The 2012 Child Health profiles, produced by the Child and Maternal Health Observatory (ChiMat) were released on 14 March 2012, according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
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.
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, which includes information on locally identified priorities
• 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.
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.
The 2012 Child Health Profiles and interactive tools are available via the ChiMat website. The Department of Health publication is also available online.
There are 150 Child Health Profiles - one for each local authority in England.
The Child Health Profiles are produced by the Child and Maternal Health Observatory (ChiMat). The profiles have been updated annually since 2011. Profiles were produced for London and Yorkshire and the Humber in 2010.
Key local organisations, including local councillors, officials in Local Government and the NHS will be notified that the 2012 profiles and interactive tools are available electronically.
The majority of information included in the profiles uses data already published separately, e.g. by the NHS Information Centre or ONS. The Child Health Profiles are unique in drawing this information together to present a picture of health in each local area.
This is the first year that the Child Health Profiles have been released as DH Official Statistics.