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.

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Children and young people

Help with school meals

24 April 2014

A new project for junior, secondary and special educational needs (SEN) schools and academy trusts has launched to help increase take-up of school meals by those who need them most.

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Children and young people

Child poverty

24 April 2014

Councillors should prepare for higher child poverty rates, writes Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group.

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Community safety

LGA responds to Big Brother Watch CCTV parking report

14 April 2014

Read Councillor Peter Box, Chair of the LGA's Economy and Transport Board, as he responds to Big Brother Watch's CCTV parking report.

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Children and young people

Knight to remember

3 April 2014

Primary school pupils in Newton Aycliffe travelled back in time as they walked to school with a knight in shining armour and his faithful squire.

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Children and young people

Updated National Health 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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Children and young people

A new landscape for SEN and disability

The Council for Disabled Children is hosting three conferences following Royal Assent for the Children and Families Act 2014 and the development of the new SEN Code of Practice.

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Children and young people

Ofsted inspections under the Single Inspection Framework

The first reports from Ofsted's new children's services inspections have now been published and further inspections are underway.

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Children and young people

Government consultation on the draft Child Poverty Strategy 2014–2017

The Government has launched its consultation on a new child poverty strategy at the end of February, to which LGA officers are drafting a response.

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WAVE Trust

WAVE Trust is working with the Department of Health to promote greater adoption of primary prevention and in particular the recommendations in the joint DfE/WAVE report.

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Free school meals for infants

The Department for Education (DfE) has released guidance and further details about the funding of the introduction of universal infant free school meals from September this year.

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.

National Learning Network Khub

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 2013/14