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.

Children and Young People Board

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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.

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LGA response to Health Committee report on physical activity and diet

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.

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Children and young people

Promoting children and young people's emotional health and wellbeing

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'.

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LGA response to Budget announcement on children and young people's mental health services

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.

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Children and Young People's Mental Health Taskforce report published

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)

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Local government response to the children and young people mental health taskforce report

17 March 2015

Local authorities are committed to doing what they can to improve services for vulnerable children and young people immediately.

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Final funding for 0-5 year olds public health services announced

The Department of Health has published final funding allocations for 0 to 5-year-olds' public health services. The funding includes an extra £2 million to fund councils' new commissioning responsibilities and will be a recurring cost for 2016/17.

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Consultation on the funding formula for 0-5 children's public health

ACRA has written to local authority chief executives, directors of finance and directors of public health inviting them to respond to an engagement exercise on the public health formula for the 0-5s children's public health component.

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Final Funding for 0-5 year olds public health services announced

On 13 February, the Department of Health (DH) wrote to each council Chief Executive setting out the final funding allocations for the commissioning of 0-5 children's public health services.

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Performance and activities licensing: helping children's talents shine

Councils are responsible for ensuring that when children take part in performances (paid or unpaid) or are employed to model or play sport they are safe and their education doesn't suffer.

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.

Public health conferences 2014/15

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.

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