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 Department of Health has published the draft regulations for the five mandated universal health visitor reviews as part of the 0-5s public health commissioning transfer to councils in October.
Public Health England has published a new public health framework on young people's health and wellbeing.
The Department of Health has published councils' draft funding allocations for public health services for 0 to five-year-olds.
7 January 2015
The loopholes which exempt some schools from having to serve up healthy and nutritious food must be closed, say council leaders.
On 11 December, the Department of Health (DH) wrote to the Chief Executive of each local authority setting out the proposed financial allocations for the commissioning of 0-5 children's public health services.
NHS England and DH have announced eight areas have been awarded a share of a total of £500,000 funding to run pilots to improve commissioning of mental health services for children and young people.
The DfE is seeking regional leads for the SEN and Disability Peer Network programme 2015/16. Expressions of interest are invited by 23 January 2015.
The DfE is inviting interested individuals and organisations to help them work out ways in which we can distribute special educational needs and disability (SEND) funding more fairly.
The Council for Disabled Children has launched a Developing Key Working guide...
NHS England has published initial contracting guidance for 2015/16 contracts for public health services for 0 to five-year-olds as part of the ongoing work to transfer responsibilities to local government next year.
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.