Wakefield is committed to supporting children and young people by providing; appropriate emotional and physical health, education and financial support and enabling them to live in safety in a free from crime environment.
The approach adopted in the Children and Young People’s JSNA 2015 is different to what has been used previously; the decision to adopt a new approach was based on feedback from stakeholders, many of whom stated that they required the summary document to provide a high level overview of the health and wellbeing status of children and young people in Wakefield and for it to clearly prioritise issues.
The recommended health and wellbeing priority areas are:
- Increasing levels of breast feeding
- Reducing levels of physical inactivity
- Improving dental health
- Improving emotional health and wellbeing
- Reducing smoking, substance and alcohol misuse.
The recommended children at risk, vulnerable groups and families priority areas are:
- Reviewing Children in Need cases to ensure they are being appropriately managed
- Reviewing cases where a child has become the subject of a child protection plan for a second or subsequent time
- Increase understanding of why there is an increase of LAC where the primary reason is family dysfunction
- Gain an insight into domestic abuse, parental substance misuse and parental mental health
- Ensure that the good multi agency partnership working that is in place to support the early identification of child sexual exploitation continues.
The recommended education, attainment and aspirations priority areas are:
- Ensuring that children and young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities continue to receive the support required for them to meet their potential
- Increasing the 2 year old uptake of free early years education
- Maintaining the high uptake of the 3 & 4 year old offer of free early years education
- Increasing the educational attainment of looked after children
- Reducing absenteeism
- Increasing the number of care leavers in employment, education or training
- Reducing the number of children missing from education.
The current iteration of our Children’s JSNA chapter can be found below.