The best possible health underpins a child or young person’s ability to flourish, stay safe and achieve as they grow up. This in turn lays the foundations of a healthy and fulfilled adult life. Public Health has a critical role to play in improving the health and wellbeing of all children in Somerset and in reducing the health inequalities experienced by those children and their families in greatest need.
Public Health priorities for children and young people include, promoting healthy weight, preventing substance misuse, improving emotional health and wellbeing, sexual health and accident prevention and personal safety.
The County Council also has a responsibility for commissioning Public Health Nurses including School Nurses and from 2015 Health Visitors. It also commissions the mandatory National Child Measurement Programme.
The Somerset Health and Wellbeing in Learning Programme, specifically provides a resource for staff working with children and young people in a variety of settings including schools www.somersethealthinschools.co.uk