Family and Children's Health

Advice sheets for parents and carers

There are a number of common childhood illnesses that often can effectively be managed at home by parents and carers.  However, understanding when it is OK to look after your child at home and when to seek additional support can be difficult.  

In order to help you gauge when to seek additional support a number of advice sheets were created by a group of West Sussex-wide clinicians working with, parents, education and social care for common childhood aliments. 

The advice sheets provide clear information using a simple traffic light system explaining when parents need to seek urgent help (Red), or when they need to contact your GP or seek help from your local pharmacist (Amber) or what parents can do to help their children at home (Green). 

The current advice sheets available cover (click on links to download): 

Also available in these languages: Tamil; Urdu; Portuguese; Polish; Gujarati
  • Bronchiolitis (a cause of persistent cough, mild fever and feeding difficulties in infants)
Also available in these languages: Tamil; Urdu; Portuguese; Polish; Gujarati
Also available in these languages: Tamil; Urdu; Portuguese; Polish; Gujarati
Also available in these languages: Tamil; Urdu; Portuguese; Polish; Gujarati

Also available in these languages:Tamil; Urdu; Portuguese; Polish; Gujarati

Also available in these languages: Tamil; Urda; Portuguese; Polish; Gujarati

When should I worry?

'When Should I Worry?' is a booklet developed by researchers at Cardiff University.

It provides information for parents about the management of respiratory tract infections (coughs, colds, sore throats, and ear aches) in children, and has been designed to be used in primary care consultations.

Download / view booklet (pdf)

You can download a free PDF of the booklet in the following languages:

*Please note we cannot guarantee their accuracy of the translations, the original version was designed for use in the UK.

Children and Young Peoples Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

Local Transformation Plan (LTP)

The West Sussex Local Transformation Plan (LTP) is our plan for improving children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing services across the county.   The LTP outlines an integrated, multi-agency system-wide approach which builds resilience, improves access to services and supports children and young people along pathways of care whatever their needs.  The three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), Coastal West Sussex, Horsham and Mid Sussex and Crawley, and West Sussex County Council have worked together to develop the plan and are committed to giving mental health and wellbeing for children and young people the priority it deserves.

The plan was initially developed during 2015 in partnership with children and young people (CYP), parents, carers and key stakeholders. Since publishing our first version in December 2015, we have been required by NHS England to produce an annual refresh. We refreshed our plan in October 2016, October 2017 and again in October 2018.

The local transformation planning process has been an opportunity for commissioners to invest in services and change outcomes for children and young people. In addition to managing the increasing needs of children and young people in West Sussex, our priorities for 2018 to 2021 are:

1)      Continue to increase access to early intervention support to ensure that children and young people are able to access the right service at the right time;

2)      Ensure clarity of pathways and integration with local authority services;

3)      Develop communication between services and primary care and schools;

4)      Managing increases in demand for Eating Disorder services and redesigning the Neuro-Developmental pathway;

5)      Workforce planning and delivery;

6)      Further training and skills development for those professionals in primary care and other universal children’s services;

7)      The transition for young people into adult services.

For more information, download the full local transformation plan or contact Lizzie Izzard

Children and Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing Improvement Programme Manager, Children and Young People Joint Commissioning Team