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.
Public health commissioning responsibilities for children aged 0-5 will transfer from NHS England to local authorities on the 1st October 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
19 September 2013
The Centre for Public Scrutiny has published a new briefing on how council scrutiny committees can help hold the NHS to account.
The LGA has published a brief overview of the SEN and disabilities reforms in the Children and Families Act 2014.
Six Early Years High Impact area documents have been launched, identifying six areas where health visitors have the most impact on children aged 0 to 5's health and wellbeing.
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.