Children's services must ensure they are thinking about fully integrating with partner organisations, rather than duplicating services, an independent advisor on health visiting and public health has warned.
In her keynote address at JFHC Live, Alison Wall said that services working for and on behalf of children should each be aware of their roles and responsibilities, as well as having an understanding of what partner organisations do, especially with the forthcoming introduction of health and wellbeing boards.
She said: "Each health and wellbeing board will have at least one representative from the corresponding clinical commissioning group, and this is how they feel the different organisations will be aligned.
"It's not clear yet how they are going to link with the Local Safeguarding Children's Boards, and they've been in operation for about four years now. But it is very important we don't have duplication, with endless different bodies set up, and people not being sure what each body is commissioning and providing.
"[For example] It's not clear the position of the director of public health, either. Are they going to be sitting centrally within local authorities; are they going to be more closely aligned with primary care? Where exactly are they going to sit? So it is very important that we don't duplicate and that we make sure services are integrated."