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Change4Life aims to help families lead healthier lives by eating well and moving more. Sign up to hear about new Change4Life tips, recipes, competitions and offers. 

Activities »

Kids need to be active for 60 minutes a day. From fun Shake Up games to information about active hobbies and sports, the Change4Life activities pages has everything you need to get your family moving.

Food Facts »

Find out more about what's really in the food your family eats. The Change4Life food facts pages include sugar swaps for kids, 5 a-day and healthier snacks for kids. 

Recipes »

Fun ideas to help your kids stay healthy. The Change4Life recipes pages offer quick and easy lunchboxes to heathier family meals and puddings. 

Make a change today »

If you are concerned about your child, speak to your GP or practice nurse to see what support is available locally. Small lifestyle changes can make a big difference. Start with one of the Change4Life make a change today tips and work your way through them all.

Local Children's Partnership Group 

Local Children's Partnership Groups (LCPG) have been established across Kent to strategically look at the health and wellbeing of children and young people. 

The  LCPG aims to ensure organisations work together, and with children, young people and their families to both identify and address how children and young people can be happier, healthier, safer, more fulfilled and ready for adult life.

A wide range of services are represented within LCPGs. These include district councils, Children’s Social Care, Early Help, schools, Public Health, Clinical Commissioning Groups and the Police.

LCPGs meet six times a year and report to the Kent 0- 25 Health and Wellbeing Board. 

Children and Young People's Framework

The Kent Children and Young People’s Framework: 2016-2019 sets out the outcomes that we aspire to for all children and young people growing up in Kent, and the way we will work in partnership to achieve them.

The framework has been developed by the Kent 0-25 Health and Wellbeing Board and Kent’s twelve district-level LCPGs. 

Key outcomes

Four key outcomes have been identified to help drive and focus the work of all partners. These are for children and young people to be able to:

  • grow up in safe families and communities
  • have good physical, mental and emotional health
  • learn and have opportunities to achieve throughout their lives
  • make safe and positive decisions

These four areas will be delivered by the identified plan priorities and activities outlined in the  Kent Children and Young People’s Framework.

Local actions

Dover LCPG and a Shepway LCPG (formerly South Kent Coast LCPG) developed local actions aligned to these key outcomes and identified the following local priorities:  

  • Reducing obesity (0-25 years)
  • Improving dental health in under 5's
  • Increasing breastfeeding rates
  • Improving perinatal mental health
  • Reducing the rates of smoking in pregnancy
  • Reducing the number of self-harm related hospital admissions
  • Reducing the number of drug and alcohol related admissions

These priorities are currently under review. 

Further information

Mental health and wellbeing »

The NHS's mental health and wellbeing pages provide information if you are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed, including support for children and young people. 

Know a recent school leaver or someone going to university? »

They are advised to have a vaccination to help prevent MenW disease. 

NHS Back to School Toolkit »

Help make sure your children are healthy (and don't miss any school days) by reading this NHS back to school guide.

Make the most of being young in Kent »

Find things to do and get information and advice.

Protecting children »

Child protection in Kent.