Children and young people

Simple information on

Common conditions

From Healthier Together – What 0 to 18
provides simple information on common presentations, including when to worry if a child has a fever, rash, following common accidents and more, covering the ages 0 to 18.

Self-referral services available in Buckinghamshire

Children and Young People – Broad support for self-referral
A broad overview of the more commonly used services in Buckinghamshire can be found under


Our support for you as a practice

We want to ensure that health care is easily accessible for children and young people and that you feel at the centre of services which are designed to fit around you. We know that confidentiality is important to you, and we cover this under Confidentiality for teenagers.

We include here local and national services which can support you, many accessible by phone. This information can also be used to help parents support their children. If you have a learning disability and are over 14 years, we offer annual health checks.

Health support

There is specific support for children and young people

Support for safeguarding of children
Stopping both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect can be found under Safeguarding Children.

Whatever one’s age good wellbeing is important.

Wellbeing

These areas should not necessarily be seen as separate, so for example joining a sports club can provide exercise which can help with mental wellbeing and give one the opportunity to meet other people.

Activities
Support for Everyone includes activities for families, children and young people locally.

Under the Local Community Services there may be, if available, more information on local activities for children and young people which are specific to the area around the practice.

The value of considering healthy living goes beyond just an improvement in physical health. It can also help in other areas, so exercise such as joining a sports club can help with mental wellbeing and give one the opportunity to meet other people.

Healthy living

Urgent and general support for mental health
Emergencies covers the support available in a mental health emergency for children and young people.
Mental health support  covers how mental health is supported for children across the local system.

Mental health conditions
Anxiety And Depression are the most common mental health conditions seen and you can access services directly. Other Mental Health Conditions include ADHD for which you can self-refer for. Eating Disorders is again well supported with self-referral.
Learning disabilities, and  Autism may require help which is not just medical, and this is covered under these topics.
There is specific support for children and young people under Bereavement.

Alcohol and drugs beyond any physical harm, can have an important impact on mental health. The support locally can make a difference.

Common medical conditions
An overview of medical conditions is found under Overview Children/ Young People’s Health. This includes

Long term conditions
Under Common Long Term Conditions ( Children)  you can find information on common long term conditions.

Vaccinations
Immunisations are probably the most important protection we can give a child. There is information on the

Taking some risk is part of childhood and learning however many serious accidents can be avoided.

Staying safe is about knowing what to expect with any illness. Many conditions either get better on their own or improve with simple treatments. Occasionally symptoms may develop which can indicate the development of a serious condition. We consider some serious conditions and what symptoms, and signs might suggest urgent action.

Social support

Children and young people’s wellbeing is
strongly associated with the wider environment they live in. There is evidence for the significance of family relationships, family activity, physical activity and friendships and relationships between children at school.

Home can be a place of stability with the changes of childhood and early adulthood but issues can arise including with Online Safety, and Gaming. Particularly for young children there is advice on Reducing the risk of accidents.

There is also support when Crime occurs.

Family relationships
There is support for Better Relationships including support for parents to help with their relationships with children.

A key part of childhood and early adulthood include PreschoolSchool, and Further Education (University) Getting support here can make a real difference if you are having difficulties. Bullying can occur at any point for anyone and again support can really help.

Around Buckinghamshire
There is information on local activities for children and the whole family under the section “local activities and services” in

Local to the practice
There may be services in the local community, which if available can be found under

Under Support for All we include support which maybe relevant to you (including for young carers or if you are LGBT+) and there is local support for children and young people with a Learning Disability.


Direct help

Self-referral involves accessing NHS health services and other support yourself without needing an appointment with your GP. This is explained further by patient info Self-referral | Patient.

Bucks Health Hub – Specific support for self-referral
Most of the local self-referral routes are covered under Bucks Health Hub.

Children and Young People – Broad support for self-referral
Under Children and Young People there is a broad overview of the more commonly used services in Buckinghamshire.

Common self-referral pathways
Some of the more commonly used local self-referral pathways can be found under local self-referrals in Contact Details And Self-Referral.

Good examples for children and young people include support for mental health.

Some local community self-referrals
There may be services in the local community, which if available can be found under Local Community.

Support for common conditions
Many common conditions (including mental health conditions) have a support group which can be found if you look under the various conditions on Bucks Health Hub.

Support for groups of people
There are also many support groups for important groups of people. Support for All including:

Support for your medication and many common conditions
Your local pharmacist can offer great support, see under Pharmacy.

The NHS can be a complex maze particularly when it comes to local services. You can use the information on this website to help you find local services. You can also use the support of

Support for safeguarding of children (stopping both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect) can be found under Safeguarding Children.


Videos and podcasts

Many people prefer to see a video or listen to a podcast as it offers a different way to understand health information. On the videos and podcasts page there are links to some relevant videos and podcasts covering various topics relating to children and young people.


Friends and family test

We welcome feedback on your experience, including good experiences and where we can improve. This can be done easily through the Friends and Family Test which we link to here with further explanation: Friends and Family Test.

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