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Health4Families Programme (West Sussex)

The overall aim of the West Sussex Health4Families Programme (H4FP) is to improve the health outcomes for children from conception to 19 years (including up to 25 years for young people with special educational needs and disability) targeting the most vulnerable families.

Improvement in health outcomes is achieved by the integrated Children and Young People's Workforce (Integrated Prevention and Earliest Help, health, private and voluntary sector staff) delivering the H4FP; an evidenced based framework of standards drawn from government and local public health policy. The H4FP also includes locally developed Hub wide Action Plans that focus on improving locally identified public health outcomes.

The key public health strategies focus on the following areas:

  • Infant feeding - promoting Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative
  • Promoting healthy eating and maintaining a healthy weight
  • Promoting physical activity in children and young people
  • Improving the oral health of children and young people
  • Improving the emotional health and wellbeing of children
  • Improving the emotional wellbeing and resilience of young people
  • Improving perinatal mental health and the emotional health and wellbeing of parents and carers
  • Improving children's speech, language and communication
  • Promoting sexual health, reducing teenage conceptions and supporting young parents
  • Reducing alcohol and substance misuse
  • Promoting smoke free environments and smoking cessation
  • Increasing immunisation coverage for children and young people
  • Keeping safe and reducing childhood accidents
  • Promoting safer sleep to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome

Implementation of the H4FP will achieve requirements for the Healthy Child Programme, Care Quality Commission, OFSTED, School Readiness and Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative.