Barnsley launches exciting new project to improve children’s health and wellbeing

Today we’ve launched our Healthier Futures Barnsley project, which has three elements that will work to improve children’s health and wellbeing. Our Children and Young People public health team have been working with schools across the borough to develop these useful resources. 

Healthier Futures website 

We’ve developed a dedicated Healthier Futures web page, a personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education portal for professionals. It has lesson plans, resources, useful links and information to help schools deliver PSHE lessons.  

The ‘Let’s hear your voice’ survey 

This survey, designed in consultation with schools and public health professionals, will be completed every two years. It will survey pupils in years 4, 6, 8 and 10 on a wide range of health topics, such as: 

  • Emotional health and wellbeing 
  • What they eat 
  • Physical activity 
  • Bullying 
  • Technology use and online safety 
  • Relationships 

The questions are age-appropriate and will give schools great insight into which areas of their PHSE education are strong and which need more focus.  

Healthy Settings Award 

Schools and early years settings will also be able to work towards a Healthy Settings accreditation, using a free, easy-to-use, interactive assessment tool. The tool will help schools and settings improve the health and wellbeing of children and their families while also meeting local and national priorities. Settings will need to submit evidence on four areas to receive the award: 

  • Physical activity 
  • Food, drink and oral health 
  • Emotional health and wellbeing 
  • PSHE 

Julia Burrows, Director of Public Health, said: “We want Barnsley to be the place of possibilities, a place that fosters and grows ambition, enabling everyone to be the best they can be. Barnsley children should have the best possible chance of enjoying life in good physical and mental health. The Healthier Futures Barnsley project is a fantastic piece of work that will help all our schools and education settings to improve the health and wellbeing of our children. 

“I’d like to thank the schools that have worked with us to develop this project, and I’m excited to see the positive impact on health in our borough.”  

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