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Children and Young People in Wiltshire

There are 30 Children's Centres in Wiltshire and their main purpose is to provide support for parents, carers and their under 5's so that all children can be happy, healthy and achieve great things in life.

Wiltshire's Children's Centre Factsheets bring together local intelligence on population & inequality, health & wellbeing and childhood obesity in one cohesive resource for each children's centre. The 2013 factsheets for each children's centre, and maps for each indicator defined by children's centre area, can be downloaded below. Many maps have not yet been updated with the most recent data. When a map is a updated it will appear in the updated list. Previous factsheets and maps can be requested.

For further information on Wiltshire Children's Centres click here.

Childrens Centre Maps

 

For further information on the data provided in the factsheets please contact:

Simon Hodsdon, Public Health Analyst, Wiltshire Council     publichealth@wiltshire.gov.uk  

Adolescent health profiles are now available for each secondary school in Wiltshire.  They have been developed by Public Health in conjunction with colleagues from Children’s Services and include information on a range of health related topics.  The profiles will help anyone working with young people in local areas to understand the needs of the local population and plan and target services in an evidence based manner.

19 indicators are presented including eligibility for free school meals, rates of youth offenders, the risk of NEET index, mode of transport to school, obese and overweight Year 6 pupils, estimations of smoking prevalence and physical activity, hospital admissions for alcohol, drug misuse, accidents and self-harm and accident & emergency hospital attendances. Maps have also been provided for many of the indicators, allowing for accessible comparisons between schools or community areas on a specific indicator.

To facilitate access to the information, hyper links have been extensively used throughout the adolescent health profiles and related maps. From a secondary school profile it is possible to select and open a specific indicator map and from an indicator map it is possible to select and open any of the secondary school profiles. In this way it is possible to reach all the information in the adolescent health profiles from a single profile or map.

When an indicator could not be given specifically for a school the community area statistic has been used instead. The community area used was based on the location of the school. It is also possible to assign a community area to a school based on the location of the majority of pupils that go to that school. If this method was used Abbeyfield, St Edmunds, Wyvern and St Joseph would contain different community area statistics. Additionally, Bradon Forest would include Swindon statistics. The table below shows this relationship change.  For these four schools, readers may wish to look at profiles for nearby schools, in addition to their own, to obtain a full picture of the local community. 

School         

Community area location of the school

Community area location of the majority of the pupils

Abbeyfield school

Calne

Chippenham

St Edmund’s Church of England girl’s school and sports college

Southern Wiltshire

Salisbury

St Joseph’s catholic school

Southern Wiltshire

Salisbury

Wyvern college

Southern Wiltshire

Salisbury

Adolescent health profiles

Adolescent health maps

For further information on the data provided in the profiles please contact:

Simon Hodsdon, Public Health Analyst, 
Email: publichealth@wiltshire.gov.uk  
Tel: 0300 003 4566

The Wiltshire Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Survey aims to develop a better understanding of Wiltshire’s children and young people’s experiences of life, both inside and outside school. The survey helps schools to identify areas for improvement and to provide evidence to influence future services provided by Wiltshire Council and their partners that improve the health and wellbeing of our young people. It was commissioned by Wiltshire Council and carried out by Foster and Brown Research Limited.

The 2017 survey was carried out in 95 schools and colleges across Wiltshire, and 9,951 pupils completed the survey from year groups 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 and 12. The questions covered a wide range of aspects, these were healthy lifestyles, learning experience, relationships, wellbeing, safety, aspirations and support requirements.

An overview report has been published with a selection of the results. A number of topic reports will be created based on elements of the survey results and these will be published throughout winter 2017/18.

The Wiltshire Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Survey aims to develop a better understanding of Wiltshire’s children and young people’s experiences of life, both inside and outside school. The survey helps schools to identify areas for improvement and to provide evidence to influence future services provided by Wiltshire Council and their partners that improve the health and wellbeing of our young people. It was commissioned by Wiltshire Council and carried out by Foster and Brown Research Limited.

