Children's plan gives opportunities for physios

The CSP has welcomed the emphasis on children becoming more active, announced in the government's 10 year plan for children, and said it will seek to influence a forthcoming child health strategy.

The £1 billion plan, announced last month, promises a range of initiatives to improve children's welfare and education with better support for parents and families. Key objectives to be met by 2020 are: to build or upgrade 3,500 playgrounds and 30 new supervised adventure playgrounds; expand 'positive activities', including sport, for young people; an end to the 'no ball games' culture by making public spaces more child friendly; and extra support for children with special educational needs  and disabilities. CSP chair of Council Liz Cavan said physiotherapists would have a vital role to play in ensuring the objectives were met. She said: 'Increasingly we are seeing physiotherapists working within multidisciplinary teams involved with the promotion of healthy lifestyles for children, including such initiatives as back care programmes and physical activity.' Ministers say schools in the 21st century should be central to their communities and should be encouraged by making more effective links with the NHS and other services. The government will publish a child health strategy this spring, based on the national service framework for children, young people and maternity services, which will be taken forward in the context of Lord Darzi's NHS Next steps review. CSP head of public affairs and policy development Gary Robjent said the Society would be considering how to influence the strategy and help members to take part. 'If we are going to play our part in changing the NHS from a national sickness service to a national health service we need to instill in people a greater awareness that they need to maintain their health and be responsible for their health, and we need to start with the young.' 
Matthew Limb

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