Needs Assessment Reports provide appropriate evidence-based information on prevalence, incidence and risk factors affecting children’s health and the provision of healthcare services.

These reports support you in undertaking needs assessments as part of children’s and young people’s planning and joint strategic needs assessments. They also help you to develop a business case, justify investment, initiate conversations around service improvements and carry out a service review or local audit.

Generate Needs Assessment Reports for the following themes:

Child and adolescent mental health (CAMHS) for local authorities and CCGs
Children and young people with disabilities for local authorities
Continence in children for local authorities and CCGs
Demographic profile for local authorities
Maternity for primary care trusts
Mental health in pregnancy, the postnatal period and babies and toddlers for local authorities and CCGs
Speech and language impairment for local authorities
The following short guide provides more information about using the Needs Assessment Reports and interpreting the information they include.

What do the Needs Assessment Reports tell you about your local area
We also provide guidance and links to relevant data sources, tools and documents to help health visiting students when undertaking a local needs assessment as part of their university course.

Preparing a needs assessment: guidance for health visiting students