Health

In this section you will find documents relating to mental health, self harm, addiction, bereavement and sexual health.

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document Healthy futures: Supporting and promoting the health needs of looked after children (Case Studies) ABSTRACT, Local Government Association, December 2016

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LGA 16 Healthy futures ABSTRACT DEC 16.docx

In recognition of the work that is already underway in many local areas, LGA has published seven case studies of positive initiatives in local authorities around the country. These are intended to provide a useful starting point for local councils to take practical action in their own areas.

document Promoting looked after children's emotional wellbeing and recovery from trauma through a child-centred outcomes framework ABSTRACT, Alliance for Children in Care and Care Leavers, July 2016

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ALL 16 Promoting LAC's emotional wellbeing ABSTRACT JUL 16.docx

This abstract provides details of a paper which examines options for assessing and measuring looked after children’s well-being and mental health outcomes across their care experience as mechanisms for assessing ‘good quality care’. It sets out proposals for government on developing new measures and ways of using existing data more effectively to drive improvements across the system.

pdf Not Seen Not Heard: A review of the arrangements for child safeguarding and health care for looked after children in England, Care Quality Commission, July 2016

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CQC 16 Not Seen Not Heard JUL 16.pdf

This report looks at how effectively health services provide early help to children in need, how they identify and protect children at risk of harm and looked-after children’s health and well being. It reviews findings from 50 inspections across England as well as specific focus groups. The report concludes that health professionals have improved how they assess risk and recognise safeguarding concerns, but services are not protecting and promoting children’s health and welfare consistently. More needs to be done to listen to and involve children in need in their care.

document Looked after young people: Reducing health inequalities through an evidence- and theory-informed intervention ABSTRACT, Dale, H. et al., Health Education Journal, February 2016

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HEJ 16 LAC reducing health inequalities ABSTRACT FEB 16.docx

This abstract provides details of a study aimed at designing and evaluating a health behaviour change intervention for looked after young people, targeting sexual health, smoking, exercise, healthy eating and non-dependent alcohol and drug use.

document The role of the Designated Nurse for Looked After Children and Named Nurse for Looked After Children in England, Royal College of Nursing, October 2015

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RCN 15 The role of the Designated Nurse for LAC OCT 15.docx

This abstract provides details of a position statement issued by the Royal College Nursing which aims to clarify the roles and responsibilities of the Designated Nurse for Looked After Children and the Named Nurse for Looked After Children.

pdf Looked-after children and young people, NICE, 25 June 2014

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NICE 14 LAC and young pepole 25 Jun 14.pdf

This briefing summarises NICE's recommendations for local authorities and partner organisations on promoting the quality of life of looked-after children (including babies) and young people. It is particularly relevant to directors and executive members of children's services and to the work of health and wellbeing boards. It may also be of interest to local safeguarding boards.

document Looked after children: Knowledge, skills and competencies of health care staff (Intercollegiate role framework) ABSTRACT, Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Nursing & Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, March 2015

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RCPCH 15 LAC Intercollegiate role framework MAR 15 ABSTRACT.docx

This abstract provides details of updated 2012 guidance aimed at all groups of professionals from healthcare to non-clinical staff who could be involved with looked after children.

pdf Promoting the health and well being of looked after children:Statutory guidance for local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and NHS England, Department for Education, March 2015

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DfE 15 Promoting_the_health_and_well-being_of_looked-after_children MAR 15.pdf

This new statutory guidance issued jointly by the Department of Health and Department for Education replaces ‘Promoting the health and wellbeing of looked-after children’ issued in 2009. The guidance has been updated to reflect the NHS reforms introduced by the Health and Social Care Act 2012, as well as other policy changes such as the equal importance placed on a child's mental and emotional well-being as well as their physical health.

pdf Promoting the health and welfare of looked-after children: updated statutory guidance (Government consultation), Department for Education, 27 November 2014

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DfE 14 Promoting the health & welfare of LAC update stat guidance govn consultation 27 Nov 14.pdf

