Children and young people focus of West Sussex health meeting

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The health and wellbeing of children and young people in West Sussex is the focus for the next meeting of the West Sussex Health and Wellbeing Board.

The Board meets on Thursday (October 16) at 2pm, in Committee Room 3 at County Hall in Chichester.

The Board will assess how well health and social care are working together for the benefit of young people, and will look at where improvements could be made.

Issues under review include the mental and physical health of children and young people, making sure families receive the support they need, making sure children are safe and secure and that they are ready for school and school leavers are ready to work.

The Board will also hear first-hand from a parent caring for a child with special educational needs as well as evidence from Healthwatch West Sussex, the independent consumer champion for health and social care.

Board Chairman Christine Field said: “It is essential that children and young people – and their families – are able to live healthy and fulfilled lives.

“We need to help them make the right choices in life, and have access to the right services and support to do this. If there is more that we can do then we want to identify those areas and ensure they are addressed.”

The Health and Wellbeing Board is made up of councillors, GPs, health and social care officials and representatives of patients and the public. Its role is to lead and advise on work to improve the health and wellbeing of the population of West Sussex through the development of improved and integrated health and social care services.

To find out more and to see the agenda, visit the Health and Wellbeing Board web pages on the West Sussex County Council website.