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Child Health and Wellbeing Network

What we are doing

Our network brings together people from all sectors across the region, such as health, education, local authorities and the voluntary and community sector, to work with children, young people and their families to make sure our work is more able to support them and have a positive impact.

We are proud to be part of a small but growing network in the North East and North Cumbria that plans to make a real difference to children’s services.

We believe all children and young people should be given the opportunity to flourish and reach their potential, and be advantaged by organisations working together.

Information and resources

  • Increase our understanding of and reduce barriers to engaging in health from a poverty perspective.
  • Improve healthy life expectancy of children with additional needs and vulnerability.
  • Ensure our work is influenced and driven by our young people.
  • Support children to have the best start in life.
  • Positively engage with children and young people to influence feedback on the services they use.
  • Reduce asthma attendances in A&E and share best practice to improve outcomes across the region.

We place children, young people and their families at the heart of our work making sure their voice is heard and meaningfully considered throughout our journey.

See our system priorities here

Read our strategy here

Our work plan is here

Read our impact report here

The COVID-19 response has caused major disruption in health services, including child health services. This disruption has led to major changes in the delivery of services and ways of operating.

This project aimed to understand the impact of these changes on child health service delivery in the North of Scotland and the North East and North Cumbria from the perspectives of a range of child healthcare providers.

Change can offer opportunities as well as challenges; understanding what changes benefit or hinder the delivery of child health services, and what innovations can be usefully retained, is vital in order to optimise children and young people’s health and wellbeing.

You can read the report here.

The network has commissioned a resource which is freely available for all professionals and young people to use. It is a collection of data analysis and resource links to demonstrate the facts of life for children and young people growing up in the North East and North Cumbria.

This is the first publication of all 8 chapters which cover a range of issues that impact on children and young people as they grow up including poverty, illness, mental health, education and attainment. It is anticipated that further versions may be developed from this.

You can download the full report here.

You can view each chapter here.


For more information or to join our network, which is open to anyone in the child health and wellbeing system, please join here or email: England.northernchildnetwork@nhs.net

The network clinical lead is Mike McKean, programme lead is Heather Corlett and development manager is Emilia Soulsby

Follow us on Twitter: @NorthNetChild

Funding to tackle inequality for children

A partnership of the North East and North Cumbria Child Health and Wellbeing Network, NE Youth and Children North East has secured £242K from the Covid-19 Community Partnership Grants Programme North East and North Cumbria to tackle inequalities for children across the region. Working together the project has two core areas of focus to help deliver health promotion opportunities to children and young people regionally in an accessible and relevant format. Find out more about the project here.


Interactive film project

Working with William Howard School, and local film makers Trylife, we’ve created an interactive film for young people focusing on issues around teenage pregnancy and mental health.  The film involves local young people and explores a range of issues. You can view Jessica's story here.

The network was also successful in a Applied Research Collaborative Bid led by Sunderland University which will look closely at the potential behavioural impact on this work.

An evaluation study into the effectiveness of this innovative style of filming making is being undertaken and will ready soon – please take a look at the executive summary report.

Poverty proofing report

We commissioned a report into the financial barriers that exist for children and young people to attend health settings across our region.

Many of the key themes are inter-related and, taking into consideration the range of inequalities those living in poverty experience, means that those on low incomes are more likely to experience more barriers.

This report lays bare the realities facing our most vulnerable families when it comes to accessing healthcare, and we hope to address the issues and implement the recommendations as the project moves forward.

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