Guidance

Supporting public health: children, young people and families

Documents to support local authorities and providers in commissioning and delivering children's public health services aged 0 to 19 years.

Documents

Overview of the 6 early years and school aged years high impact areas

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Early years high impact area 1: transition to parenthood

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Early years high impact area 2: maternal mental health

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Early years high impact area 3: breastfeeding

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Early years high impact area 4: healthy weight, healthy nutrition

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Early years high impact area 5: managing minor illness and reducing accidents

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Early years high impact area 6: health, wellbeing and development of the child aged 2

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School aged years 5 to 19 high impact area 1: resilience and emotional wellbeing

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School aged years 5 to 19 high impact area 2: reducing risky behaviours

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School aged years 5 to 19 high impact area 3: improving lifestyles

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School aged years 5 to 19 high impact area 4: maximising learning and achievement

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School aged years 5 to 19 high impact area 5: supporting complex and additional health and wellbeing needs

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School aged years 5 to 19 high impact area 6: seamless transition and preparation for adulthood

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These documents have been updated to reflect new policy drivers and evidence. The documents identify:

  • 6 areas where health visitors have the highest impact on the health and wellbeing of children aged 0 to 5 years
  • 6 areas where school nurses have the highest impact on the health and wellbeing of school aged children aged 5 to 19 years

The high impact areas support delivery of Healthy Child Programme: pregnancy and the first 5 years of life and Healthy Child Programme: from 5 to 19 years old, and commissioning of health visitor and school nurse services to ensure seamless support across the whole 0 to 19 age range.

Download supporting infographics aimed at health visitors and school nurses for:

  • the 4-5-6 approach for health visiting and school nursing
  • helping children and families achieve their potential: the Troubled Families programme
  • improving oral health for children and young people
  • immunisation: protect, prevent, promote

Download the pathway and infographic for understanding female genital mutilation (FGM) to help midwives, health visitors, school nurses and practice nurses support women and girls at risk of or following FGM.

The documents are mainly intended for use by commissioners of health visiting and school nursing, and local authorities, to ensure that health visiting and school nursing services are commissioned effectively.

Commissioning children and young people’s public health services is the responsibility of the local authority.

Published 1 July 2014
Last updated 12 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated set of (13) documents to reflect new policy drivers and evidence.
  2. Updated high impact area guidance for early years, added documents for school aged years high impact areas and links to supporting infographics.
  3. First published.