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Establishing Local Healthwatch: engaging with children and young people

Establishing local Healthwatch (LHW) is a series of briefings produced by the LGA to assist local authorities and their partners in local communities and the NHS to support the commissioning, setting up and early development of local Healthwatch.

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National Child Measurement programme: briefing for elected members

They address a number of transitional issues relating to the transfer of responsibility for delivering the National Child Measurement programme, which moved from PCTs to local government in April 2013.

Think autism

Examples of how local councils support people with autistic spectrum conditions

Best start in life: promoting good emotional wellbeing and mental health for children and young people

Children and young people's mental health services and social care can help to pick up the pieces when things go wrong. But it is councils and their partners who can play a lead role in trying to ensure problems don't develop in the first place.

Healthy weight, healthy futures

Local government action to tackle childhood obesity

Tackling poor oral health in children: local government's public health role

Large numbers of young children have teeth extracted under general anaesthesia in hospital because of dental decay.

Healthy beginnings: Giving our children the best start in life

Giving children a healthy start in life is one of the most important jobs councils do and we all have a duty to make sure that children, along with their mums and dads, have access to the services they need.

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Making obesity everybody’s business: A whole systems approach to obesity

Obesity is considered to be one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. Without action, the health of individuals will continue to suffer, health inequalities associated with obesity will remain and the economic and social costs will increase to unsustainable levels.

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Engaging with schools and communities to support inclusive teaching of RSE

This briefing provides top tips, helpful resources and case studies from seven councils, showcasing just a small selection of positive approaches going on across the country.

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Improving transition from children to adult mental health services

For the LGA, good mental health and wellbeing for children, young people and adults is an absolute priority. Councils have responsibilities for children’s mental health through their children’s and public health services, as well as their role on health and wellbeing boards and as local system leaders.

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