Our ambition is to help give children the best start in life, and promote their mental and physical health and resilience as they grow up.
- We expect to see the NHS, working together with schools and children’s social services, supporting and safeguarding vulnerable, looked-after and adopted children, through a more joined-up approach to tackling their needs.
- We welcome the NHS Commissioning Board’s commitment to its full participation in local safeguarding arrangements for vulnerable children and adults.
- We want the NHS Commissioning Board to improve the standards of care and experience for woman and families during pregnancy and the early years of their children.
- We will work with the NHS Commissioning Board and Healthwatch England to consider how best to ensure that the views of children, especially those with specific healthcare needs, are listened to.
One area where there is a particular need for improvement is in supporting children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities.
- The Board’s objective is to ensure that these children and young people have access to the services identified in their agreed care plan and that, from April 2014, their parents are able to ask for a personal budget based on a single assessment across health, social care and education.
And we want to ensure smooth transitions between children’s and adult services.