National Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network News – Public Health England

Resources to Support Local Authorities with Commissioning Services for those aged 0-19 years

PHE has published a number of resources to support local authorities with commissioning services for those aged 0-19 years:

  • The Best Start in Life return on investment (ROI) tool is an interactive Excel sheet which pulls together the best economic evidence available on public health interventions aimed at young children (0-5 years), and/or pregnant women. Specifically included interventions look to increase breastfeeding uptake and prevent or treat postnatal depression. The ROI tool is accompanied by a user guide.
  • The commissioning guidance is a refresh of the current guidance that PHE provides (working alongside partners including the Local Government Association) to support local authorities in commissioning the Healthy Child Programme for 0-19 years. This suite of documents replaces the existing document and includes the latest policy and guidance.

Child Health Profiles Updated

PHE has updated the Child Health Profiles interactive tool which present data across 32 key health indicators of child health and wellbeing. The profiles provide an overview of child health and wellbeing for each local authority and CCG in England and are designed to help local organisations understand the health needs of their community and work in partnership to improve health in their local area. Due to delays in receipt of data from third party suppliers, the pdf profile reports for local authorities will receive their annual update at a later date (provisionally in June 2018). We have also published the results of the latest child health profiles user survey.

New Report looks at Creating National Indicators for Child Development Outcomes

PHE has published findings from work looking to create child development outcomes indicators. The report looks at how data health visitors collect from their use of the ASQ-3 as part of the Healthy Child Programme development review might be used to create indicators at a national level as part of the Public Health Outcomes Framework. A blog has been published alongside the report which summarises the opportunities for such indicators to inform the planning of early years services.

National child measurement programme operational guidance (Public Health England)

Guidance for local commissioners, providers and schools on running the national child measurement programme (NCMP).

Local transformation plan toolkit: guidance on how to design and deliver mental health services for children who have been abused (NSPCC)

The toolkit and guidance follows the annual analysis of local transformation plans looking at how the needs of these children and young people are considered in the commissioning of services. The toolkit aims to help commissioners and other stakeholders understand how their plans can better meet the mental health needs of children and young people who have been abused. Key criteria and best practice themes include: recognising that some groups of children are more vulnerable to mental health problems than the wider population, including children who have been abused and children in care; carrying out a needs analysis of vulnerable groups using a range of sources; providing evidence-based services for vulnerable groups.

Safe sleeping – supporting parents. (Public Health England)

Blog report from Wendy Nicholson, Nursing Lead for Children, Young People and Families at Public Health England, about helping parents ensure their baby sleeps well and is safe. PHE have teamed up with Lullaby Trust to develop guidance to help new and expectant parents make safer choices when deciding on sleeping products for their baby. The guidance can be downloaded here https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/about-us/safer-sleep-week-2018/ . It aims to provide parents with some key pieces of advice when choosing sleeping products.

Alternative provision innovation fund (Department for Education)

Funding to deliver projects to improve outcomes for children in alternative provision. The Alternative Provision Innovation Fund is a £4 million grant funding programme launched to support innovative practices that will deliver better outcomes for children in alternative provision.

Updated screening standards for Down’s, Edwards’ and Patau’s syndromes (Public Health England)

PHE screening blog post which covers recent changes to updated screening standards for the NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme.

Indecent images of children: guidance for young people (Home Office)

This guidance aims to help young people understand the law on making or sharing indecent images of children.
The Home Office have also produced a supporter pack to help educate young men on the law relating to indecent images of children online. To better protect potential victims and reduce demand on the criminal justice system, the campaign aims to prevent offending before it occurs and disrupt the escalation of harmful offending behaviour. The supporter pack includes more information about the campaign and materials you can use such as videos, posters, infographics and social media messages.

Mentally Healthy Schools website available nationwide (Place2Be)

The Mentally Healthy Schools website, a landmark project from Heads Together to help schools better support children’s mental wellbeing, is now available nationwide. Mentally Healthy Schools is a free and easy-to-use website for primary schools, offering teachers, school leaders and school staff across the UK reliable and practical resources to help them support the mental health of their pupils. Created by Heads Together partners Place2Be, the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families and YoungMinds, the site will provide over 600 free, easy-to-use lesson plans, activities, assemblies and more. More info on the aims of the site from the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families here.

New booklet empowers young people to understand normal vulva appearance (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology)

A new resource aimed at educating young people on normal female anatomy – specifically vulva appearance – has been launched by RCOG/BritSPAG. The resource consists of a booklet titled ‘So what is a vulva anyway?‘ and has been developed in response to an increasing number of girls and women with cosmetic genital concerns requesting surgery despite having normal anatomy.

Healthy child programme 0 to 19: health visitor and school nurse commissioning (Public Health England)

This service specification is for local authorities commissioning health visitors and school nurses, for public health services for children aged 0 to 19. The guidance from PHE has been republished to reflect new evidence and guidance to support local authorities commissioning ‘public health services for children and young people’ and in particular delivering the healthy child programme 0 to 5 and 5 to 19. It focuses on the contribution of health visiting and school nursing services leading and co-ordinating the delivery of public health for children aged 0 to 19. The healthy child programme aims to bring together health, education and other main partners to deliver an effective programme for prevention and support.

Best start in life: cost-effective commissioning (Public Health England)

A tool to help local commissioners provide cost-effective interventions for children aged up to 5 and pregnant women.

Domestic violence and abuse (Home Office)

Find out about domestic violence and abuse, coercive control, disclosure scheme, protection notices, domestic homicide reviews and advisers. This guidance is offered to coincide with the Domestic Abuse Bill consultation which is now open. Details and how to contribute are available on the consultation page.
The Home Office and Ministry of Justice have also made available social media infographics and animations to encourage engagement with the Domestic Abuse Bill consultation and raise awareness of domestic abuse. Graphic 3 concerns children.

Doctors launch ‘game-changing’ new eLearning tool to help identify muscle degenerative disorders (Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health)

The new eLearning resource, launched by RCPCH, aims to equip health professionals with the information to identify conditions such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy at the earliest opportunity. This will allow treatment to begin much earlier which will in turn, enhance mobility, prolong life and allow family members to be tested to assess the risk of passing the condition on to future generations. Go to RCPCH Compass Online Learning Tool – learn the signs and help improve the quality of a child’s life today Doctors say this new resource, aimed at health visitors, GPs, nurses and physiotherapists will void the gap of knowledge that currently exists and will finally enable awareness to catch up with the science.