Scottish Child Poverty, Health and Wellbeing eLearning Module Launched



On Wednesday NHS Health Scotland (NES) launched a new resource a Child Poverty, Health and Wellbeing eLearning Module. Lyz Howie Midwife Lecturer and programme leader for the  MSc Midwifery (with-registration) was part of the steering group charged with developing this resource in partnership with staff from NES.

The learning resource aims to raise awareness of the plight of young peoples’ poverty issues in Scotland, and the impact poverty has on their health and wellbeing. Initially developed for health visitors and midwives, the new module is relevant for all working across health, social care, education and the public sector who are in contact with children at work. Overall, the module has been designed to cover the following key learning outcomes:

  • Describe what child poverty is and what causes it
  • Outline how child poverty is defined and measured in Scotland
  • Explain how poverty impacts children and young people’s health & wellbeing
  • Promote individuals’ reflection of their roles in reducing the impact of child poverty on health and wellbeing

John Dickie, Director of CPAG in Scotland said:

“The introduction of this new resource will be an excellent way to help raise the awareness of child poverty – and the impact it has on children’s health and wellbeing. And going forward, I would really encourage people to participate in this learning so they can fully understand how their work can really make a big difference in tackling the serious issues surrounding child poverty.”

Professor Jayne Donaldson, Dean – Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport at University of Stirling said:

“This new module will not just be useful for increasing students’ awareness of the subject of child poverty and austerity, it will also make them aware of the long term outcomes. In addition to this, we also have plans to integrate the eLearning module into our Undergraduate BSc Nursing Programme and our MSc/PGDip Early Years Practice (Health Visiting) Programme.”

Learners can access the module by following the URL link and self-enrolling onto Health Scotland’s Virtual Learning Environment.