Health visiting services in Sheffield now fall under the responsibility of the city council as part of a package of changes to make sure children across the city get the best start in life.
NHS England has transferred the commissioning of public health services for children under the age of five to local authorities.
Sheffield Council and the NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group have devised ‘Sheffield’s Best Start Strategy,’ which builds on existing relationships with schools, health, private, voluntary, community and faith sectors, and parents and carers to tackle inequalities and respond to the changing needs of families and communities.
Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “Children’s experiences in the very earliest years from conception through to age five make a significant difference to their lifelong health, wellbeing and life chances. But the experiences and outcomes for local people sadly can be very different. We now have a great chance with this Best Start strategy to cut through this and build strong communities where families benefit from good quality, responsive early years’ services.”