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This Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) aims to provide an understanding of the needs of Children aged 0 to 5 needs across Warwickshire. The assessment incorporates national and local evidence to support local priority setting and action. The Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy, published in January 2021, identified a priority to help our children and young people have the best start in life. We know that positive early experiences are vital to make sure children are ready to learn, ready for school, and have good life chances.

This needs assessment highlights several key themes in helping our children and young people have the best start to life:

  • We are seeing an increasing population growth and increasing diversity of needs amongst Warwickshire’s young children. Services will need to expand and find new models of working to keep in line with increasing numbers and complexity.
  • Deprivation and inequalities are a critical factor for all services and targeted effort needs to take place in more deprived areas.
  • There are some key health promotion issues for all services to embed into ways of working and interactions with expectant or new parents – issues include smoking, healthy diet, and vaccinations.
  • There are still opportunities to increase the role of early intervention and prevention – current non statutory services could be supporting more families.
  • There should be a closer alignment between services reflecting the increasing complexity of needs, particularly in deprived areas.
  • There is an opportunity to establish a partnership to centralise the needs of children and to take forward the recommendations from this report.
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