- When considering child health (0 - 14 years), we tend to look at two age groups, those children aged 0 - 4 years and those aged 5 - 14 years.
- Child health services are largely delivered based on developmental ages and stages.
- Auckland and Waitemata DHBs have developed a joint Child Health Improvement Plan 2012-2017 to provide a framework for activities to improve the health of children and their families.
- However, as with all plans there is a need to be flexible and adaptive so there are always new or additional elements which are incorporated.
- These generally arise from Ministry of Health directives or from recommendations made by the Auckland DHB Child Health Stakeholder Advisory Group.
- There are a broad range of factors that influence the health of children (e.g. housing, education and income).
- While these are primarily outside the health sector, they have a profound influence on health status.
- We will work across sectors in addressing health priorities such as:
- rheumatic fever
- skin sepsis
- injury prevention
- oral health
- Sudden Unexplained Death in Infancy (SUDI)
Vulnerable Children Act 2014
- The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 came into effect on 1 July 2014.
- This Act impacts frontline staff in health, education, social development, justice and police.
- The Act requires providers of services to children, or services to adults with respect to children have a Child Protection Policy in place to provide a framework to identify and manage actual and/or suspected child abuse and neglect.
- In addition, these providers will also be required to undertake new screening checks for government and community staff working with children.
- Ruth Bijl
Strategy and Planning Manager
Women, Youth & Children
P (09) 630 9943 ext 27920
M 021 280 4310