Statistics show that growing up in Greater Manchester is more challenging than most parts of the country. Partnership leader Jon Rouse spoke to former students about what devolution means for children's health and wellbeing.

Jon Rouse, Chief Officer at Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, joined Manchester University alumni to speak about devolution. Reflecting on Greater Manchester’s trailblazing journey, two years after the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership took control of the city’s £6bn health and social care budget, he gave insight into what this means for children and young people in the region.

Around a third of the population of Greater Manchester is under the age of 25 years and it is apparent across a whole range of statistics that growing up in Greater Manchester is more challenging than most parts of England.

The region has high rates of looked-after children, poverty, mental health disorders, smoking in pregnancy, decayed teeth, obesity and lower rates of school readiness, educational attainment, levels of physical activity and, ultimately, life expectancy. During his speech Jon explored the wider economic and political landscape that has shaped these rates as well as the historical context.

With the ambition that every child in Greater Manchester has the skills necessary to negotiate early childhood, primary and secondary school and education and employment Jon spoke about how the Partnership proposes to achieve this.

Topics covered included the Children’s Health and Wellbeing board being established, investment in children and adolescent mental health as well as children’s oral health and work done to empower young people to shape plans and programmes in the future.

Notes from the full speech can be found here: Jon Rouse Devo Insights Lecture – Children’s Health and Wellbeing in GM – 11.04.18

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