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Health visitor numbers 'below safe level'

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

12 November 2018

The number of health visitors in England has fallen below safe levels since responsibility for commissioning services switched from the NHS to local authorities, the Institute of Health Visiting (IHV) has warned.

The children's commissioner for England is to investigate alleged abuse and maltreatment of children and young people with learning disabilities and autism in NHS-funded secure units.

A total of £85m will be handed to 20 local authorities struggling with high or rising numbers of children in care, Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced.

There has been a steep rise in the number of young people aged 18 or under arriving at accident and emergency (A&E) departments in England with psychiatric conditions, it has emerged.

Speech and language campaigners have expressed "grave concerns" that the government is failing to support many children with speech, language and communications needs (SLCN), 10 years after the landmark Bercow Review on the issue.

The number of suicides among children who are either in care or are known to social services as being at risk of abuse or neglect has increased by more than 30 per cent in the last year, it has emerged.

An additional £3.2bn a year is required to reverse the impact of government cuts to the public health grant, which includes spending on health visitors and children's health services, and ensure that it is re-allocated according to need, a study has found.

Local authority-run nurseries that often specialise in support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) could be forced to close due to planned funding cuts, councils are warning.

A third of secondary school pupils are suffering from mental health problems, a survey by Action for Children has found.

Labour pledges to boost health visitor numbers

By Neil Puffett |

18 October 2018

Labour will ensure there are more health visitors recruited across England if it wins the next general election, shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth has said.