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 welcomes comments on the proposals in this paper from our member councils and from our partners in the voluntary and private sectors. In parallel, we will also seek the views of children and young people, working with the British Youth Council.
The Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS) has published a guide to help local leaders and others to understand the independent, but complementary, roles and responsibilities of council health scrutiny, local Healthwatch and health and wellbeing boards.
Children's Minister Edward Timpson MP announced at the LGA Special Educational Needs conference on 10 December that there would be an injection of £70 million to create a new SEN reform grant.
The Government has announced that children's public health commissioning for 0 to five-year-olds will transfer from NHS England to local government on 1 October 2015.
In September 2014, a new duty will come into force on governing bodies to make arrangements to support pupils at school with medical conditions. New statutory guidance and a consultation document has been produced.
When the Children and Families Bill becomes law, it will bring in the biggest reform of the legal system for special educational needs (SEN) for 30 years. Local government has broadly supported the reforms and has lobbied successfully for several amendments to the Bill.
The Department for Education (DfE) has published the 2012/13 survey in the Childcare and early years survey of parents series, which has now been running for more than 10 years.
The detailed distribution of the £150 million capital allocation for the 2014/15 financial year to adapt school kitchens to allow primary schools to deliver universal infant free school meals have been released.
Following a recent meeting with Schools Minister David Laws, David Simmonds has written to him raising the concerns expressed by councils on the challenges faced in implementing the Government's commitment to free school meals for infants.
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As part of a joint agreement, the LGA will work with Public Health England and NHS England to make sure mental health care services are consistent across the country.
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.