Children and young people: key references and evidence

A number of briefings have been produced of relevance to children and young people by NHS Health Scotland. They are now available through the Modernising Nursing in the Community website, hosted by NHS Education for Scotland. Subjects covered include: (1) Maternal & infant nutrition; (2) Injury prevention; (3) Pregnancy & complex needs; (4) Smoking cessation; (5) Social/emotional well-being; (6) Attachment theory (covering what early attachment is, how it develops and influences health related behaviour and mental health throughout life); (7) Looked After Children and Young People; (8) Parenting interventions (0-5 years).

A briefing on Weight Management in pregnancy is also available through the Health Scotland website, as are a Child Poverty Briefing and, focusing on inequality, an Early Years Briefing

Other selected useful data sources include:

Giles, L. and Richardson, E. Children and Young People’s Profile: Scotland overview report.  Scottish Public Health Observatory, 2017.

Parkinson J. Establishing a core set of national, sustainable mental health indicators for children and young people in Scotland: Final Report. NHS Health Scotland, 2012.

Taulbut M, Walsh D. Parenting, poverty and poor health: Comparing early-years experiences in Scotland, England and three city-regions. Glasgow Centre for Population Health, 2014.


Effectiveness evidence

ScotPHO's purpose is to describe the pattern of health across the Scottish population. As a supplementary service to users, we include the following links to external sources of quality-assured evidence on effectiveness of interventions which may include relevant material for this topic. These links are provided as an aid to users. They are by no means exhaustive nor should they be necessarily viewed as authoritative.

NHS Health Scotland: Scottish briefings on NICE public health guidance

Centre for Reviews and Dissemination

Cochrane Library: Browse by topic

EPPI-Centre: Evidence library

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Evidence services: Evidence search

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidance: Find guidance

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)


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