Our children and young people will be physically, mentally and emotionally healthy.
We will improve the mental and physical health, wellbeing and resilience of children and young people through early advice, support and education. Our services will equip young people and families to make healthy lifestyle choices and reduce their involvement in risk taking or harmful behaviours relating to, for example, substance use, diet, sexual health and physical activity.
What we will do to promote good physical, mental and emotional health for children:
- develop and implement, in partnership, an evidence based Tayside parenting strategy
- develop and implement a Tayside multi-agency framework to prevent and address early initiation into substance misuse
- develop and implement a Tayside Mental Health Strategy for children and young people to ensure focus on prevention, early identification and support
- implement a national Pregnancy and Parenthood in Young People Strategy alongside work to reduce teenage pregnancy and support to young parents
- develop a Tayside strategy to improve Child Healthy Weight
Emotional Health and Wellbeing for Children and Young People – A toolkit for staff
This toolkit has a clear purpose to be a valuable and accessible tool which supports all universal staff in supporting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing. It aims to raise awareness of emotional health and wellbeing and the importance of prioritising early intervention, highlighting the role all staff can play in promoting this with the children and young people they work with.
The toolkit can be downloaded here
Substance Misuse Curriculum Framework
Early initiation of substance use is a significant issue for children and young people across Tayside (Angus, Dundee and Perth and Kinross). Although SALSUS reports a decrease in the number of young people using alcohol and drugs, the results of Darlington surveys still suggest that 42% of young people in Dundee and 46% of young people in Perth and Kinross have smoked cigarettes, drunk alcohol or used illicit drugs on at least one occasion.