Last month the Child and Maternal Health Observatory (ChiMat) released an annual update of their child health profiles. The profiles, which are available at Warwickshire County level, provide a snapshot of child health and wellbeing and can be used as an evidence base in order to make improvements to child health services, by indicating any child health inequalities across the County. The profiles can be accessed here.
The Warwickshire Child Health Profile contains a useful spine chart summary which highlights areas in which Warwickshire is performing significantly better/worse than the England average. Warwickshire is performing significantly worse than the England average for indicators on breastfeeding and smoking in pregnancy. The percentage of women smoking at the time of delivery has risen from 16.7% in 2012 to 19.6% in 2013. More key findings for Warwickshire are summarised below.
- The health and wellbeing of children in Warwickshire is generally better than the England average.
- The percentage of children under 20 years of age has fallen slightly since last years figures, and there has been a small increase in the percentage of school children from black or minority ethnic groups.
- Child poverty figures have fallen by 0.4 percentage points since 2012.
- Warwickshire has consistently performed significantly better than the England average for indicators on child obesity. Despite this, the percentage of school children participating in 3 hours of sport/PE each week is significantly worse than the England average.
The full Warwickshire child health profile is available for download from the following link: Warwickshire Child Health Profile 2013