The 2015 survey was carried out in 64 schools and colleges across Wiltshire, in 19 of the 20 community areas, and 6,912 pupils completed the survey from year groups 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 and 12. The questions covered a wide range of aspects, these were healthy lifestyles, learning experience, relationships, wellbeing, safety, aspirations and support requirements.

A number of topic reports have been published based on the survey results, these can be downloaded via the following links.

The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) is an annual programme which measures the height and weight of children in Reception Year (aged 4-5 years) and Year 6 (aged 10-11 years) within state maintained schools.

NCMP Wiltshire 2015/16

The key results for Wiltshire from the 2015/16 National Child Measurement Programme are:

  • Wiltshire, generally, has lower percentages of obese and/or overweight children than England or the South West.

  • However, around 1 in 5 pupils in Reception Year and 1 in 3 in Year 6 in Wiltshire were found to be obese or overweight in 2015/16.  This is equal to 1,276 children identified as overweight and 1,141 identified as obese.

  • Although levels are lower than national and regional averages, excess weight in childhood still presents a significant public health challenge to our children’s health and wellbeing because of the number of children it affects.  

This report details the analysis of the 2015/16 NCMP data for Wiltshire by Community Area, deprivation and gender.

NCMP 2011/12- 2015/16 data

A datasheet summarising the NCMP data for Wiltshire from 2011/12 to 2015/16 is available to download below.  It compares current Wiltshire figures with previous years and with the South West and England. 

NCMP Wiltshire 2014/15

The key results for Wiltshire from the 2014/15 National Child Measurement Programme are:

  • Wiltshire, generally, has lower percentages of obese and/or overweight children than England or the South West.

  • However, around 1 in 5 pupils in Reception Year and 1 in 3 in Year 6 in Wiltshire were found to be obese or overweight in 2014/15.  This is equal to 1,316 children identified as overweight and 1,050 identified as obese.

  • Although levels are lower than national and regional averages, excess weight in childhood still presents a significant public health challenge to our children’s health and wellbeing because of the number of children it affects.  

This report details the analysis of the 2014/15 NCMP data for Wiltshire by Community Area, deprivation and gender.

NCMP 2010/11- 2014/15 data

A datasheet summarising the NCMP data for Wiltshire from 2010/11 to 2014/15 is available to download below.  It compares current Wiltshire figures with previous years and with the South West and England. 

NCMP Wiltshire 2013/14

The key results for Wiltshire from the 2013/14 National Child Measurement Programme are:

  • Wiltshire, generally, has lower percentages of obese and/or overweight children than England or the South West.

  • However, around 1 in 5 pupils in Reception Year and 1 in 3 in Year 6 in Wiltshire were found to be obese or overweight in 2012/13.  Equivalent to 1,178 obese and 1,224 overweight children across the county.

  • Though rates of overweight and obesity in Reception Year children appear to be starting to stabilise it is too early to say if this is a sustained improvement - as the improvements to date are small.

 

NCMP 2006/07- 2013/14 data

A datasheet summarising the NCMP data for Wiltshire from 2006/07 to 2013/14 is available to download below.  It compares current Wiltshire figures with previous years and with the South West and England. 

Childhood Obesity: 2011/12-2013/14 Wiltshire small area analysis

This report details the analysis of the 2011/12 to 2013/14 NCMP data for Wiltshire by Community Area, Children's Centre, deprivation and gender.

NCMP Wiltshire 2012/13

The key results for Wiltshire from the 2012/13 National Child Measurement Programme are:

  • Wiltshire, generally, has lower percentages of obese and/or overweight children than England or the South West.

  • However, around 1 in 5 pupils in Reception Year and 1 in 3 in Year 6 in Wiltshire were found to be obese or overweight in 2012/13.  Equivalent to 1,053 obese and 1,247 overweight children across the county.

