Redcar & Cleveland JSNA


Children

What do people say?

Wider determinants of health

Education

Approximately 50% of the children and young people surveyed said they worried about school work and exams (this was more common among girls than boys and more common among children in Year 10). Most young people were positive about school and the help and feedback they received (although this declined with age). (TellUs4 survey, 2010)

Poverty

A regional (North East) consultation with children (on poverty) identified a number of priorities highlighted in the JSNA poverty topic.

Behaviour and lifestyle

Alcohol misuse

More than half (51%) of children and young people said that they have never had an alcoholic drink. About two-fifths (42%) said that they had consumed an alcoholic drink and 7% did not wish to say. The majority of all children and young people surveyed had not been drunk in the previous four weeks (68%). (TellUs4 survey, 2010)

Viewpoint (2011) recorded that 63% of the people surveyed stated that better education and raising awareness of the dangers of alcohol misuse would help tackle alcohol-related problems.

Illicit drug use

Content under development.

Smoking

Fresh has published some public opinions (2011) ranging from how to tackle smoking, quitting, protecting children and illegal tobacco, some of the outcomes were:

  • 75% of people in the North East think smoking should be banned in outdoor children’s play areas.
  • 78% of smokers in Teesside say the North East needs to do more to prevent children from starting smoking, this was mirrored within a local community consultation conducted within Redcar & Cleveland in 2011.
  • Smoking is a childhood addiction long before it becomes an adult choice. The average age current smokers started in Teesside was just 15.
  • Cancer Research UK estimates that children are three times more likely to become a smoker if parents smoke.

Diet and nutrition

Most children and young people had eaten fruit and vegetables the previous day (most commonly three or four pieces). (TellUs4 survey, 2010)

Obesity

There is a lack of local consultation and data on what people say about diet and nutrition-related issues. However local stakeholders have been consulted on the topic, including voluntary sector, primary care, early year providers, nutrition & dietetics, lifestyle providers, people with learning disabilities and older people care providers and their comments have been included throughout the obesity JSNA topic.

Satisfaction surveys completed by service users during 2010/11 show that all (100%) service users rated the Tier 2 child weight management programme as ‘good’ or above.

Illness and death

Injuries

Content under development.

Mental health

  • The majority of children and young people said that they have one or more good friends;
  • The majority of children feel happy with life and have someone they can talk to;
  • Boys are more likely than girls to feel happy about life while girls are more likely to talk to their friends when worried than boys are;
  • Young people who said they were disabled are less likely to say they are happy;
  • The most common worries for children and young people are about education and their future;
  • Year 10 (11-year-olds) pupils are more likely to worry about exams than younger people;
  • Girls are more likely to worry about exams than boys. (TellUs4 survey, 2010)
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