- In 2016/17, 36.2% of babies in Cheshire West and Chester were either fully or partially breastfed at their 6 to 8 week check [Ref32], this is an increase from 34.0% in 2015/16 but remains significantly lower than the England average (44.4% in 2016/17).
- One in five children (20.6%) in their school reception year are overweight or obese, this is significantly better than the England average of 22.6% [Ref33].
- One in three (32.7%) of children aged 10-11 (year 6) are overweight or obese, similar to England average of 34.2% [Ref34].
- An estimated 13.1% of 0-24 year olds have a mental health disorder. The most common mental health problems among children and young people are conduct disorder, emotional disorders (anxiety and depression) and ADHD/ hyperkinetic disorders [Ref35].
- An estimated 2,080 young people in Cheshire West and Chester deliberately injured themselves on 6,550 separate occasions in 2015 [Ref36].
- Within Cheshire West and Chester, there are around 2,300 children of our 0-17 population who are considered as ‘Children in Need’ and receiving services from Children’s Social Care. Rates are in line with the national average, with 338.9 per every 10,000 children in the borough being defined a Child in Need, against the England rate of 330.4 [Ref37].
- Of Cheshire West and Chester’s children in need, 251 children were on a Child Protection Plan and 485 children were within the Local Authority’s care (2016/17) [Ref37].
- Cheshire West and Chester has committed to embed common early help assessments across all local public agencies, so as to provide more joined up and consistent approach to agencies. 795 TAFs (Team around the Family) were opened by partner agencies during 2017/18, including 88 by Health and 678 by Schools. A further 595 children were opened to TAF by the Local Authority’s Early Help and Prevention Service in the same period [Ref38].
- Around a quarter of all contacts into Children’s Social Care and Early Help are for the reason of Domestic Abuse [Ref39]. This reflects the strong commitment to the model by Police, domestic abuse and adult professionals.
Ref32: Breastfeeding data 2016/17, Insight and Intelligence, Cheshire West and Chester Council
Ref33: Child excess weight in 4-5 year olds, National Child Measurement Programme - England, 2016/17 [NS], NHS digital
Ref34: Child excess weight in 10-11 year olds, National Child Measurement Programme - England, 2016/17 [NS], NHS digital
Ref35: Children and young people’s mental health (2016), Cheshire West and Chester Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
Ref36: Self-Injury JSNA (2016), Cheshire West and Chesters Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
Ref37: Local Authority Interactive Tool, accessed March 2018, Department for Education
Ref38: Team Around the Family, July 2018, Insight and Intelligence, Cheshire West and Chester Council
Ref39: Contacts into children’s Social Care and Early Help, March 2018, Insight and Intelligence, Cheshire West and Chester Council