This year’s Annual Public Health Report considers the future ambitions of Sutton around improving the health and wellbeing of local children. It has a particular focus on three key priorities identified in the Sutton Health and Care Plan: school readiness, the mental wellbeing of children and young people and supporting families and children with special educational needs.
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.