Social media and self-harm in young people: help or hindrance?

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Jess Williams summarises a qualitative study that questions whether removing graphic self-harm content from social media helps or hinders young people.

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Social care research and mental health: what lessons can be shared on #WorldMentalHealthDay2018?

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Mike Clark considers what the fields of social care research and mental heatlh have to share and learn from one-another on #WorldMentalHealthDay.

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Audiovisual distraction for dental anxiety in children?

Patients in the intervention group were shown a brief informational video before receiving their Internet based intervention, in the hope that this would encourage acceptance of the treatment. 

This review of the effectiveness of audiovisual distraction for reducing dental anxiety in children included 9 trials 6 of which were randomised. The findings suggested that audiovisual distraction was helpful in reducing dental anxiety although all the trials were considered to be at high risk of bias.

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Dental anxiety in paediatric patients: Is cognitive behavioural therapy effective?

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This review of cognitive behavioural therapy(CBT) for dental anxiety and dental phobia in children identified 6 RCTs suggesting it therapy produces better anxiety reduction than diverse behavioural management techniques. However the available evidence is of low quality.

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Economic impact of youth mental health services in the UK

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Alastair Canaway and Chris Sampson look at a new PSSRU report on youth mental health services in the UK, and how they affect health, education and employment.

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Young people’s views on responsive social services: What makes a difference?

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In her debut blog, Katherine Bishop examines a New Zealand study which asks young people at risk of harm what makes a responsive, supportive social service and finds important messages for social work practice.

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Is cCBT doing it for the kids, but not the adults?

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Karina Lovell appraises the first UK RCT of computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (cCBT) for depression in children and young people, which shows a clinically meaningful improvement in depression and anxiety.

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On each others’ team? Multi-agency work in safeguarding children

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In this blog, Lindsey Pike examines research on multi-agency working in safeguarding children and draws out some of the practice implications of the findings.

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Enhancing resilience and social support for kinship foster care

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Susannah Bowyer summarises and critiques a Spanish study on training and support for resilience in kinship foster care, drawing out lessons for UK practice.

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