The purpose of this consultation is to seek views about draft joint statutory guidance from the Department for Education and the Department of Health on promoting the health and welfare of looked-after children. The guidance is for local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and NHS England.

pdf Promoting the health and welfare of looked-after children: updated statutory guidance (Government consultation), Department for Education, 27 November 2014

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DfE 14 Promoting the health & welfare of LAC update stat guidance govn consultation 27 Nov 14.pdf

The purpose of this consultation is to seek views about draft joint statutory guidance from the Department for Education and the Department of Health on promoting the health and welfare of looked-after children. The guidance is for local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and NHS England.

pdf Health services for children in care and care leavers, National Children's Bureau, 2013

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NCB 13 Health services for children in care and care leavers 2013.pdf

This briefing highlights key policy in relation to health services for children in care and care leavers, including developments from the 2013 health service reforms and Care Leavers Strategy.

pdf Delivering the health reforms for looked after children, National Children's Bureau, 2013

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NCB 13 Delivering the health reforms for LAC policy briefing 2013.pdf

This policy briefing explores how the reformed health system should meet the needs of looked after children and young people. It summarises the reforms commencing in April 2013 and explains the general and specific duties agencies have in relation to looked after children's health. Key considerations for the voluntary and community sector are highlighted throughout.

pdf Delivering the health reforms for looked after children, National Children's Bureau, 2013

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NCB 13 Delivering the health reforms for LAC policy briefing 2013.pdf

This policy briefing explores how the reformed health system should meet the needs of looked after children and young people. It summarises the reforms commencing in April 2013 and explains the general and specific duties agencies have in relation to looked after children's health. Key considerations for the voluntary and community sector are highlighted throughout.

document Guide to resources: Promoting the quality of life of looked-after children and young people, NICE, February 2014

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NICE 14 Guide to resources FEB 14.doc

Putting NICE guidance into practice - implementing the NICE guideline on looked-after children and young people (PH 28).

pdf Telling health staff who is in care, OFSTED, March 2014

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OFS 14 Telling health staff who is in care MAR 14.pdf

This report gives children’s views on recent proposals for information about whether a child has a child protection plan, or is in care, to be accessible to emergency and out of hours health staff through the NHS computer system.

pdf Telling health staff who is in care, OFSTED, March 2014

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OFS 14 Telling health staff who is in care MAR 14.pdf

This report gives children’s views on recent proposals for information about whether a child has a child protection plan, or is in care, to be accessible to emergency and out of hours health staff through the NHS computer system.

default The development of a designated pathway for looked after children ABSTRACT, British Dental Journal, Volume 216, 2014

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BDJ 14 The development of a designated dental pathway for LAC ABSTRACT 6 Feb 14.pdf

This abstract details research into the development and implementation of a dental care pathway for looked after children. It presents some of the challenges that providing dental care for looked after children can present.

default Anti-smoking leaflet, VOYPIC, 2010

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VOY 10 Anti-smoking leaflet.pdf

Anti-smoking leaflet developed by the participation service.

pdf Statutory guidance on promoting the health and well-being of looked after children, Department for Education, 2009

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DfE 09 Statutory guidance on promoting the health and well-being of LAC 2009.pdf

This statutory guidance was updated in 2015.  It is aimed at local authorities and the NHS and is issued to both under sections 10 and 11 of the Children Act 2004 and they must have regard to it when exercising their functions. This guidance is also issued to local authorities under section 7 of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970 and local authorities must act under it in discharging their duties to promote the health and welfare of children they look after.

default Quality standard 31 for the health and wellbeing of looked-after children & young people, NICE, April 2013

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NICE 13 Quality standard 31 Health & wellbeing of looked-after children & young people APR 13.pdf

This quality standard covers the health and wellbeing of looked-after children and young people from birth to 18 years and care leavers (including young people planning to leave care or under leaving care provisions). It applies to all settings and services working with and caring for looked-after children and young people, and care leavers, including where they live.