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The health of infants, children and young people in the UK has improved dramatically over the last 30 years. Many will lead happy and healthy lives, but the future health and happiness of a significant and growing number is in jeopardy. The bottom line is that the UK could do far more to improve child health and wellbeing. Particularly troubling are the stark inequalities in child health that have widened in the last five years.

The consequences to the health and prosperity of the nation from inaction in improving infant, child and young people’s health are serious. For example, a substantial number of risk factors for disease in adults are initiated in intrauterine life and infancy, and amplified in childhood and young adult life; prematurity, slow intrauterine growth, and maternal diabetes and obesity are all risk factors for poor metabolic health in adult life, and around 80% of overweight and obese children will become overweight and obese adults, reducing their lifespan and imposing an enormous burden upon our health and care services from the ravages of chronic, non-communicable disease.

We pledge to do all we can to improve and safeguard the health and wellbeing of our children, in Bradford and will work with partners to improve healthy weight gain through childhood.

How are we doing? 

  • across Bradford 35.7% of children aged 10-11 years are classified as overweight or obese, in other words over a 1 in 3 are overweight or obese.

To note:

  • children’s services within the Bradford Metropolitan District Council are currently developing a new children’s dashboard and we will use this to update this page, upon its release.
  • other data are described under other programme areas such as mental health, diabetes etc.

What we have achieved in 2016/17

Other work of the programme has included:

Children - plans over the next two years:

We have reviewed the resources that the three Bradford district and Craven CCGs contribute towards respite care for children and young people with complex health needs (both funding and nursing support).  A report with recommendations will be presented to the CCGs’ clinical boards early in 2017/18.

Over the next two years we will continue to work with service providers around the implementation of the requirements of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice 2014.  We are working with service provides and commissioners across the system to improve services for children and young people with SEND and to develop the evidence of these service improvements to inform the CQC and Ofsted joint inspection.

Following a delay in the review of children’s community nursing services, this work will be completed alongside the work to review urgent and emergency care for children and young people in 2017, allowing for the development of a new approach to children’s nursing support which covers both acute and community based care.

We will link work looking at support for children and young people with asthma to the Bradford Breathing Better programme in 2017/18, looking for opportunities to develop our links into schools and other community based settings.

Our plans for the next five years: