The Healthy Child Programme focuses on the support and development of children and young people aged 0-19 and their families, by providing quality services that facilitate good health and wellbeing. Walsall Council was keen to ensure that the views of parents, parents-to-be and young people play a key role in informing what the future Healthy Child Programme service should look like, and commissioned a piece of research which would provide them with this evidence base.
To provide Walsall Council with a broad cross-section of experiences and perceptions, we carried out a combination of qualitative group discussions and interviews in at least 15 local settings. We consulted with approximately 80 parents, parents-to-be and young people over a three week period, collated and analysed the key findings, and prepared a headline report for Walsall Council.
The intelligence and insight gathered will help to inform service improvements in the future commissioning and delivery of the Healthy Child Programme in Walsall.