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Vulnerable children

Population Outcome: Vulnerable children in Suffolk and North East Essex have Health Equality

People in Suffolk and North East Essex should have the same opportunity of good health and wellbeing, dignity and respect regardless of their circumstances, and this should include people who have grown up in care, who currently have poorer socio-economic and health outcomes.


Risk Factors for Vulnerability in Young People

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The Story Behind the Outcome

Lived Experience


Rebecca's Story


Tackling child criminal exploitation in Essex

This report explores child criminal exploitation in Essex, through a series of conversations with children and young people affected by or identified as being at risk of CCE and professionals with experience of working to tackle CCE.

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Transition from Child to Adult Services northeast Essex

Healthwatch Essex explore people’s experiences of the transition from child to adult health, care and wellbeing services

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Published Evidence

Inequalities in mental health

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Children living with obesity

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Vulnerable young people and inequalities

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Vulnerable young people – Looked After children

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Vulnerable young people – care leavers

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Vulnerable young people – youth offending

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Vulnerable young people – child exploitation

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Further Reading

References & Further Reading

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Further Information

Useful Organisations

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Our Ambition

What we know matters to people and why

What matters?Why?
I have my vulnerability recognised and recordedRecording and using information on my experiences of disability, abuse, neglect, local authority care, or being a young carer, means that my risk of physical and mental health conditions can be identified early, and may be prevented.
I have equality of access to health and careInformation on my rights and options for care and support, shared in the right way and using the right terms and language for me, means I can make the right decisions and know what to expect from my care.

Understanding the impacts of discrimination on my health, and actively tackling the barriers I face, means I have access to the right care at the right time.

Full access to materials using the terms and language I understand, mean I can be a full partner in my care.
I receive high quality careHigh quality, culturally competent, compassionate and sensitive trauma informed care, enables me to have better outcomes for my health and wellbeing.

Regular oral and eye health checks means I can be well.

Understanding what is important to me means my needs and choices are respected and met.
I am seen and heardBeing treated with respect, not experiencing stereotypes, assumptions, bias, prejudice or discrimination, means I can have trust in the professionals who provide my treatment, care and support.

Actively listening and responding to my concerns, feelings and experiences, and giving me choice and control, means my care, and my care for others, is safe and effective.

Supporting me to have aspirations and access good education and work, means I can have a good quality of life in adulthood.

How will things be different in Suffolk and North East Essex

We will ensure recording of vulnerabilities is accurate and complete for everyone, using this information to inform evaluation of health risks and decisions on care.We will ensure Looked After children have access to health prevention support.
We will co-produce information in the languages and formats that people need, taking time to explain and making sure any information is fully understood.We will ensure care and support respects people’s lived experiences, and is
We will co-produce awareness raising and training on identifying and supporting vulnerable children; the barriers vulnerable children face; conscious and unconscious bias in health and care; culturally competent care.We will help prepare vulnerable children for a good quality of life in adulthood.
We will tackle barriers in access to, and quality of mental and physical healthcare for vulnerable children.

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

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Relevant plans and strategies


NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board
Joint Forward Plan
Start Well


Ipswich and East Suffolk
Alliance Delivery Plan

North East Essex 
Alliance Delivery Plan

West  Suffolk
Alliance Delivery Plan

Last Updated on 20 February 2024

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