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Child Health Profile March 2017

07 April 2017

  • 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. 38.7% 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 worse than the England average. The child mortality rate is similar to the England average.

    The level of child poverty is worse than the England average with 21.3% of children aged under 16 years living in poverty. The rate of family homelessness is better than the England average.

    Children in Kirklees have average levels of obesity: 8.9% of children aged 4-5 years and 20.6% of children aged 10-11 years are classified as obese.

    Smoking in pregnancy is known to increase the risk of a baby having a low birthweight. The percentage of women smoking in pregnancy is similar to the England average, with 11.1% of women smoking while pregnant. The percentage of babies being born with a low birthweight is higher than the England average.

    There were 650 children in care at 31 March 2015, which equates to a higher rate than the England average.

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