The health of children and young people is determined by far more than healthcare
Household income, education, housing, stable and loving family life and a healthy environment all significantly influence young people’s health and life chances.
Children account for 23% (570,000) of the total West Yorkshire and Harrogate population.
Over recent years we have seen improvements across our area in school readiness and the number of 16-17 year olds in education, employment or training. But we know too many of our children and young people still live with poor emotional wellbeing /mental health, in poverty, experience physical health problems or unhealthy environments.
Our vision for our Children, Young People and Families Programme is:
- To close the gap in health and well-being outcomes for all children and young people across West Yorkshire and Harrogate, irrespective of where they were born, where they live and go to school.
- All children and young people will have the best start in life and the support and healthcare needed to enable them to be safe from harm and to enjoy healthy lifestyles, to do well in learning and have skills for life
- The voice of the child and young person will be at the heart of everything we do.
To support us to achieve our vision we have seven priority areas of focus for our Programme:
- Acute paediatrics (hospital services for children)
- Best start in life and narrowing the obesity gap/healthy weight
- Family resilience and early help
- Complex needs and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
- Long term health conditions
- Mental health, learning disabilities and autism
- End of life care.
We are in the process of defining and agreeing our objectives and outcomes for a number of these priority areas to look at where we can work together to ensure children, young people and families get the right support at the right time and in the right place.
Many of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate priority programmes focus on children, young people and families and we are working in partnership with a number of programmes, including but not limited to the Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism Programme, the Maternity Programme, the Improving Population Health Programme (tackling health inequalities), the Unpaid Carers Programme and Yorkshire and Humber networks to agree collective priorities.
By working together we are able to add value and improve the health and wellbeing for children and young people as well as future generations - one of the very reasons why this important programme exists.
RESEARCH BRIEF: Research to review the merits and challenges of online parenting courses and to support future planning and development of services
Please find an opportunity for funding to support the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership with research to review the merits and challenges of online parenting courses and to support future planning and development of services.
The area of focus for the research is to review parenting support and training programmes where delivery switched predominantly to an online offer during the Covid 19 pandemic
The aim is to gain a deeper understanding of participation, delivery and impact to inform future planning of services as we move ‘post pandemic’, including;
- Understanding the mode of delivery and identifying barriers (inclusive of digital inequality)
- Identify which areas need to be further developed
- Consider the future of online parenting provision
- Establish comparisons between Local Authorities and highlight any gaps in provision
- Understand what has changed for parents, and the development of staff
- Highlight the successes and what has worked well
- Understand the wrap around provision, and the impact of provision
Please send expressions of Interest to Carrie Rae firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on the 26th August 2021
The Children, Young People and Families Programme programme has funded the Digibete App for all children and young people with type 1 diabetes across West Yorkshire and Harrogate. This is a Diabetes Clinic Communications, Education and Patient Self-Management App. Despite huge improvements from clinical teams, approximately 70% of young people still struggle to manage their diabetes safely. It is widely recognised that the vast majority of self-management happens in the community and therefore clinically approved education resources need to be available when needed. It includes a Diabetes Clinic Communications, Education and Patient Self-Management App.
All the information on Digibete has been co-designed with people with diabetes and families. It includes information on sports and exercise; insulin pumps and technology; emotional wellbeing, school and education. There are also resources specific to teenagers, healthy eating and carbohydrate counting and guidance on diabetes management. All of our six diabetes units are signed up to this and will be implementing the App.