A report on Children and young people’s health and wellbeing in changing times has been published by a national collaborative of nine health organisations following the report from the Children and Young People's Health Outcomes (CYPHO) Forum. The report endorses and builds on the recommendations of CYPHO, urging the Government and national and local bodies to take action in key areas. The purpose of the report is to support the implementation of the health reforms to improve children and young people's health and wellbeing. It makes a large number of policy recommendations spanning over the areas of integrated care, primary care, complex needs, safeguarding and mental health and wellbeing. There is a helpful executive summary on pages 2-4.
Of particular interest to NHS commissioners of care for children and young people will be the section on complex needs (pages 25-26), which makes recommendations in respect of the legislative changes which are afoot to joinup health, social care and education assessments, plans and services to help children with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities. The report supports the policy aims of the Children and Families Bill in this respect but calls for more detail regarding communication arrangements and information sharing between health, social care and education staff and commissioners for the new arrangements for children with SEN and disabilities. The report echoes our concerns that more work is required to facilitate joint working across health, education and social care. It recommends the DH and the Department for Education work together and commit to ensuring a joined-up approach. Without joint commitments across Government to improve health and wellbeing, it is feared it will be difficult for the NHS to make significant progress.
It is also worth highlighting the safeguarding aspects of the report on pages 29 and 30. It comments that it will not be easy for new CCGs to know where to go to find out their responsibilities. The recommendations relate to information sharing and joining-up child and adult safeguarding.