The North East and North Cumbria Child Health and Wellbeing Network works to bring organisations together to design and deliver joined-up services to provide improved outcomes for children. We are proud to be part of a small, but growing piece of work in the North East and North Cumbria that plans to make a real difference to children’s services.
The Network works with people from all sectors across the region: such as Health, Education, Local Authorities and the Voluntary and Community Sector. Working with with children, young people and their families too, we aim to make sure that our work is more able to support and have a positive impact on children, young people and their families.
Hear from the Programme Lead, Heather Corlett, about the development of the Network. Delivered in a presentation to all Finalists of the Sir Peter Carr Partnership Awards in March 2020, this presentation outlined how the Network came into being and outlines our fantastic work to date
Our impact report outlines the amazing first year of the Network.
We aim to achieve meaningful and realistic engagement with key stakeholders, including children and young people, from across the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System and into our four Integrated Care Partnerships.
This allows us to better identify what is important across our region and to bring the right people together to design and deliver the best possible services.
When the Network started, we held a number of events and carried out an extensive child health and wellbeing survey to help us develop our priorities and work plan.
We have published the survey findings for the whole system to benefit. These are split into reports reviewing the responses from professionals working with children and young people, and one including the feedback and contributions from the children, young people and family perspectives.
As we all start to move out of the Covid-19 response phase, the Network has completed another engagement exercise, reaching out across the region to review our priorities and reinvigorate our purpose.
Reports and resources from all of our engagement activities can be found in our engagement and research section.
Working with a number of passionate and innovative partners, we are delivering a number of exciting projects across the region. View our full work plan here.
For further information on any of our projects, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Network Huddles are small focused sessions with subject expert presentations and discussion in a specialist area. We have held several Huddles to date with local, national and international experts sharing their work followed by rich and fascinating discussion with Network members.
Information and resources from the network huddles can be found in the huddles section.
The Sir Peter Carr Partnership Award aims to recognise innovation and effective partnership working. We were thrilled to be 2019 finalists along with a number of other fantastic initiatives from across the country, and be recognised for our collaborative work for the benefit of local people.
Poverty Proofing Health Settings
We commissioned Children North East to prepare this report as part of the Poverty Workstream at the end of 2019, to ensure the voices of young people and families were heard, to plan and steer this work.
This report lays bare the realities facing our most vulnerable families when it comes to accessing healthcare, and we hope to address the issues and enact recommendations as the project moves into its second phase to implement change in those areas we can address.
We hope these findings also prove useful to member organisations across the region especially those highlighted in appendix C, and that adverse financial impact on our families is considered throughout decision making and planning.
The Network has committed to progress this work and raise these concerns across our region to promote awareness and action; and aim to make things easier for our most vulnerable families.
Working Together Strategy
We place Children, Young People and Families at the heart of our work and our Working Together Strategy is a key part of this, to make sure the voice of children and young people heard and meaningfully considered throughout our journey.
We hope this report also proves useful to member organisations across the region, who are looking to involve Children and Young People and include their views.
Rapid Narrative Review – The impact of COVID-19 on children and young people
This rapid narrative review considers the impacts of COVID-19 from two distinct aspects:
1. Direct impacts – following infection with SARS-CoV-2
2. Indirect impacts – from being affected by the social, economic, cultural, and psychological consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Update on our Interactive Film Project
Focusing on issues around teenage pregnancy and mental health the film features extremely talented young people from our area and will be an exciting and engaging resource for young people to explore a range of issues.
Work is still underway to create the unique and innovative final film, but we are super excited to share with you this trailer– it looks amazing! I’m sure you’re as excited as we are to see the final product!
Our next steps
The Child Health and Wellbeing Network will:
- Continue to develop a robust network membership
- Continue to develop how we work with children, young people and their families and consider a Charter
- Develop our plan
- Ensure the network framework can support delivery in our priority areas
- Become national leaders in the Long Term Plan implementation
- Set up governance to support the network with effective connections into local systems
- Deliver insightful and informative Network events –including further Huddles
- Achieve endorsement across the system for our plans
- Effectively communicate both with and about the Network including sharing best practice
We are excited to invite you to join us on our journey- for more information on becoming a member, or to hear about our projects and plans, please contact the Child Health and Wellbeing Network team via email@example.com
Follow our journey on Twitter @NorthNetChild