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Day Five - Helping Children and Young People to Learn and Grow

Welcome to our final day of 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 ‘Helping Children and Young People to Learn and Grow’

Today is also #TakeoverDay A chance for young people to work with adults for a day and get involved in decision-making. If you are involved and want to share your experiences why not Tweet and let everyone involved in #PHPCYPWeek know.

Blogs coming to this site today:

  • Healthy Two Year Old: a Life Course example in the Framework for Personalised Care and Population Health - Jean Christensen, Department of Health
  • Physiotherapists: helping children and young people to meet their milestones, Ripal Patel
  • Adolescence as a life stage for early interventions, Simon Blake, Brooks
  • Increasing Physical Activity Levels in Children and Young people: What can AHPs do? Anna Lowe, Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, Sheffield Hallam University
  • New responsibilities, New opportunities for Local Government and Health Partners by Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council
  • Speech and Language Therapists working with Health Visitors to help get children ready for school Louise Butchart, Leicestershire Partnership Trust
  • Early learning for two year-olds, Julian Ward, Department for Education
  • Transition in childhood and adolescence, Anna Farrell, Haematology Clinical Nurse Specialist at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children
  • Ages and Stages Questionnaires: 3rd edition (ASQ-3TM) and parents’ contribution to the 2 year health review - Penny Crouzet, Department of Health



  • Wendy Nicholson, Professional Officer for School and Community Nursing at the Department of Health has recorded a podcast on the school nursing service and challenges for young people. Listen at
  • Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive at Public Health England, has recorded a video message. Watch it at
  • Listen to the previous podcasts by Viv Bennett on the health visitor service transformation:





Today's Webchats/Twitter Chats

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)

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:


Other useful information, links and resources

Government’s Early Education offer:

The Ages and Stages Questionnaire:

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