  • Though rates of overweight and obesity in Reception Year children appear to be starting to stabilise it is too early to say if this is a sustained improvement - as the improvements to date are small.

  • Some areas within Wiltshire experience notably higher percentages of obese and/or overweight children than the Wiltshire percentage.  For Reception Year children these include Melksham Community Area and for Year 6 Trowbridge Community Area. 

 

NCMP 2006/07- 2012/13 data

A datasheet summarising the NCMP data for Wiltshire from 2006/07 to 2012/13 is available to download below.  It compares current Wiltshire figures with previous years and with the South West and England. 

Navigation of the worksheet is by use of the links on the contents page and the "return to contents page" link in cell A1 on each sheet.

The national NCMP report and data tables are available from the Information Centre website 

The National Obesity Observatory has produced an interactive atlas to explore the NCMP figures and other obesity related data: http://www.sepho.org.uk/noo/NCMP/single/atlas.html

Childhood Obesity: 2010/11-2012/13 Wiltshire small area analysis

This report details the analysis of the 2010/11 to 2012/13 NCMP data for Wiltshire by Community Area, Children's Centre, deprivation and gender.

Childhood Obesity: Community area Information Pack

This datapack is designed to supplement the information provided in the Childhood Obesity: 2010/11-2012/13 Wiltshire small area analysis.  It contains all the Wiltshire NCMP data from 2007/08 to 2011/12 inclusive, presented as four interactive spreadsheets:

  • Spine Chart - allowing users to view a spine chart of all indicators for each Community Area.

  • Bar Chart - allowing users to look at a specific indicator, and to compare the data across Community Areas.

  • Scatter Plot - allowing users to explore the correlation between any 2 indicators by Community Area.

  • Trend Chart - allowing users to explore the trends over time for a Community Area for a single indicator.

 

Contacts

For further information on the data provided in these documents please contact:

  • Simon Hodsdon, Public Health Analyst, Wiltshire Council

For general information on the NCMP and childhood obesity programmes in Wiltshire please contact:

  • Mike Jones, Health Promotion, Wiltshire Council

Email publichealth@wiltshire.gov.uk

NCMP Wiltshire 2011-12

The key results for Wiltshire from the 2011/12 National Child Measurement Programme are:

  • Wiltshire, generally, has lower percentages of obese and/or overweight children than England or the South West.

  • However, around 1 in 5 pupils in Reception Year and 1 in 3 in Year 6 in Wiltshire were found to be obese or overweight in 2011/12.  Equivalent to 1,042 obese and 1,217 overweight children across the county.

  • Though rates of overweight and obesity in Reception Year children appear to be starting to stabilise it is too early to say if this is a sustained improvement - as the improvements to date are small.

  • Some areas within Wiltshire experience notably higher percentages of obese and/or overweight children than the Wiltshire percentage.  For Reception Year children these are Melksham and Westbury Community Areas and for Year 6 Salisbury Community Area.

  • More deprived areas of the county have higher rates of overweight and obesity than the more affluent areas.

 

NCMP 2011/12 data

A datasheet summarising the Wiltshire NCMP data for 2011/12 is available to download below.  It compares current Wiltshire figures with previous years and with the South West and England.

Navigation of the worksheet is by use of the links on the contents page and the "return to contents page" link in cell A1 on each sheet.

The raw data is presented in tables in the "Data" sheet at the end of the workbook.  Please do not use the "table data" sheet as this is specifically to feed the graphs and therefore not user friendly.  The "data" sheet contains commentary in rows 42 to 46 for each statistic explaining the changes and how Wiltshire compares and highlighting any statistically significant results - a shortened version appears on each graph.

The national NCMP report and data tables are available from the Information Centre website 

The National Obesity Observatory has produced an interactive atlas to explore the NCMP figures and other obesity related data: http://www.sepho.org.uk/noo/NCMP/single/atlas.html

Wiltshire small area analyses: 2011/12

This report details the analysis of the 2009/10 to 2011/12 NCMP data for Wiltshire by Community Area, Children's Centre, deprivation and gender.

