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.
On 13 February, the Department of Health (DH) wrote to each council Chief Executive setting out the final funding allocations for the commissioning of 0-5 children's public health services.
Councils are responsible for ensuring that when children take part in performances (paid or unpaid) or are employed to model or play sport they are safe and their education doesn't suffer.
Guidance will be published shortly on new procurement regulations that recognise the right of parents and young people to express a preference for a place at a particular school or college in Education Health and Care Plans.
The Department of Health-funded Disability Matters e-learning resources portal was launched on 3 February 2015.
4Children and The Council for Disabled Children have announced a second series of FREE Learn Explore Debate events.
Advice and support for parents of children or young people with SEN and disabilities will be provided under a £30million DfE funded programme which will run until 2016.
The Department of Health has published draft regulations for the five mandated universal health visitor reviews as part of the 0-5s public health commissioning transfer to councils in October.
The Department of Health has published the draft regulations for the five mandated universal health visitor reviews as part of the 0-5s public health commissioning transfer to councils in October.
Public Health England has published a new public health framework on young people's health and wellbeing.
The Department of Health has published councils' draft funding allocations for public health services for 0 to five-year-olds.
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.