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.
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.
The Health Committee published its report into Children's and adolescents' mental health and CAMHS. It highlighted "serious and deeply ingrained problems..."
Public Health England has published a briefing highlighting the evidence base and the link between health and wellbeing and educational attainment.
NHS England has published the 2015/16 National Health Visiting Core Service Specification, this is an update of the 2014/15 specification.
23 October 2014
A free guide is available from the LGA, designed to provide councillors with an introduction to female genital mutilation (FGM).
23 October 2014
The Government's recent announcement of plans to improve mental health services sends a clear message that mental health should be treated as seriously as physical health by the NHS.
From 2015, health visiting teams will be using an evidence-based questionnaire called the Ages & Stages Questionnaires as part of Healthy Child Programme (HCP) reviews.
NICE has published a new briefing to help local authorities and partner organisations through effective commissioning of health visiting services.
'Everybody Active, Every Day' is a one-day event in London, organised by Public Health England, and presents a long-term, evidence-based approach to increase physical activity in local communities.
Public health commissioning responsibilities for children aged 0-5 will transfer from NHS England to local authorities on the 1st October 2015.
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.