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Day Four - Supporting Families, Children and Young People to Have a Voice and to be in Control of Their Well-Being

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Welcome to day four our week on helping families and giving children and young people the best start to life.

This short blog is to provide a pointer for what we have coming up today and some things you may want to book for later in the week but as this is a week of ‘action’ we would also like to encourage you to use the week as an opportunity to post details on what you are doing, to share successes or make a pledge to do something that ensures children and young people are at the heart of what we do.

Our Twitter hashtag for this week is #PHPCYPWeek (Population Health Practice/Practitioners Children and Young People Week), so please try to use it and get us trending.

Today’s theme is ‘Supporting Families, Children and Young People to Have a Voice and to be in Control of Their Well-Being

As today is about supporting people to have a voice we have blogs from some parents and the children’s advisory group to the Children’s Commissioner and we will also be doing some on-the-spot podcasting (technology permitting!) from the Young Carers' Celebration event.

Today is also United Nation's Universal Children's Day. Find out more at    and here are some inspiring quotes

Blogs coming to this site today:

  • What We Say We Need, Amplify and Maggie Atkinson, Children’s Commission for England
  • Power to the Parents- Tom Bachofner, (Hosted at
  • With Love to NHS Learning Disability Nurses, Hayley Goleniowska, (Hosted at
  • Helping Disabled Children Prepare for School, Dame Philippa Russell
  • Integrating services from conception to age 5yrs, Carey Oppenheim, Early Intervention Foundation
  • DIY Health, Susan Crane and Caroletha Irish, University College London
  • Engaging Children and Young People – Elizabeth Harding, British Youth Council
  • A Badge Mission today keeps the doctor away - Sharon Middleton, MakeWaves
  • A day in the life of a community children’s nurse by Claire Woods Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust
  • Disability Matters, Layla Brokenbrow, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Occupational Therapist: facilitating and supporting children to be able to self-manage their difficulties by Karin BishopSupporting parents to be the best they can: The Start4Life Information Service for Parents and CANparent - Clare Sandling, Department of Health (hosted by Nursing Times)
  • No Decision About Me, Without Me– Doris Corkin
  • Early Intervention Services in Oxfordshire, Jean Christensen, Department of Health





Today's Webchats/Twitter Chats

Thursday, 20th Nov

  • 8.00-9.00pm Getting it right for our children and young people - @WeNurses Twitterchat

(Join on the night. Details will appear at )

PHE Facebook Page

During the week we will be posting some infographics on this page.


  • We'll be drip-feeding throughout the day a range of facts relating to the importance of physical activity and the impact of inactivity on population health @VivJBennett

Professional Journals

Keep your eyes open for related articles appearing in professional journals during the week or on their websites (some journals will be subscription/membership access only). Articles appearing on today’s theme include Maternal Mental Health – Postnatal Depression, the importance of breastfeeding for emotional well-being, health visitors and school nurses supporting asylum seekers, the impact of specialist health visitors for homeless and vulnerable families.

Nursing & Midwifery


  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy - Frontline
  • College of Occupational Therapists - OT News
  • The British Dietetics Association - Dietetics Today
  • Royal College of Speech and Language Therapist - Bulletin


Things to plan for the rest of the week:

Friday, 21st Nov

  • 12.00-1.00pm Special Educational Needs Reforms webinar – hosted by Lynne Watson, Fellow of Institute of Health Visiting, and Wendy Nicholson, School and Community Nursing Professional Lead, Department of Health

(To book a place please e-mail quoting FRI1)


Other useful information, links and resources

Published this week: Child Health Profile – England shows national trends in issues affecting child health & wellbeing

British Youth Council:

Start4Life Information Service for Parents:

CANparent offers online and group classes across the country, while continuing to do focused work in the trial areas of High Peak, Camden, Bristol and Middlesbrough. To consider commissioning parenting classes from CANparent providers or to raise awareness of CANparent with expectant and or new parents, visit or call 0808 800 1102.

Early Intervention Foundation:

Family Nurse Partnership:


Disability Matters:

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