Have your say on children’s and young people’s public health services

PR 4947
18 May 2015

Wakefield Council has launched a consultation to ask people their thoughts on the future of public health services for children and young people, aged from birth to 19 years old.

From October, the Council will be taking responsibility for public health services for under-fives from NHS England. The Council is already responsible for public health services for children aged five to 19 years old.

The transferred services will include health visiting services and family nurse partnership services, which supports young parents under the age of 19 from pregnancy until the child is two. These services help Wakefield to care for children and families and to improve health and wellbeing, such as by improving children’s health and development and reducing maternal smoking.

Cllr Olivia Rowley Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “As services are due to transfer to the Council in autumn, this is an excellent time to hear people’s views about the kind of services they want to see in our district.

“We will use the information to work with the NHS, to reshape services to help meet the needs of children and young people in Wakefield district and their families.”

There are no proposed cuts to any public health services for children and young people.

The consultation is open until July 20 and consultation sessions are taking place in venues across the district.

For more information on the dates and venues for the consultation sessions and to fill in a questionnaire visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/cphs. People can also pick up a questionnaire at their local library, Children’s Centre or Early Help Hub.