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A ‘child’s rights’ approach: how one question can help councils plan fairer and healthier futures

Choosing and implementing policies that are coherent with child health and environmental sustainability, rather than accelerated ecological decline, is necessary for a sustainable and fair future. This briefing explains how embedding children’s rights in policy-making starts with one question: how do our policies affect young people’s life-chances now and in the future?

England & Wales, Global, Scotland
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Covid-19 and children’s social care in England

This briefing is on the advice and guidance offered to the children’s social care community by the UK government during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the issues emerging from the pressure on local authorities and providers to accept temporary flexibilities to support them. The briefing also summarises a study on the experiences of local authority children’s…

England & Wales

Swift Read: Social care reform in the UK – can we learn from Germany?

Social care reforms have long been a key issue for local government, and now the strains have been exacerbated due to the pandemic. This briefing draws out lessons for the UK from an alternative, Germany’s long-term care insurance system, that could prove useful for shaping the future of the UK’s social care.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland
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Were public services fit enough for coronavirus?

Public services are at the frontline of the response to coronavirus, but some have struggled for a range of reasons. What can be done to make sure they are better prepared for future crises?

England & Wales, Scotland
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Urban density and pandemics: lessons from global Covid-19 experiences

What is the relationship between urban density to the transmission of Covid-19? We look at the experience in South Africa and various global cities, how the link can be over-simplified, and at how cities reduced transmissions and flattened the curve in areas of high density.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa
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Latest NRS statistics on Covid-19 deaths in Scotland

This briefing presents NRS statistics on Covid-19, published weekly by National Records of Scotland (NRS), last published on 15th July 2020. Statistics will cover main areas of mortality data, highlighting mortality by Covid-19 on location, ethnicity and occupation.

Scotland
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Improving childhood obesity – a local lens and local action

Alongside national approaches to improving levels of childhood obesity, this briefing explores the multiple opportunities for local government to improve the environments that children live in, the food they eat and their opportunities for being physically active and enjoying exercise.

England & Wales, Scotland