Social and emotional wellbeing of 0-5 year-olds

 The Health and Wellbeing Board’s ambition for the social and emotional wellbeing of preschool children is:

“A positive state of mind and body, feeling safe, resilient and able to cope, with a sense of connection with family, communities and the wider environment.”

Social and emotional wellbeing is important in its own right, but it also provides the basis for future health and life chances.  The first years of a child’s life are a key influence on their future health, school performance and ultimate employability.  Poor social and emotional skills increase the likelihood of anti-social behaviour and mental health problems, substance misuse, teenage pregnancy, poor educational attainment and involvement in criminal activity.

In the most recent Public Health Outcomes Framework, Norfolk is performing significantly worse than the national average for many of the indicators relating to young people including:

  • Breastfeeding initiation
  • Mothers smoking during pregnancy
  • Childhood obesity
  • Pupil absence
  • First time entrants to the youth justice system
  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination

School attainment at all stages is also poorer than the national average.  All of these factors are relatively worse in Norfolk’s most deprived areas.

Examples of how to measure the impact of the strategy

  • Foundation stage attainments
  • Child and adolescent mental health services referrals
  • A&E data – accidents – emergency admissions
  • Domestic abuse statistics – police data
  • Public health drug and alcohol data
  • Reception year childhood obesity data
  • Breast feeding initiation and prevalence at 6-8 weeks
  • Mothers smoking during pregnancy
  • MMR vaccination

Intentions of the strategy for 0-5 year-olds.