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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Ages & Stages Questionnaires

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.

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NICE Health visiting and evidence in practice briefing

NICE has published a new briefing to help local authorities and partner organisations through effective commissioning of health visiting services.

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Everybody Active, Every Day

'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.

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Government announces Mandation of elements of the 0-5s Healthy Child Programme

Public health commissioning responsibilities for children aged 0-5 will transfer from NHS England to local authorities on the 1st October 2015.

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Children's mental health services 'in need of reform'

12 August 2014

Children's mental health services urgently need a complete overhaul if young people are to receive better support and care, council leaders warn.

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Chief Medical Officer's report: Prevention pays – our children deserve better

The Chief Medical Officer's annual report, published on 24 October 2013, focuses on children's health issues. It makes a number of recommendations and calls on Government, the health service, social care and education professionals to take action and make improvements now.

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0-5s public health commissioning transfer finance and contracting template issued to agree local authority level information

NHS England has recently issued a second finance and contracting information request to Area Teams (ATs). ATs have been asked to work with local authorities (LAs) to jointly agree the finance and contracting picture by LA.

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Autism Innovation Fund

Local authorities, NHS, third sector, commercial and voluntary organisations or individuals with autism in co-production with any of the above are all encouraged to apply for funding under the Autism Innovation Fund. The deadline is Tuesday 26 August at 5.00 pm.

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National Health Visiting Service Specification published

The National Health Visiting Service Specification has now been updated in view of the transfer of public health commissioning for 0 to five-year-olds to local government on 1 October 2015

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Dates of regional 0-5s Public Health Commissioning Events

The LGA, Public Health England and NHS England are delivering a series of regional events in September and October 2014. These are '0-5' public health commissioning events.

Events

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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