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Teenagers with conditions that affect their appearance wanted to test new support programme 

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The Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) at UWE Bristol is looking to recruit young people aged 13 – 18 to test out a new support programme for those with a condition that affects their appearance.

CAR has teamed up with the charities Changing Faces, the British Skin Foundation, the Ichthyosis Support Group and the Vocational Training Charitable Trust to develop YP Face IT, an innovative online support programme for teenagers with worries about skin conditions, hair loss or scarring.

Catrin Griffiths, who helped design YP Face IT, said, “The aim of the programme is to teach skills to young people who have concerns due to altered appearance so that they can feel and act more confidently.”

The specially-developed programme uses techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy, social skills training and interactive activities, videos, illustrations and avatars. The researchers are looking to recruit 20 teenagers to test out the new programme, which involves taking part in one hour long session per week for 7 weeks, at home on their own computer.

If you would like to find out more about this project, please contact catrin.griffiths@uwe.ac.uk

Good communication from birth is the key to good communication in future  

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children painting
Professor Sue Roulstone, from the Centre for Health and Clinical Research and Director of the Speech and Language therapy Research Unit, has led a research project identifying the impact of children's early communication environment on their educational development and communication skills in later life.

This project was led by Professor Sue Roulstone, Underwood Trust Professor of Language and Communication Impairment at UWE, in collaboration with Professor Tim Peters from the University of Bristol, Professor James Law from Newcastle University, Dr Robert Rush from the Queen Margaret University and Dr Judy Clegg from the University of Sheffield.

The report published today shows that certain aspects of a child's early upbringing - up to two years old - such as having children's books around and not having the television on too much, can have a positive effect on their success when they start school.

Professor Roulstone said that, "The main message is that, as parents, we can have an impact on how our children learn to talk by providing a range of communication experiences. And the better our children are at talking by the age of two years, the better they will do when they start school.”

For further information read the full UWE press release here

An Interview with Professor Elizabeth Towner 

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Liz Towner at a village injury prevention committee in BangladeshProfessor Elizabeth Towner from the Centre for Child and Adolescent Health has been appointed as a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Expert Advisory Panel on Injury and Violence Prevention. Professor Towner has carried out child injury research with the WHO, UNICEF, and local organisations in Bangladesh, Vietnam and the Netherlands. Her appointment as an expert advisor recognises her international reputation as a leader in accidental child injury prevention and research. I interviewed her to find out more about her role in the Expert Advisory Panel.

How did you first become involved with the WHO?

I have worked in child injury research since 1990. I was invited to a consultation meeting at WHO in Geneva in March 2005 to discuss the development of a world report on child injury prevention. In 2008 I was an editor of the WHO’s European report on child injury prevention and contributed the first chapter to the World report on child injury prevention, which was the first time the WHO had reported on the problems faced in low and middle income countries. After working with the WHO over the last five years I was invited to join the expert panel earlier this year.

What are the panel’s main aims?

The main aims of the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s injury programme are to lead global projects investigating injury prevention strategies, to draw international attention to the need for accident research and to encourage governments to sign up to intervention programmes. The panel provides advice for these activities.

What projects are on the horizon for you at the moment?

Every two years an international conference on injury and violence prevention is held. The next conference, Safety 2010 is the first to take place in the UK and takes place in London from 21-24 September 2010. I am also involved in the organisation of a satellite conference on child injury prevention at the Lifeskills Centre in Bristol on 20th September. Two of my colleagues from UWE have been invited to present at this conference: Richard Kimberlee who will be talking about child and youth involvement in injury prevention and Kamran ul-Baset talking about community based injury prevention in Bangladesh.

On projects in the UK we are just staring data collection on injuries in pre-school children at Bristol Children’s Hospital Emergency Department on the ‘Keeping Children Safe at Home’ project.

Your research has taken you to a number of different countries and given you the opportunity to work with children across the world; what has been your most memorable experience so far?

I had a memorable trip to Bangladesh a couple of years ago when I worked on a consultancy study for UNICEF on an independent evaluation of a large community-based child injury study.  I travelled to some remote villages in Bangladesh. Observing the energy and enthusiasm of crèche mothers working with few resources in the villages and providing safe homes and stimulating early learning experiences to pre-school children was really impressive. What was notable was the enjoyment of the children themselves in singing, dancing, reciting poems, including the memorable, ‘Twickle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are’ … chanted in English.  That evening I was impressed by the sheer darkness of the sky in rural Bangladesh where some villages still have no electricity and the brightness of the stars twinkling.

Liz Towner planting a tree for a child killed in a road traffic accident in Bangladesh 
Prof Liz Towner planting a tree for a child killed in a road traffic accident in Bangladesh.

For more information contact Prof Elizabeth Towner