Warwickshire School Health and Wellbeing Service Annual Report 16/17: Building on success

The annual report for the Warwickshire School Health and Wellbeing Service for the 2016/17 academic year has been published. It is the second annual report since the service was launched in 2015.

The confidential service, provided by Compass, is freely available to all school-aged children and young people from 5-19 years old (up to 25 years old for people with special educational needs) and their families and carers. The report outlines how the service is continuing to develop and build on successes from the previous year. The priorities outlined in the 15/16 report were successfully delivered, with priorities for the coming year identified including:

  • the introduction of joint assessment tools and early help pathways with the Young People’s Substance Misuse Service
  • the appointment of an Emotional Health and Wellbeing Nurse to work with partners and enable early intervention in Children and Young People’s mental health
  • the development of a countywide ‘Ready for School?’ policy

Additionally, the Health Needs Assessments undertaken during the academic year 17/18 for both School Entry and Year 6 pupils have been published. This data ensures that work with schools and other health service providers enables families to access the support and help they need and identifies areas such as the number of children accessing a dentist (82.2% of Reception and 89.4% of Year 6) and the number of children who have reported attending Accident & Emergency (9.8% of Reception and 20.5% of Year 6.)

Cllr Les Caborn, WCC’s Portfolio Holder for Health, said: “We put children at the heart of all we do, and the School Health & Wellbeing Service plays a vital role in achieving positive health and wellbeing outcomes for all young people in Warwickshire. There is a lot to be proud of in its second year of delivery. By using evidence from Health Needs Assessments and feedback from service users, we are shaping our services around the real needs of our families in a collaborative approach with children, young people, schools and other partners.

“The plans for year three will further cement its ambition to provide a first class service for the children, young people and families in Warwickshire and I look forward to seeing the continued success of this important service.”

Maggie Clarke, Assistant Director of the Healthy Child Programme at Compass added: “We are looking forward to continuing our work with Warwickshire children, young people, families and schools collaboratively developing and delivering services that will make a real difference to health and wellbeing.“

For more information about the Warwickshire School Health and Wellbeing Service visit https://warwickshire.gov.uk/schoolhealthandwellbeing

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