New publications on partnership working

Two new publications and the Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum provide significant opportunities for partnership working on child safety.

As the new public health system moves forward, it’s important to make the most of every opportunity to influence the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. At national level, the Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum is engaging with children, young people and their parents, as well as carers, wider families and professionals about the health outcomes that matter most to them.

For local commissioners and service providers who want to involve and hear the voices of children and young people themselves, a new suite of guidance has been produced by the National Youth Agency (NYA) and the Local Government Association (LGA) as part of their joint “Routes to success” programme.

A Practical Guide to Commissioning Services for Young People contains information to support organisations at the different stages of the commissioning process. The guide includes:

  • needs analysis
  • business case appraisal
  • outcomes based specifications
  • guidance for elected members and involving young people in commissioning.

Download the guide

Health and wellbeing boards

Health and wellbeing boards (HWBs) will be the focus for local decision-making and planning to take forward Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) and the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy as the framework for action. With hospital admissions due to unintentional injury among under 18s included within the Public Health Outcomes Framework, it’s even more important for practitioners to understand how this vital partnership role is developing in their area and to engage locally with the process of change.

King’s Fund research

New survey-based research by The King’s Fund provides insights into the progress of local authorities and health partners in implementing HWBs. The research identifies lessons that could be learned for the future including the need for strong working relationships and a high level of commitment, the challenges of assessing impact and success including the use of measures such as health inequalities and emergency hospital admissions, and the shift towards a more preventative approach. Health and wellbeing boards: System leaders or talking shops? found that many local authorities: “are still thinking through how the new board will dovetail with other valued local structures such as children’s trusts and safeguarding boards.”

Download the report

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Updated May 2012