Communicable diseases

Among children under 18 years of age who have been looked after continuously for at least 12 months, 87% were up to date with their immunisations in Hackney as of 31 March 2015. 2  Conversely, a local audit performed in Hackney between 15 January and 30 April 2015 found that half (48%) of the 38 children who had an initial health assessment on entering care did not have up-to-date immunisations.

Comparable data are not available for the City of London as the number of looked after children (LAC) is small.

Substance misuse

The most common source of referral to young people’s substance misuse services in Hackney is youth justice services. This is a much more important source of referrals locally than nationally (Table 8).

Table 8: Sources of referral to young people’s substance misuse service, 2014/15

  Hackney (%) England (%)
Children & family services 20 19
Education 8 27
Health & mental health 3 8
Substance misuse services 0 4
Youth justice services 63 27
Self, family & friends 8 12
Other (inc. blank) 0 4

Source: National Drug Treatment Monitoring System

Note: National figures relate to the final quarter of 2014/15, whereas Hackney figures relate to the whole year (2014/15) so numbers are not so low as to be identifiable.

Fewer young people accessing Hackney’s substance misuse services are in education than nationally, with a correspondingly larger proportion of clients being classified as not in education, employment or training (NEET) (Table 9).

Table 9: Education/employment status of young people in substance misuse services, 2014/15

  Hackney (%) England (%)
Education 44 74
Apprenticeship 8 4
Employed 4 2
NEET 44 14
Inconsistent/other 0 7

Source: National Drug Treatment Monitoring System

Note: National figures relate to the final quarter of 2014/15, whereas Hackney figures relate to the whole year (2014/15) so numbers are not so low as to be identifiable.

References

  1. “Public Health Profiles (‘Fingertips’),” Public Health England, 2015
  2. “Public Health Profiles (‘Fingertips’),” Public Health England, 2015