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Every child has a strong, healthy start to life; from maternal health, through the first thousand days, to reaching adulthood.

Our work will focus on:

Supporting families
  • Ensuring that all mothers, parents, children and young people have access to the support they need to achieve good family health and wellbeing
  • Improving educational achievement across the whole of our population to better prepare children and young people for employment
  • Supporting children, young people and their families who are most vulnerable and need support from a range of services

Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) has more young people aged 0-14 in our population compared to the national average. Across BLMK 30 to 40% of children aged 10 to 11 years are overweight or obese and 11 to 19% of children live in low income households. We have a significant proportion of babies born at a very low birth rate, especially in Luton, and children who qualify for free school meals do less well in education across BLMK.

Ultimately children who grow up in the most deprived areas of BLMK have a shorter healthy life expectancy.

That’s why we’re working to support parents, carers and children to ensure that all young people have an opportunity to live longer, healthier lives.

Our priorities in this area focus on improving health outcomes in early years and making sure that children are ready to start school. We also want to support children throughout school, especially those with Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND). We will work to improve access to emotional wellbeing and mental health support to improve child and family resilience.

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24 March 2023

Mentoring support helps young people in Milton Keynes to transform their lives

An innovative programme in Milton Keynes is supporting young people on a journey to a brighter and more hopeful future via tailored mentoring. The programme…


24 March 2023

‘Know your TB risk,’ local people are urged on World TB Day

People in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes have been urged to think about their risk of developing tuberculosis as the international heath community marks World…


22 March 2023

Empowering Nurses: New leadership programme launches in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes

A new leadership programme designed to empower nurses in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes launched today (22 March 2023). Thirty-eight nurses will be undertaking the programme, with the first session…


22 March 2023

Update on Primary Care in Leighton Buzzard

On 09 February 2023, representatives from Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board (BLMK ICB) were pleased to attend the public meeting in Leighton Buzzard alongside representatives of Central…


20 March 2023

Bowel cancer screening: your next poo could save your life

Early diagnosis is vital to detecting bowel cancer: detecting it at the earliest stage makes you up to nine times more likely to be treated successfully. Now, an NHS campaign…


17 March 2023

Share for Care set to help provide residents with better, safer and…

Residents across Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) will receive even better, safer and quicker care from local health and care organisations thanks to the rollout of Share for Care…