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.
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.
24 April 2014
Councillors should prepare for higher child poverty rates, writes Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group.
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.
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.
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
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.
The first reports from Ofsted's new children's services inspections have now been published and further inspections are underway.
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.
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.
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.
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.