had the highest prevalence of all.
  • Rates of Type 2 diabetes are increasing in children, compared to a similar study carried out about a decade before, although the overall prevalence in the population is low.

Diabetes Jersey provides support to those affected by Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes in Jersey.

Published January 2017


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Early Childhood Development Programme

The National Children’s Bureau is leading the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Programme in Jersey in partnership with States of Jersey, the Jersey Child Care Trust, and the Early Years & Childhood Partnership.  The ECD programme is working to improve outcomes for young children and their families, and will initially focus on actions to address the following:

  • Babies born with a low birthweight
  • Breastfeeding rates
  • Obesity in young children

KMC is part of the Early Childhood Development Programme.  The programme is led by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) in partnership with the States of Jersey and Jersey Child Care Trust, informed by the Education Department, Health and Social Services, the Early Years and Childhood Partnership and the Jersey Safeguarding Partnership Board. The programme is funded by UBS Optimus Foundation UK.

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