Children’s and Young People’s Health

When Every Child Matters was launched in 2004 it ensured that the health of children and young people was put to the forefront on everyone’s mind. It gave people the opportunity to understand that a healthy child will get the best out of their life, whilst giving government and other contributors the chance to improve health provision.

The National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services

In September 2004 the National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity services was published, and gave organisations a set of 11 standards that had to be met over a ten year period. This was to help children develop a healthy lifestyle.

A report published in November 2007 on it’s progress suggested that providers were responding to the challenges that the framework posed, and were ensuring that significant changes were being made to the planning and delivery of health services. This ensured that children’s health was at the forefront of government policy, and had given government the ambition of improving health due to an increasing momentum for change.

Public Service Agreements

During the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review in 2007 there were many agreeements made, but PSA 12 ensured that the Government continued their aim to improve the health and well-being of children and young people for at least three years. There were key indicators that would show this progress, and they are as follows:

  • Promoting school lunches
  • Cutting obesity in children
  • Promoting breastfeeding at 68 weeks
  • The improvement of services for disabled children
  • Improving emotional health and CAHMS

PSA 14 and 18 also gave backing to increasing the potential for a healthy generation with better health and well-being for all.

NSF case studies database

It is important to remember that whilst standards needed to be met, there was flexibility in the arrangements, with local authorities able to implement NSF in their own way. You can see various case studies where this has taken place on the Department of Health website.