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Developing Well

These reports focus on health and wellbeing for children and young people aged 5 to 19 years of age. 

Alcohol and the effect it has on young people.

Childhood excess weight states that overweight and obese children are more likely to become obese adults, and have a higher risk of morbidity, disability and premature mortality in adulthood.

Children in need highlights the challenge to improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people that have complex needs.

Children with disabilities covers the needs of children and young people with disabilities aged from birth to 25 years who have a special educational need or disability (SEND) and their families.

Education reports how a good educational start in life protects children from inequalities in adult life. It examines academic achievement, exclusion, children with special education needs and disabilities (SEND).

Health Protection (Children) promotes the importance of early years immunisation.

Looked after children often have much poorer life opportunities and outcomes, and poor health is a factor in this. We can offset this by having children in stable, long term relationships with their carers. 

NEET stands for Not in Employment, Education and Training. While this chapter reports the number of NEET children in Bedford Borough is reducing, more support is needed for children who have poor school attendance, have mental health issues, are in ill health or have caring responsibilities. 

Oral health reports that fluoride in water has decreased tooth decay since the 1970s but more work needs to be done in socially deprived families that have poor diets high in sugar. 

Smoking (young people) recommends the best way to stop children from smoking is to get those around them, particularly their parents, to quit.

Teenage pregnancy chapter recommends raising awareness of contraception and sexual health, including young fathers in dialogue and raising safeguarding issues will help to reduce teenage pregnancy.

Young carers need our support so we have to address under-reporting of 'missing' young carers to make sure we're are obtaining the right level of services for them.

Youth offending the aim of this chapter is to look at ways to work with young people, their parents/carers and wider agencies, and to prevent further offending that has a detrimental effect on their future life chances.

Young people mental health looks at how mental health problems early in life can lead to low education and risky health behaviour.