NCMP Community Area Information Pack

This datapack is designed to supplement the information provided in the NCMP 2011-12 Small Area Analysis.  It contains all the Wiltshire NCMP data from 2007/08 to 2011/12 inclusive, presented as four interactive spreadsheets:

  • Spine Chart - allowing users to view a spine chart of all indicators for each Community Area.

  • Bar Chart - allowing users to look at a specific indicator, and to compare the data across Community Areas.

  • Scatter Plot - allowing users to explore the correlation between any 2 indicators by Community Area.

  • Trend Chart - allowing users to explore the trends over time for a Community Area for a single indicator.

Please note the interactive spreadsheet will not function unless Excel macros are enabled.

Contacts

For further information on the data provided in these documents please contact:

  • Tom Frost, Public Health Scientist, NHS Wiltshire

For general information on the NCMP and childhood obesity programmes in Wiltshire please contact:

  • Mike Jones, Health Promotion, NHS Wiltshire

Email publichealth@wiltshire.gov.uk or phone 0300 003 4566

Reducing child poverty has been a government target for many years. The Child Poverty Act, which commits this and future governments to eradicating child poverty by 2020, received Royal Assent in March 2010 tasking local areas to produce a child poverty needs assessment and strategy. This strategy document fulfils that requirement.

Under part 2 of the 2010 Child Poverty Act, Local Authorities and named partner authorities have a duty to cooperate to reduce and mitigate the effects of child poverty in their local areas. A local child poverty needs assessment must be produced to understand the characteristics of low income and disadvantaged families in the area. It should also include identification of the key drivers to address these needs, which will inform the development of a local child poverty reduction strategy.

This needs assessment and related strategy were produced in draft and consulted on for three months before being finalised.

The Department for Work and Pensions commissioned a report into the poverty gap among children in the UK. The purpose of this paper is to use poverty gap analysis to explore the depth of poverty experienced by children of low-income families in the UK.

Contact

For more information about these assessments, please contact:

Performance Management and Co-ordination, Department for Children and Education, Wiltshire Council, County Hall, Trowbridge, BA14 8JN

In October 2010, NHS Wiltshire conducted a Vulnerable Families Survey by asking Health Visitors to complete a survey form on every family in their caseload. They were asked to report on 34 different factors and data was collected on almost 20,000 families.

Two reports based on data from this survey have been revised and re-issued since it has come to light that one GP practice was assigned to the incorrect health visiting team.

Overall Report: An overview of all the information (Revised June 2011)

Health Visitor Team Report: Analysis of data by Health Visitor Teams (Revised June 2011)

Community Area Report: Analysis of data according to Wiltshire’s 20 Community Area

 

Contact

For further information about these reports, please contact:

Simon Hodsdon, Public Health Analyst, Wiltshire Council

publichealth@wiltshire.gov.uk

Breastfeeding has a key role to play in keeping adults and children well, optimising their health and reducing inequalities. Breastfeeding can make a major contribution to an infant’s health and development, especially if sustained exclusively for the first six months of life, and is associated with better health outcomes for the mother.

The Breastfeeding annual report provides a comprehensive assessment of breastfeeding in Wiltshire using both local and national data. Wiltshire level, regional and national trends are reported on a quarterly basis. Sub-Wiltshire analysis is reported by deprivation quintile, age of mother, hospital provider, Clinical Commissioning Group, Community Area and Children’s Centre area. Some key facts taken from the 2014/15 report include:

  • Wiltshire has a higher breastfeeding initiation rate compared with the South-West as a region, and England as a whole. This higher rate has been maintained since 2007/08.

  • Wiltshire’s 6-8 week breastfeeding rate has risen slightly in 2014/15 to 49.4%. This is higher than the South West regional average (48.3%) and the England value (44.7%).

