Decision details

2019 - 2020 Annual Public Health Report

Decision Maker: Health and Wellbeing Board

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The 2019-2020 Annual Public Health Report sets out the public health priorities for improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Sutton.


The report was presented by Clare Ridsdill - Smith Head of Public Health Integration. 

The report focused on three key priorities; school readiness, the mental wellbeing of children and young people, and supporting families and children with special educational needs. 


In debate it was highlighted that some children are impacted adversely by living in temporary accommodation, and are more likely to suffer from mental health issues as a result of this.  It was also highlighted that for some children living in low income households - there is a gap in school readiness. 

Members queried if more preventative services are required, for example if earlier speech and language therapy would make a difference and give a better outcome. 

Clare Ridsdill - Smith Head of Public Health Integration confirmed the importance of this and that it would form part of the broader review of services.  It was also suggested that there is a need to make sure that the most disadvantaged children get the required support early enough. 

It was suggested that an update be provided to the Board in the next meeting on the findings from the Perinatal survey which has been carried out by Healthwatch. The Chair requested that this agenda item should be added the forward plan.


  1. The recommendations made in the Annual Public Health report be endorsed:
  1. The London Borough of Sutton reviews operational processes to better align work between health visiting / school nursing, Early Help and children’s social care.
  2. The Sutton Health and Care partners conduct a joint children’s review to focus on improving outcomes in the three key areas of concern raised in this report
  3. The Current Outcomes-based Commissioning Reviews being conducted by LBS consider who wider services and support, including support from the voluntary sector, could be used to maximise opportunities, advice and support for children and young families in Sutton.


Report author: Imran Choudhury

Publication date: 10/07/2019

Date of decision: 24/06/2019

Decided at meeting: 24/06/2019 - Health and Wellbeing Board

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