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Supporting children and young people to be healthy in Leicestershire and Rutland

We asked about your views on the current 0-19 Healthy Child Programme in Leicestershire and Rutland and how you think it could be improved.

This engagement was from 11 May - 8 June 2021 and has now ended . It will be followed by a consultation which will run from early summer to early autumn 2021.

The Healthy Child Programme (HCP) provides a service for all children and families to improve their physical and mental health.  It is available for children and young people aged 0-19 and young people up to age 25 who have SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) or who have left care at 18 years.   
The HCP is delivered by Health Visitors and the School Nursing Service. Health Visitors make regular visits to families, from before birth until a child is aged 2½ years, to offer advice, support and guidance.   
The School Nursing Service works with school-aged children to promote health. They focus on healthy weight, emotional wellbeing, healthy relationships education and more.

What we want your views on

We are proposing that Leicestershire’s and Rutland’s children, young people and their families and carers can access both universal services (open to all) and targeted services (focused on some people) when they need them, to improve their health and wellbeing at the right time, in the right way and in the right place. 
To achieve this, as part of our engagement we want to: 

  • Understand children’s and young people’s health needs and how these could be prioritised differently to provide the most effective support
  • Understand what works well and where there are gaps in what is being offered  
  • Review how the essential elements of the Healthy Child Programme could be delivered
  • Review how the other elements of the Healthy Child Programme to address healthy lifestyles and risky behaviours could be delivered
  • Review how transitions from primary school to secondary school are managed and the impact these have on the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people
  • Review access to support, county-wide or via smaller neighbourhood communities
  • Understand the need to develop an improved digital offer (building on the progress made using digital options during the pandemic) which could include more detailed web-based information and advice; increased use of social media channels targeted at specific age groups, for example use of TikTok for young audiences or Zoom/Facetime platforms or similar for face-to-face conversations, etc.  

The new services will need to be in place by 1 September 2022.

Who would be affected by these proposals?

  • Children and Young People aged between 0-19  
  • Pregnant women and partners
  • All parents and carers of children aged 0-19
  • Professionals who work with children and young people and their families. 

Healthy Child Programme summary document  Opens new window

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