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.
Public Health England (PHE) has published a Rapid Review to Update Evidence for the Healthy Child Programme 0–5.
In September 2014, supporting pupils with medical conditions became a statutory requirement for schools in England. Education for Health, a specialist health education charity, has developed a free online resource.
The professional body for habilitation training is working with its membership to raise the standard of provision for visually-impaired children and young people to help them become as independent as possible.
Independent Support is a government-funded programme providing additional support to young people and parents of children being assessed for an Education, Health and Care Plan.
ADASS and ADCS have produced a draft template for a 'memorandum of understanding' (MoU) between children's and adult services regarding responsibility for assessment and support of young carers and young adult carers.
Soft drinks firms must commit to sugar reduction in popular drinks to combat obesity crisis, say councils
6 April 2015
Soft drink giants must stop dragging their heels and commit to minimising sugar. Councils warn that shoppers are unwittingly buying products laden in calories.
25 March 2015
Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chair of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, responds to the Health Committee report published today on obesity, diet and physical activity.
PHE and Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition have published the ‘Promoting children and young people's emotional health and wellbeing – a whole school and college approach'.
18 March 2015
Read Cllr David Simmonds, Chairman of the Local Government Association's Children and Young People's Board, on the Budget announcment of funding for children and young people's mental health.
The Children and Young People's Mental Health Taskforce published its recommendations on 17 March 2015 on the urgent improvements needed for CAMHS (Children's and Adolescents' Mental Health Services)
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.
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.