Other young people’s health and social care related news and resources

The Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network, part of Public Health England, has published a JSNA Navigator for Children and Young People, which can be accessed at www.chimat.org.uk/jsnanavigator. The navigator aims to take users directly to the data and resources they need when conducting a joint strategic needs assessment locally for children and young people.

The Chief Medical Officer published her annual report for 2012, which can be downloaded at www.gov.uk/government/publications/chief-medical-officers-annual-report-2012-our-children-deserve-better-prevention-pays. The report illustrates the current state of child health in England by highlighting existing variation in healthcare and health outcomes for children and young people. It states that more needs to be done to improve UK children's health and recommends that inspections of education and care services put more focus on partnerships between children's and health services.

The National Children's Bureau and Council for Disabled Children have launched a new film, Talking Health, which looks at what is important to children and young people about their health. In the film children and young people talk about what helps them to stay healthy, their own experiences of using health services and make suggestions about what the Government could do to help them live healthier lives. To watch the video visit www.ncb.org.uk/health.

NICE are currently seeking applications from young people aged 16 years and over who have been looked after or adopted from care, foster carers and adoptive parents to sit on the Guideline Development Group Children's attachment. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm Thursday 31 October. For further information, including how to apply, visit www.nice.org.uk/getinvolved/joinnwc/LayMemberChildrensAttachmentGDG.jsp.

NICE has developed a quality standard for health services to ensure that young people suffering from depression receive a prompt diagnosis and age appropriate information about their condition to help them participate in shared decision making with healthcare professionals. For further information visit http://guidance.nice.org.uk/QS48.

Ofsted has published its first Social Care Annual Report, which found that children's services in England need strong and stable leadership to bring about sustained improvement in the help, care and protection of our most vulnerable young people. The report states that 40 percent of local authorities were judged to be good or better for safeguarding children but 13 percent judged inadequate for their child protection arrangements at the time of their most recent inspection. For further information visit www.ofsted.gov.uk/news/first-social-care-report-puts-spotlight-leadership.

The British Heart Foundation has published data related solely to children and young people. Designed for health professionals, medical researchers and anyone with an interest in the health of children and young people or cardiovascular disease, it is divided into three sections, congenital heart disease, medical risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease, and behavioural risk factors, and is the first coronary heart disease statistics supplement to focus on children and young people. To download the publication visit www.bhf.org.uk/publications/view-publication.aspx?ps=1002326.

A Freedom of Information request by the BBC has revealed high numbers of underage drinkers being admitted to hospital. Key points include that over the last five years, A&E departments have dealt with nearly 48,000 incidents where under-18s has been admitted for drink or drug related illnesses; and that more girls than boys are now being admitted, a reversal of the past trend.

ACE-Value toolkit is a commissioning readiness framework for children and young people's emotional wellbeing and/or mental health services. Developed in conjunction with BOND and the Evidence Based Practice Unit and funded by the Department for Education, it is comprised of a Youth Wellbeing Directory and the ACE-Value quality standards. Registration for the Youth Wellbeing Directory is now open. For further information visit http://ace-value.co.uk or email ace-v@annafreud.org.

GP Champions for Youth Health is a partnership project, led by the Association for Young People's Health with the Royal College of General Practitioners and Youth Access, which aims to transform the delivery of health services for young people through partnerships between a GP practice and a voluntary youth organisation in ten pilot areas, none of which are in the East Midlands. The project will develop a national network of GP Champions and new commissioning pathways to make local health services more young person-friendly. For further information visit www.youngpeopleshealth.org.uk/5/our-work/71/gp-champions-project.

The XES campaign aims to collect young people's stories about their experience of accessing sexual health services and show them on a map in order to influence improvements to policy and practice. Hundreds of good and bad stories have been collected over the last year and during Sexual Health Week, which took place from 16 to 22 September, thousands of posters and postcards were used by services to communicate young people's rights and to encourage them to report their experiences to the campaign. For further information visit www.wecantgobackwards.org.uk.

Launching in spring 2014, MindEd will be the UK's first e-portal to provide free advice and e-learning resources about mental health for anyone who comes into contact with children and young people, including specialist health practitioners and those working in universal services for children and young people, including faith groups and general practitioners. For further information visit www.rcpch.ac.uk/minded.

Doc Ready is a digital resource aiming to help young people to prepare and make the most out of mental health related GP visits, including what to expect during a GP consultation, what to say and how to record the outcomes of their appointments. To access the resource visit www.docready.org.

Guidance for employing young people – The Health and Safety Executive has published a range of resources and guidance on its website to help young people and those employing them understand their responsibilities with regards to their health, safety and welfare. For further information visit www.hse.gov.uk/youngpeople.