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Giving children and young people the best start in life

Posts relating to PHE Priority 4: Giving children and young people the best start in life

Restarting public health programmes for school-aged children

Public health programmes are essential in promoting and protecting the health of school-aged children. This blog sets out the principles to consider when supporting the restart of programmes safely and effectively during the COVID-19 pandemic.

No child left behind - a public health informed approach to improving outcomes for vulnerable children

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, local government, health, education and other public services have sought to make sure that vulnerable children are protected. As we look ahead, these children and their families remain central to our public health plans and ambitions.

Health visitors: Giving our children the best possible start

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The health visiting service has been transformed in recent years to improve access, experience, outcomes and contribute to reducing health inequalities. This is the story of what's been achieved through more health visitors and renewed vision. Follow @VivJBennett or https://vivbennett.blog.gov.uk/

Using small area data for local planning on the health of children

Over the years, we in PHE have had many requests for data for small geographical areas, particularly for electoral wards. Through our work leading the National Child and Maternal (ChiMat) Health Intelligence Network we have seen that while those working …

Improving the health of vulnerable families

Improving the health of our most vulnerable families is one of the most complex, but potentially rewarding challenges we face.  However, it cannot be tackled in isolation.  It requires services to be joined up around the family, intervening at an …

Through health and high water: a young carer’s perspective

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School holidays are upon us, a time for children and young people to enjoy with friends and family, a real opportunity to play, explore and generally chill! Some young people, however, have ongoing responsibilities which may prevent or reduce the …

Encouraging safer sexual behaviour with high quality services

We know that young adults remain the age group most at risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in England. Public Health England’s latest national data show that, in 2013, 15-24 year olds experienced around two thirds of all chlamydia cases …