Children and Young People's Health Strategy


Islington Clinical Commissioning Group and Islington Council are committed to ensuring our children and young people enjoy the best health possible and that they receive high quality, empowering services. In 2015, we agreed to jointly publish a health strategy that would describe our approach to commissioning and delivering services, driving improvement in all aspects of child health over the next five years.

Young people working with us to develop the plan told us that they wanted an animated video version which would be quick, fun and easy for young people to understand. This video animation below was produced with them and the Young Foundation. 

Determinants of health

Children and young people’s health is shaped by many factors. Children and young people develop with a range of strengths and vulnerabilities. These factors are influenced most by their families, homes and the wider circumstances which they grow up in. Beyond this, there are the services which interact with children and young people and their families: public health, primary care, and community and acute services. Services outside the NHS, such as children’s centres, nurseries and schools, play and youth services, the police and social care services, can be influential. Their health is also influenced by a wider set of determinants. These include their physical environment, their social context and inequalities. Some children and young people, for example young offenders and young carers, have particular vulnerabilities, which shape their lives profoundly.

Our vision

Our vision is to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Islington from conception to adulthood and to reduce health inequalities by:

  • Promoting good health
  • Making safe, high quality, affordable and coordinated health services available at, or close to, home in partnership with children, young people, their parents and carers
  • Supporting them to be in control of their own health where possible and to maximise their life chances, as they grow up

Our guiding principles

  • Prevention, early identification and intervention across all children and young people’s health services - and other services which impact on children and young people’s lives - from conception to adulthood
  • Equal access for all to personalised, high quality services, where and when needed, free at the point of access and offering choice where possible and appropriate
  • Working in partnership with children, young people, parents, carers and their communities, involving them in the design of health services, which promote good health and empower them to better manage their own health and wellbeing
  • Services within and outside the NHS work together to deliver care, coordinated around the child, young person and their family, which is responsive to their needs
  • Ensuring safeguarding underpins all planning and delivery of health services to children and young people, with the full commitment of all professionals involved
  • Making the best use of resources commissioning services based on population need and the best available evidence

Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services

For more information on the Islington Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Transformation Plan, please contact: Kieran.gray2@nhs.net