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More than 3,000 children hospitalised for self-harm

Mental health care provision for young people is under the spotlight

According to recent figures, more than 3,000 children in the south east were hospitalised for self-harming themselves last year.

The total number of children treated in England and Wales in that same time period was 19,000.

Common pressures on teenagers include - bullying, pressures at school, and emotional abuse - all issues which can require professional help.

Julie Harrison's report contain details of the troubles that some young people have experienced - that you may find upsetting.

The interviewees are Aimee Wilson, Dr Paul McArdle, a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; and Zoe Gilder, from the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service.

If you have been affected by any of the issues in the report or would like some advice. You can contact the following organisations:

ChildLine, the NSPCC, the Samaritans, and Mind the mental health charity.

NHS flu campaign calls on parents to vaccinate children

NHS poster asking parents to vaccinate children against flu Credit: NHS South, Central and West

Buses across Oxfordshire will carry an advertising campaign encouraging parents to vaccinate their children against flu. Children up until the age of four are entitled to free flu jabs that can be administered by a GP or school nurse.

Flu can be serious for young children. Help protect them from flu with one simple nasal spray. The vaccination is free, fast and painless so don't put it off

– Dr Joe McManners, clinical chair at Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

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Council promises new playground adventures for children

Plans include a climbing zone in the trees Credit: Crawley Borough Council

A council has revealed its plans to revamp a West Sussex adventure playground are "on track".

Cherry Lane adventure playground has been closed for one year while renovations take place. The all-new facility will include a climbing zone in the trees, a large sand and water play area, and an underground tunnel zone.

A council spokesperson says they are excited by the plans, saying the adventure playground will focus on back-to-basics outdoor play, including digging in mud, a fire pit for cooking and den building.

Cherry Lane Adventure Playground is being completely transformed and I can’t wait to see it completed. All of this new equipment will provide children with many years of fun and exciting play.”

– Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet member for Wellbeing

The new adventure playground is due to open in Easter 2017.

The new playground will include a large sand and water play area Credit: Crawley Borough Council
The new playground will include a tunnel underground zone Credit: Crawley Borough Council

Parents told children shouldn't play out in cul-de-sac

Children playing on bicycles outside their homes in a cul-de-sac in Sussex

Families in a cul-de-sac in Sussex have been told they could face eviction - if they let their children play outside.

Council tenants living on the Forest Row street say they're being treated like criminals following the letter from Wealden District Council. The local authority says the road is not a safe place to play and the warning was in light of a number of complaints. This is what two local residents told us.

£250,000 grant to help children with rare blood disorder

Haemophilia Centre to study research about children with the condition

The Kent and Canterbury Hospital has received a £250,000 grant for research into a rare inherited blood disease.

The Haemophilia Centre at the hospital treats more than 500 people from across Kent. It is hoped that the study which begins in April will help improve life for children with the condition. The money has come from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).

The study will be the first ever randomised clinical trial of its type for physiotherapy intervention in children with haemophilia. The work will look at establishing links between exercise, weak muscles and joint damage caused by bleeding in children with the condition.

"We are pleased that the importance of this study has been recognised. We believe it will provide us with valuable knowledge about this condition which will benefit haemophilia patients in the future. We are also delighted that the NIHR recognised that our centre has the expertise to carry this piece of work forward."

– David Stephensen, Physiotherapist, East Kent Hospitals' Trust

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Parents and carers can look out for signs of abuse

Parents and carers can learn how to look out for signs of exploitation Credit: Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Protecting Berkshire's children and young people from child sexual exploitation will be the focus of an awareness day.

For today's annual national CSE Awareness Day, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is running a pop-up shop in Maidenhead's Nicholsons Centre.

Parents and carers can learn tips about protecting their children from online exploitation and find out about CSE awareness training.

Kids make film to fight Oxfordshire Children's Centres cuts

Clip from animation by two children fighting cuts

A family in Oxfordshire desperate to save children's services from closure, has come up with a novel way of getting their message across.

Lucy Marshall, aged 11, and her 8-year-old brother Oliver, have made their own animated film.

Their children's local authority is trying to save around £290 million pounds from its budget. In this time of austerity, some services are going to have to be cut or reduced over the next few years, and children's services are facing an uncertain future.

Creative family - Orlando's mother makes kid's tv show

Two schoolgirls voicing characters for the new series

The mother of Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom has picked two school children from Canterbury to take lead roles in a production of her own.

Sonia Copeland Bloom - who wrote a series of children's books about mini-beasts - is producing an animated pilot to pitch to broadcasters and film studios. Sarah Saunders reports.

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