  • Wiltshire’s drop-off rate has decreased in 2014/15 to 38.3% from 41.3% in 2012/13, while the South West increased to 38.9% and the England rate has increased to around 41%. The Wiltshire rate is affected by high breastfeeding initiation rates.

The Breastfeeding 2014/15 annual data report can be downloaded here:

This survey funded by NHS Wiltshire involved 2330 children from 32 Wiltshire schools.  The results include information about a wide range of topics from how much pocket money children get and what they spend it on, to people they would turn to if they had concerns or problems.

The results confirm that Wiltshire is largely a healthy county and we continue to see various long term positive trends as well as highlighting some areas for further improvement.

This year, as well as the main summary, there are 3 additional summary reports to help further analyse our local data (Emotional wellbeing, Smoking, alcohol and other drug use & Healthy Weight).  All reports and the data tables can be accessed here.

Some notable points:

  • Significantly more primary children in Wiltshire eat fresh fruit than nationally.

  • We have seen a continued decline in young people using all drugs, with significant recent falls in secondary age pupils reporting excessive drinking (significantly lower drunkenness than the national sample).

  • There has been an increase (by 7%) of secondary school pupils who feel that their school takes bullying seriously since 2008.

  • Fear of bullying amongst primary school pupils (year 6) has risen by 6% since 2008 (higher than the national sample) although bullying incidents haven’t (they have fallen slightly) and are lower than the national comparison sample.

  • Wiltshire Secondary school pupils are less likely to know about sexual health services near to them, than the national sample.

  • Time spent by Year 8s playing computer games for more than 3 hours in the evening before the survey has doubled to 31% since 2008.

  • More primary school children worry about family problems and are less likely to clean their teeth than a national sample.

The Children and Young People's Substance Misuse Needs Assessment for Wiltshire aims to examine what needs and harms exist within different groups and make evidence-based and ethical decisions on how needs might be most effectively met within available resources. The assessment is used to inform the Wiltshire Children and Young People's Substance Misuse Strategy.
Contact

For more information, please contact:

Emma Joy, Prevention Project Worker, Wiltshire Services for Young People

emma.joy@wiltshire.gov.uk      Tel. 01225 713460

The Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Profiles online tool was launched by Public Health England on 7th October 2014.  It collates and analyses a wide range of publicly available data and has been developed to foster an intelligence led approach to the commissioning, provision and planning of services that support children and young people with, or vulnerable to, mental illness.

The profiles are available on the Public Health England Website and a total of 81 indicators are included under the headings of Risk, Prevalence, Health, Social Care and Education.  Within this, indicators are grouped by geography (predominantly Local Authority but also Clinical Commissioning Group) and then ordered by topic.

The Wiltshire profile is available to download here:

Hidden Harm is an important area for Wiltshire Council and partners to consider due to the complex, significant and wide ranging issues and harms associated with problematic parental alcohol and drug use. One of the key issues for us locally is a lack of understanding of the size of the problem, we do not know how many children and / or parents are affected by virtue of the fact that much of the problematic substance use by parents that occurs is ‘hidden.’

This Hidden Harm Needs Assessment attempts to set out a series of measures to describe the level of monitoring and understanding locally; the breadth of information and the potential future levels of Hidden Harm in Wiltshire in order to raise the issue in Wiltshire, stimulate discussion and inform further refinement of the protocol and implementation of the strategy.

The Childcare Act 2006 placed a duty on local authorities to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the provision of sufficient childcare to meet the requirements of parents in their area in order to enable them to work or undertake education or training leading to work. Authorities were required to undertake an assessment of sufficiency in their areas, and the assessment for Wiltshire can be accessed by clicking here.

A Child Health Profile has been developed for each local authority in England.  These provide a snapshot of child health and well-being in each local area.  They are designed to help improve health and well-being outcomes for children and tackle inequalities by giving easy to digest information about the current picture in the local area.

