Welcome to InfoIslington, a blog dedicated to delivering quality information about Islington today. Produced by staff at the Islington Reference Library it will bring you details about quality web sites and other new social media , upcoming events, reports and where to find information today with a special relevance to Islington.
Camden and Islington public health department has worked with colleagues across Camden Clinical Commissioning Group to develop a local guide to the management of minor common childhood illnesses.
The booklet will be distributed to families with children under five via Children’s Centres.
The booklet was developed to help parents and carers whose children experience common conditions such as colic, rashes and respiratory problems. The guide also provides advice for emergency conditions, for example, when meningitis is suspected.
We hope that this local information resource will give confidence to parents in managing common childhood conditions and support parents to access appropriate services at the right time and in the right place according to the severity of the condition.
A flash version with a spoken voice over has been produced for parents with English as a second language, or where literacy levels are low. Access it here.
Islington has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the country, with approximately 42% of children in the borough living below the poverty line. The council has been working hard to understand the situation and formulate a strategy to address the problem, working with partners in the community throughout the process.
As part of our consultation we are looking for feedback on the strategy itself before we finalise and publish our Child Poverty Strategy, which will inform the council and its partners' policy decisions in the coming years.We want to hear from those directly affected by child poverty or its effects, so that we can be as accurate as we can in making sure the council addresses the real issues residents are facing. So if you are a resident, or an organisation who works with families affected by child poverty, please read the strategy and tell us what you think. At the end of the consultation period we will work to incorporate your feedback into our final Strategy.
Se the documents here. Thedeadline for responses is Friday 22 November 2013.
Short Breaks is a new term that was introduced by the government to replace the term respite care. Short breaks are a way of giving parents of disabled children a break from their caring responsibilities. Short Breaks also benefit the disabled child or young person, helping them to play with friends, keep fit, improve their communication skills, gain independence or simply have fun.
Local Authorities are required to publish information on what Short Breaks are available in their area and how to access them. See here for details.
The number of Londoners living in poverty has seen little change over the last few years.
More than a third of London's children are in households with income below the poverty line, though rates have again fallen. The poverty rate for children in London, after housing costs, remains higher than for any other region, but is at its lowest level for 16 years.
Child poverty in Outer London, before housing costs are taken into account, has fallen to the same level it was when the Government set Child Poverty reduction targets.
You can download the data behind the tables and charts from the datastore:
This report from the Greater London Authority examines the incidence of child hunger in London. Presents findings from interviews with over 500 parents and children, at all income levels and across the city, in order to understand the impact that hunger has on their lifestyle. Looks at: the prevalence of food poverty in London; the causes of food poverty; how families cope with a lack of food; the effects of food poverty, aside from hunger; and what measures families would like to be taken in order to tackle child hunger. Suggests that: over 70,000 children in London go to bed hungry sometimes or often; 42 per cent of parents have cut back on the amount of food they buy in the past year; 21 per cent of parents have skipped meals so that their children could eat, while 8 per cent reported that their children have had to skip meals as there was not enough food; and for 10 per cent of children, their school lunch is the biggest meal of the day. Discusses the broader impact of food poverty on children, such as the stigma associated with receiving free school meals, and trouble concentrating at school due to hunger. Outlines the views of parents on the use of policy interventions such as food vouchers, food banks and supermarket initiatives to help them cope with rising food prices.
The number of children subject to a child protection plan in Islington was 115 in February 2013 (latest report to the Islington Safeguarding Children Board). This reflects a rate of 34 per 10,000 (0-17 years population) which is below the average England rate (37.8 per 10,000 in March 2012) and the average London rate (35.7 per 10,000 in March 2012). Since April 2012 the number of children subject to Child protection plans in Islington has fluctuated each month but overall there has been a decrease from 136 (April 2012).
The relatively low numbers of children subject to a Child protection plan in Islington are in part attributed to the local development of early intervention strategies and services for vulnerable families. It is also note-worthy that the England and London rates (as at March 2012) have fallen since March 2011.