The 2012 Child Health Profiles have been produced by the Child and Maternal Health Observatory (ChiMat) on behalf of the Public Health Observatories in England.
The profiles draw together information to present a picture of health in each local area in a user-friendly format. They provide a snapshot of child health and well-being for each local authority in England using key health indicators which enables comparison locally, regionally and nationally.
By using the profiles, local organisations can work in partnership to plan and commission evidence-based services based on local need. They are a valuable tool for local government and health services in helping them to understand their community’s needs, so that they can work to improve children and young people’s health and reduce health inequalities.
There is a four-page profile for each local authority in England which includes:
An ‘At a glance’ summary description of child health in the area
Maps and charts showing how the health of the area compares to the national view and other local authorities in the area
A ‘spine chart’ health summary showing the difference in health between the area and the England average for 32 indicators within the five domains of the Public Health Outcomes Framework (Preventable mortality, health protection, wider determinants of ill health, health improvement and prevention of ill health).
The ChiMat website also provides interactive maps and charts for users to create their own views of the data and links to further supporting and relevant products.