There are over a million children and young people under 18 years of age in Scotland, a fifth of the total population, and the birth rate is increasing. The Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill now passing into law, aims to further the government's ambition for Scotland to be the best place to grow up by putting children and young people at the heart of public services and respecting their rights. The legislation puts fresh focus on improving wellbeing outcomes by coordinating the planning, design and delivery of services for children and young people.
This platform aims to support you if your community nursing work involves direct or indirect contact with children, young people and families. As well as specific roles, like midwives, health visitors and school nurses, community nursing generally makes a major contribution to the health and wellbeing of children, young people and families.
We need to provide the most effective support to children and their families, making sure they are able to access it when needed, and empower families so that they are fully involved in the decisions made. Working together is crucial, particularly to address the continuing challenge of health inequalities. The Early Years Collaborative and changes enabled by the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill aim to build on successful integration such as family nurse partnerships to give children the best start and improve the quality of services for children, young people and families, particularly those at risk.
Community nurses play a pivotal role in early intervention, prevention and health promotion for children and families, promoting social inclusion and reducing inequalities in health, addressing key public health priorities and supporting the capacity of families within their local communities.