Child Health Profiles
Child Health Profiles provide a snapshot of child health and well-being for each local authority in England using key health indicators, enabling comparison locally, regionally and nationally. They are produced by the Child and Maternal Health Observatory (ChiMat), part of Public Health England. They complement the local Health Profiles which focus on broader public health issues.
The 2017 profile for Somerset is available below.
Key findings for Somerset:
- The health and wellbeing of children in Somerset is mixed compared with the England average. Infant and child mortality rates are similar to the England average.
- The level of child poverty is better than the England average with 15.3% of children aged under 16 years living in poverty. The rate of family homelessness is better than the England average.
- Children in Somerset have better than average levels of obesity: 8.4% of children aged 4-5 years and 15.3% of children aged 10-11 years are classified as obese.
- In 2015/16, children were admitted for mental health conditions at a higher rate to that in England as a whole. The rate of inpatient admissions during the same period because of self-harm was higher than the England average.
- The rate at which children and young people were killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents is lower than the England average. 27 children were killed or seriously injured on the roads in 2013-2015.
Profiles for every top level local authority in England are available from the Public Health England website.
Early Years profiles (age 0 to 5)
ChiMat have developed a health profile of fifteen public health outcomes relating to early years (children aged 0-5 years). These can be viewed for Somerset and other local authorities on the Public Health England website.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
In October 2014, Public Health England (PHE) launched an interactive Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing Profilng tool. This features, for each upper-tier authority in England, a wide range of publically available data on risk, prevalence and detail (including cost data) on those services that support children with, or vulnerable to, mental illness. It enables the user to compare Somerset with neighbouring authorities, the South West and England averages.
Health Behaviours amongst 15 year-olds
To fill gaps in knowledge about health and wellbeing of teenagers, the Department of Health commissioned the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) to carry out the What About YOUth? study in 2014. Results are available in profile form for Somerset and other areas on the Public Health England website.
A summary of results for Somerset are available to download below:-