6 ways to help support mental health in the early years

6 December 2019

Government data suggests that 8% of 5 to 10-year-olds and 12% of 11 to 16-year-olds may have a clinically diagnosed mental health condition. For many, their problems may have begun in the early years. Young children can show clear signs of emotional issues at a very early age, including signs of anxiety or depression, post-traumatic stress, attention-deficit or hyperactivity disorders and autistic spectrum disorders. Nursery staff must pay attention to these signs and act accordingly. Organisations such as the Mental Health Foundation firmly believe that many mental health problems in children are preventable and that there is considerable scope for intervention by early years care givers. What are some of the most effective actions that early years staff can take to promote good mental health in the under 5s and support families affected by mental health issues? Martin Hodgson investigates.

Customs guidance

6 December 2019

Dealing with customs issues can be daunting for businesses that are not used to dealing with them. There will be many businesses that previously did not have to deal with customs matters but once the UK leaves the EU will now become immersed in customs intricacies. HMRC has been issuing guidance regarding sources of information and help. This article provides indicators to this guidance.

Self-assessment tax returns

6 December 2019

Self-assessment is the method used for accounting for income tax to HMRC. Tax is automatically deducted from wages, pensions and savings. Persons and businesses with other income (such as rental income, investment income, commissions) must submit a self-assessment return.

Country Profile — Paraguay

6 December 2019

Paraguay is keen to reach out to the wider world. While current trade volumes may only be modest, there is long-term potential for business to be done. Martin Clark reports.

AI and automation in the workplace — what do employers need to know?

5 December 2019

Technology, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine automation, is becoming increasingly common in the modern workplace. Ben McCarthy, employment law writer at Croner-i, argues that there are numerous benefits to introducing such systems but that it should be done carefully.

Behind the smile

4 December 2019

Belinda Liversedge visited Amazon’s Tilbury warehouse to find out more about the working conditions, wellbeing and safety.

Construction worker fatigue guidance issued

4 December 2019

Guidance on controlling the health and safety risks arising from fatigue among construction workers has been published by the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s online Best Practice Hub.

Equal, diverse and protected

4 December 2019

Minimising the health and safety risks faced by vulnerable workers, such as disabled people and older workers, will help to boost diversity at work, says Lawrence Waterman.

Fire safety in a post-Grenfell world

4 December 2019

The proposed “golden thread” of information about the design, construction and fire safety arrangements for high rise residential buildings planned in light of the Grenfell Tower tragedy will help those responsible for assessing fire risks, says Stephen Adams.