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In-depth analysis of NCMP by Bolton Council Public Health Intelligence Team


  • Approximately 1 in 10 Reception children and 1 in 5 Year 6 children in Bolton are classified as very overweight
  • 22.8% of Reception aged children and 34.3% of Year 6 children are either overweight or very overweight
  • The proportion of very overweight children more than doubles between Reception and Year 6
  • Boys in Bolton are more likely to be overweight or very overweight than girls
  • Asian children (especially Asian Indian) in Bolton are more likely to be underweight than the other major ethnic group. This proportion increases 3% from Reception (4.4%) to Year 6 (7.4%)
  • The ethnic profile of the child population in Bolton plays a role in the prevalence of obesity as does the geographical distribution
  • The association between deprivation and childhood obesity prevalence seen nationally is not so clear in Bolton
  • The proportion of underweight children is higher in areas of Bolton that are considered to be more deprived



The 8 principles in this document are informed by evidence and practitioner feedback about what works, and if applied consistently and comprehensively will contribute towards helping protect and promote student emotional health and wellbeing (H&W). The document signposts to Ofsted inspection criteria, practice examples and resources to support implementation.

The document may also be of interest to:

  • school and college governing bodies
  • staff working in education settings
  • school nurses
  • local public health teams
  • academy chains
  • others with a role of promoting Health & Wellbeing of children and learners

This report can be accessed by clicking here:

The 2013 Children’s Dental Health (CDH) Survey, commissioned by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, is the fifth in a series of national children’s dental health surveys that have been carried out every ten years since 1973.

The 2013 survey provides statistical estimates on the dental health of 5, 8, 12 and 15 year old children in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, using data collected during dental examinations conducted in schools on a random sample of children by NHS dentists and nurses. The survey measures changes in oral health since the last survey in 2003, and provides information on the distribution and severity of oral diseases and conditions in 2013.

The survey oversampled schools with high rates of free school meal eligibility to enable comparison of children from lower income families* (children eligible for free school meals in 2013) with other children of the same age, in terms of their oral health, and related perceptions and behaviours*.

The 2013 survey dental examination was extended so that tooth decay (dental caries) could be measured across a range of detection thresholds. This reflects the way in which the detection and management of tooth decay has evolved towards more preventive approaches to care, rather than just providing treatment for disease. This survey provides estimates for dental decay across the continuum of caries, including both restorative and preventive care needs*.

Complementary information on the children's experiences, perceptions and behaviours relevant to their oral health was collected from parents and 12 and 15 year old children using self-completion questionnaires. The self-completion questionnaire for older children was introduced for the 2013 survey.

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‘Future in mind – promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing’ makes a number of proposals the government wishes to see by 2020. These include:

  • tackling stigma and improving attitudes to mental illness
  • introducing more access and waiting time standards for services
  • establishing ‘one stop shop’ support services in the community
  • improving access for children and young people who are particularly vulnerable

The report sets out how much of this can be achieved through better working between the NHS, local authorities, voluntary and community services, schools and other local services. It also makes it clear that many of these changes can be achieved by working differently, rather than needing significant investment.

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These toolkits are a collaboration between the Royal College of Nursing and Public Health England

They are primarily for nurses who work with children and young people, whether in community or hospital settings, including:

  • school nurses
  • practice nurses
  • accident and emergency nurses

These toolkits aim to:

  • develop skills and knowledge and recognise the wider context of mental health in relation to LGBT sexual orientation and identity.
  • provide a general outline for health professionals looking to increase their skills and knowledge around suicide prevention strategies with LGBT young people

This resource can be accessed by clicking here:

These stories from health visitors and service-users demonstrate the work and benefits of the transformed health visiting service. The service offers 4 levels of support depending on need, 5 universal reviews at key points in a child’s life and 6 high impact areas where health visitors make the biggest difference.

These examples are structured under the 6 high impact areas, which are:

  • transition to parenthood
  • maternal mental health
  • breastfeeding
  • healthy weight and nutrition
  • managing minor illness and preventing accidents
  • the two year review.

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The Young People's Profiles allow areas to see how they perform against the national average and against other local areas when considering the key public health outcomes for young people. Baseline and trend information are provided where available. The Young People’s Profiles support Public Health England’s report, Improving young people’s health and wellbeing: a framework for public health which gives practical support to councillors, health and wellbeing boards, commissioners, and service providers.

The Young People's Profiles are displayed in four views:

The following guide shows you how to use the tool and explains its various features: Quick guide to using Young People's Profiles

The whole resource can be accessed by clicking here:

The Framework has been developed as a resource to enable local areas in the delivery of their public health role for young people. It poses questions for councillors, health and wellbeing boards, commissioners, providers and education and learning settings to help them support young people to be healthy and to improve outcomes for young people.

It focuses on 6 inter-connected principles, the core one being: Relationships with friends and family and a sense of belonging, are central to young people’s health and wellbeing; which is linked to the other five:

  • Accessing young people friendly services
  • Understanding young people’s changing health needs as they develop
  • Integrated services that meet needs holistically and that are centred on young people
  • Reduce health inequalities for those most in need by providing targeted services
  • A positive focus on what makes young people feel well and able to cope

The resource can be accessed by clicking here: 

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a terrible crime with destructive and far reaching consequences for victims, their families, and society. It is not limited to any particular geography, ethnic or social background, and all councils should assume that CSE is happening in their area and take proactive action to prevent it.

This is not just a job for the lead member for children's services or the local director of children's services. This pack is aimed at elected members at all levels. We all have a role to play in keeping children safe, and councils cannot stamp out CSE without the help of the wider community. Councillors have a key role to play in this, and should not be afraid to raise these issues within the communities they represent.

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This report (including literature review) evaluated a local implementation of the MEND childhood weight management programme and the effectiveness of providing post-programme support on sustaining improvements made in weight status.

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