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Early Years and Childhood

Population Outcome: Children in Suffolk and North East Essex Start Well

The best possible physical and mental health for children as they grow and develop is essential if everyone in Suffolk and North East Essex is to have the best start in life. Working in partnership with parents and children to help them grow and develop, and to be safe and supported, means children can reach their full potential.


Barometer Measure

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Immunisation Data

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Childhood Development Data

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Healthy Lifestyle Data

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Physical Health Conditions Data

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Vulnerable Children Data

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Children's Mental Health Data

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The Story Behind the Outcome

Lived Experience


Family services in communities

Healthcare for children

Waiting for diagnosis

Diagnosis and support in early years

Waiting for treatment


Healthwatch Suffolk Report - My Health Our Future

This is a programme of work exploring nearly 55,000 responses from young people about their physical and mental wellbeing in Suffolk.

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Community Asset Mapping; Children, Young People and Families

This report highlights the challenges faced by Children, Young People and families living in North-East Essex

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Children and Young Peoples Asthma Support

Healthwatch Suffolk and Healthwatch Essex worked together to capture people’s experiences of local asthma support for children and families.

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Pharmaceutical Services in Suffolk

Feedback report - Healthwatch Suffolk

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Feelings and Contexts - Understanding Key Stage 2 Children in Suffolk

Healthwatch Suffolk report explores perceptions about their world

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A Pilot Project - Exploring the Emotional Wellbeing of key stage two children in Suffolk

Healthwatch Suffolk report delivered in co-production with the Ipswich Opportunity Area

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Support after diagnosis

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Health checks for children

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Access to GPs

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Published Evidence

School Readiness

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Children With Disabilities

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Mental Health

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Children With No Recourse to Public Funds

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Further Reading

Further Information

Useful Organisations

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Our Ambition

What we know matters and why

What matters?Why?
I can develop, learn and grow healthilyI have the right to develop to my full physical, emotional, social and educational potential.

Identifying my health and care needs, including diagnosis of health conditions early, enables access to the right care and support to achieve good health and wellbeing.
I am safe and well cared forGood parenting, sensitive care and support means I am safe, well and happy, now and as an adult.

If I am looked after by the local authority, a caring home enables me to feel safe and to flourish.
I know how to look after myselfKnowing how to keep myself safe and well, and when to ask for help, means I feel more confident and supported.
I am treated as an individualTreating me and my family with dignity and respect, recognising my culture, characteristics and life circumstances, means my care and support is inclusive, sensitive and responsive to my needs.
I am seen and heardListening to me, giving me choices and as much control as possible, means I get the right care and support from the adults around me to live happily and healthily.

How will things be different in Suffolk and North East Essex

We will take time to listen to children, communicate using language that is meaningful to them.We will support children to manage the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on their health and development.
We will be curious, open and honest, involving children and their families as equal partners in all aspects of their care and development.We will co-produce high quality trauma-informed health and care services to support children and their families.
We will ensure that health, care and education services communicate well with families and with each other.We will improve access to health, care and peer support in local community settings.
We will enable children to grow up safely and well with their family.We will support children and families to maintain their health and wellbeing before, while waiting for, during and after treatment to help them stay well and recover well.
We will ensure children’s health and care needs are identified promptly and help families to ‘wait well’ for diagnosis and treatment.

Case Studies – how we are making progress across Suffolk & North East Essex

Last Updated on 29 February 2024

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