Health and wellbeing boards have faced a steep learning curve since assuming their full statutory role in April 2013.
This guide was undertaken in response to requests from people working with health and wellbeing boards where there was a real desire for social media to be used effectively to help the boards shape policy, explain decisions and deliver objectives.
One of the lessons from the inquiries into abuse and ill treatment at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and Winterbourne View assessment and treatment centre is that service providers need to develop more equal partnerships with people who use services and carers. This sort of partnership is often called ‘co-production' .
Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges at any stage in a child's life. The aim is to ensure problems do not escalate to become more acute, and more costly, to the detriment of children and families.
On 31 May 2011, a BBC Panorama television programme showed people with a learning disability being subjected to extreme, criminal abuse by staff at Winterbourne view private assessment and treatment centre.