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Tue 5th February
Next steps for children and young people’s health in England - inequalities, funding and the NHS Long Term Plan

This conference will assess the impact of government policy initiatives on the health of children and young people, and key issues for coordination and implementation.

Policymakers and key stakeholders will assess the priorities for child health in implementing the NHS Long Term Plan - looking at the allocation of funding, supporting collaboration and improving standards.

They will consider the next steps for reducing childhood obesity in England, following the Government’s plan of action for childhood obesity and with the Department of Health and Social Care having held consultations into the sale of energy drinks to children and on including calorie information on food and drink served outside the home.

We also expect discussion on priorities for reducing inequalities in children’s health in England and lessons that can be learnt from other countries to improve child health.

It follows the report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health estimating that health outcomes of children and young people in 2030 will be significantly poorer in England compared to other wealthy European and western countries, as well as recommending that NHS England develops a Children and Young People’s Health Strategy for England in order to tackle inequalities and improve progress.

The seminar will also be an opportunity to discuss children and young people’s mental health, in light of government plans for designated mental health leads in every school and college by 2025, moves to reduce waiting times and a programme of research - including into the impact of social media. It also follows the National Audit Office report, which has found that the Government has a significant way to go in achieving its ambitions for children and young people’s mental health services, due to a lack of data and slow progress on workforce expansion.

Further sessions examine the impact of integrated models of care on children and young people’s health services and the next steps for developing the children’s health workforce.

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