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Child Health Profile March 2019

10 July 2019

  • This Health Profile provides a snapshot of child health in Kirklees area. It is designed to help the local authority and health services improve the health and wellbeing of children and tackle health inequalities.

    Key findings

    Children and young people under the age of 20 years make up 25.3% of the population of Kirklees. 40.5% of school children are from a minority ethnic group.
    The health and wellbeing of children in Kirklees is mixed compared with the England average. The infant mortality rate is similar to England with an average of 26 infants dying before age 1 each year. Recently there have been 13 child deaths (1-17 year olds) each year on average.

    The teenage pregnancy rate is worse than England, with 175 girls becoming pregnant in a year.

    12.6% of women smoke while pregnant which is worse than England. 74.9% of mothers initiate breastfeeding (similar to England). Data for breastfeeding from the 6-8 week review is not available for this area.

    The MMR immunisation level does not meet recommended coverage (95%). By age two, 94.7% of children have had one dose.

    Dental health is worse than England. 32.5% of 5 year olds have one or more decayed, filled or missing teeth.

    Levels of child obesity are similar to England. 9.3% of children in Reception and 20.4% of children in Year 6 are obese.

    The rate of child inpatient admissions for mental health conditions at 47.1 per 100,000 is better than England.

    The rate for self-harm at 342.9 per 100,000 is better than England.

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