Read transcript of webchat on how health and care system should be helping children and young people

Christine Lenehan, co-chair of the Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum, took part in a webchat on what the different organisations in the health and care system should be doing to improve the health of children and young people on Wednesday 23 May.

You can replay the conversation below.

Christine Lenehan, who is Director of the Council for Disabled Children, said:

‘With the immense support of a large array of individuals and organisations who have supported the Forum through their feedback, we are close to finalising a list of health outcomes, which through their achievement would deliver a positive impact in the lives of children and young people.

‘For these outcomes to be implemented effectively, all the key parts of the new system must have structures and priorities that ensure the needs of children and young people are adequately taken account of.

‘To help ensure this happens, we as a Forum plan to clearly set out what the contribution of each part of the system needs to be to improve health outcomes for children. This webchat is part of our listening to the views of as many people as possible on how best the outcomes strategy can do this.’

The Forum has been gathering views on the health outcomes that matter most for children and young people and would also like to hear what you think the bodies in the new health and care system should be doing to achieve these. These bodies include the NHS Commissioning Board, Public Health England, health and wellbeing boards, clinical commissioning groups, local authorities, Healthwatch, regulators such as the Care Quality Commission and Monitor, and NICE.

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2 Responses to Read transcript of webchat on how health and care system should be helping children and young people

  1. Alison Miller says:

    I would like to see prevention of illness through increasing promotion of childhood immunisations in the outcomes framework.

    Also improved promotion of breastfeeding as a default for infant feeding not as an equal choice of BF or artificial feeding in UK. This is achieved in other European and Antipodean countries so should be possible here.

  2. David says:

    Though I welcome another review of children’s health, it’s yet another one after so many which means each review is not being followed. I’d like to concentrate on safeguarding children. The Cowell inquiry (1974) found key failures of communication and liaison between professionals before Maria’s death in 1973. A very similar picture to that painted nearly 35 years later following the death of Victoria Climbie and the subsequent publication of the Laming review (2003). Both reports argued that each organisaton and profession had particular expertise that required mutual understanding. So in nearly 40 years we are making little progress. We still have multiple computer systems preventing sharing of information, GPs are not engaging in safeguarding responsibilities and are not following their own toolkits, in my experience. Serious Case Reviews highlight the same problems time and time again. We are failing children in our society and even when we detect child abuse, the system works in favour of the parent in the belief its always best to try and keep children with their parents. As a result children “lose” their early years and when its decided to remove them, its too late as we know their development that determines their future occurs in the first 2 years of life. We know this yet as a society we do nothing. The UK is bottom in the league table for children’s wellbeing in developed countries, yet we make no changes. It’s a tragedy.