The Children and Young People's Health Outcomes Forum

What is the Forum?

The Children and Young People's Health Outcomes Forum are leading the development of the Children and Young People's Health Outcomes Strategy, launched by the Secretary of State for Health on 26th January 2012. The forum is co-chaired by CDC Director Christine Lenehan. The Forum has so far produced a report on children's health outcomes in England as well as a pledge for all local areas to sign up to show their support for childrens' health.

Government urges local areas to sign pledge

On 20th July 2013 the Minister for Health, Dan Poulter, wrote to local authorities across England urging all Health and Wellbeing Boards sign up to 'Better health outcomes for children and young people: our pledge.' This pledge was launched as part of the work of the Health Outcomes Forum.

The Forum's Report

The Forum submitted its final report to the Department of Health on 26th July 2012.

The Forum's report includes several key recommendations specifically relating to disabled children and young people including:

  • Improving the information that the NHS and schools capture about disabled children and young people, to support better identification and better commissioning of services.
  • Strengthening the voice of disabled children, young people and their families.
  • Ensuring every level of the NHS has clear strategic leadership for children and young people, to drive service improvement and integration of services. 

A further brief analysis of the report, produced by CDC, can be found at this link.

Read Christine's joint letter with Forum joint chair Professor Ian Lewis, Medical Director at the Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, to Secretary of State Andrew Lansley to accompany the report.

You can also listen to Christine and Ian talking about what they hope the Forum's report will achieve and how this change can be made a reality.

Supporting Documents

Theme reports

In addition to its main report, the Forum has also produced reports on specific themes:


Along with the reports above the Forum produced a pledge for all local areas to sign up to show their support for improving childrens' health outcomes. View the pledge.


The Forum has also published the first four of a range of factsheets they are producing to help children, young people and their families be effectively involved in decisions about their health care, and help organisations and individuals in different parts of the system understand whether they are meeting the needs of children and young people.


Managing My Way

A project and resources designed to help disabled young people manage their own health conditions.

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