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Improving health in young people

Jon Rouse
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Children and young people growing up in England are the healthiest they have ever been. However, there are still regional variations in the quality of care, particularly for vulnerable children living in areas of economic hardship. We also lag behind some European countries in early diagnosis and interventions.

Children and young people growing up in England are the healthiest they have ever been. However, there are still regional variations in the quality of care, particularly for vulnerable children living in areas of economic hardship. We also lag behind some European countries in early diagnosis and interventions.

The Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum set out a compelling case for change. The response by individual organisations to its recommendations has been impressive as the first significant steps towards the system-wide improvements that are needed.

These improvements are underpinned by our shared ambitions set out in our better health outcomes for children and young people pledge:

  • Children, young people and their families will be at the heart of decision making
  • Services, from pregnancy through to adolescence and beyond, will be high quality, evidence based and safe
  • Services will be integrated and care will be co-ordinated around the individual
  • There will be clear leadership and accountability and organisations will work in partnership.

These ambitions can only be realised in partnership - at both a national and local level. The Department of Health is a committed member of the new Children’s Health and Wellbeing Partnership. This group, which is co-led by national and local government, includes Health Education England, NHS England, Public Health England, Healthwatch England and local government organisations. It will provide national leadership for delivering improved outcomes for children and young people. As we seek greater integration of health and care services, it makes sense that a broad church of expertise is united in this purpose.

Health and wellbeing boards are of course a vital part of the system, helping local organisations and services tackle the broader health priorities affecting our children throughout England.

While there is much to commend our progress in achieving better health outcomes for children and young people there are still too many failures in care.

Our success will be judged on whether we see a positive improvement in the whole range of health outcomes in the years ahead.

Jon Rouse, director general, social care, local government and care partnerships, Department of Health

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