Each profile is available as a 4-page PDF report which can be easily downloaded and printed.  Updated annually, each report includes a snapshot of performance against 32 selected indicators compared with the rest of England; analysis and key findings about the situation local authority.

The Wiltshire profile for 2015, 2014 and 2013 is available to download:

Further information, including interactive profiles allowing comparisons with other areas, are available from the Chimat website.

The Benchmarking Tool, developed by the Child and Maternal (ChiMat) Health Intelligence Network, presents a selection of indicators that are most relevant to the health and wellbeing of children and young people in an easily accessible way to support local decision making.

The Benchmarking Tool brings together and builds upon health outcome data from the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) and the NHS Outcomes Framework (NHS OF). Indicators relating to children and young people already published within these Outcomes Frameworks have been included in the initial release.  As they are updated, the changes will be reflected in the Benchmarking Tool.  The Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum also recommended a number of important additional indicators and increased detail for some existing indicators.  Development of additional indicators will be considered as part of the formal refresh processes for the NHS OF and PHOF.  Supplementary information will be added as relevant data become available and a development schedule will be published shortly. Data will be made available at both local authority and clinical commissioning group level where possible.  

The Children and Young People’s Benchmarking Tool is designed to help inform local discussions and encourage improvements in services and health outcomes for children and young people.

NHS England and the Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network have developed a health profile of public health outcomes relating to early years (children aged 0-5 years).

The Early Years Profiles are designed to help commissioners and providers of health visiting services to assess the priorities for and outcomes of the transformation of health visiting services in line with the Health visitor implementation plan 2011-15. Please be aware either a version of internet explorer 9 or younger or a different web browser such as Firefox or Safari need to be used to be able to view the profiles.

Using the profiles, you can see at a glance how your local area performs against key indicators. You can also compare the data with other local authorities and nationally. Baseline and trend information are provided where available.

guide to the Early Years Profiles has been produced to help you interpret the data presented in the Early Years Profiles and use it to develop evidence-based actions to improve outcomes for children and their families.

Tomorrow’s Voice Summer 2012 report

Tomorrow’s Voice consults with young people aged 11-18 using classes in Wiltshire’s secondary schools.  The TV Summer 2012 report is now available. This report includes a lot of health and wellbeing questions on the following subjects:

  • Drinking alcohol (e.g. a quarter of the young people (24.3%) said that they had had an alcoholic drink in the last 7 days)

  • Healthy eating (e.g. 33.3% agreed that they should probably eat more fruit)

  • Smoking ban (e.g. 70.4% thought it should be banned in public parks and playgrounds)

  • Sun safety (e.g. 32% agreed that Wiltshire doesn't get hot enough to mean you need sun cream)

  • Immunisations (e.g. 40% of those who might not want to have an immunisation injection said it was because they were scared of needles)

  • No Worries! (e.g. 31% had heard of the No Worries scheme where you can go to get advice on sexual health, free contraception and Chlamydia testing)

  • LGBT (e.g. around ¾ of respondents said that if a friend told them they were gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender it would NOT change their friendship).

Some questions are very similar to those asked of adults in the What Matters to You survey and the results have been compared.

5 a day

41% of adults try and eat the recommended amount compared to 30% of young people.  33% of young people thought they should eat more fruit and 23% more veg compared to 16% and 12% of adults. 57% of adults said they were happy with the amount they eat and don’t need reminding compared to 43% of young people.

Banning smoking

Only 12% of young people didn’t want smoking banned anywhere else compared to 25% of adults.  However, there were differences in the places the different age groups most wanted a ban:

  • Privately owned cars – 28% of young people v 27% adults

  • Outdoor sporting events – 51% of young people v 33% adults

  • Outside schools – 64% of young people v 56% adults (quite similar)

  • Houses where children live – 70% of young people v 51% adults

Public parks and playgrounds - 70% of young people v 41% adults (biggest difference)

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