The 2012 Health and Social Care Act transferred public health responsibilities from the NHS to local government, it presents an opportunity for local authorities to work with the health, voluntary and community sector to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people.
The LGA works with local authorities, including lead members for children's services to deliver better health and wellbeing outcomes for children and young people. Access the full range of support tools and latest information on children's health issues from the list of resources below.
The LGA has surveyed assistant directors and heads of Children's Social Care on FGM referrals to children's services, the source of these referrals, and how councils currently respond.
The DfE has updated its implementation guidance on the forthcoming SEND reforms under the Children and Families Act 2014.
The LGA has published a brief overview of the SEN and disabilities reforms in the Children and Families Act 2014.
Six Early Years High Impact area documents have been launched, identifying six areas where health visitors have the most impact on children aged 0 to 5's health and wellbeing.
The Children's Society has published a report sharing data about newborn babies in local areas following a Freedom of Information (FoI) request to all English local authorities.
A set of new resources intended to help local authorities reduce the number of children and young people unintentionally injured in the home and on the roads has been published.
The LGA report, 'Our ambition for children and young people' aims to support a radical rewiring of local public services. It sets out four high level ambitions and groups 'core measures' underneath them.
The LGA, Public Health England and NHS England are delivering a series of regional events in September and October 2014. These are '0-5' public health commissioning events.
2 July 2014
Cllr Ann Lucas, Chair of the Local Government Association's Safer and Stronger Communities Board, has responded to the Home Affairs Select Committee report on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
Sport England has announced the names of cities that have been shortlisted to become England's first 'City of Football', demonstrating a commitment to promoting all forms of the grassroots game.
Health and wellbeing board National Learning Network – on the DH website
A forum on children and young people has been created in the Knowledge Hub for the National Learning Network for health and wellbeing Boards (HWBs).
The Knowledge Hub is free to join, you are welcome to share information, ideas and ask for help from other members, in particular, we would really like to hear how your HWB and its partners are tackling children's issues such as safeguarding, commissioning and integration in the new public health system.
LGA public health conferences
The LGA is running a series of public health conferences to help local authorities with their new public health duties. Each informative and interactive conference focuses on issues affecting children, young people and adults and will share learning from local government and the health sector.