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About Maps and Data

This interactive atlas of maps and data for child and maternal health indicators and statistics over time enables you to create a picture of your local area as well as benchmark performance against regional and national comparators. You can select from a range of indicators using the Data Selector and view as maps, charts or tables.

How the data are organised

By theme: Indicators are organised within the atlas by the following themes.

  • Demographics
  • Pregnancy and early years
  • School aged children
  • Young People
  • Children with acute or additional health needs
  • Workforce and spend
  • National indicators
  • European atlas (European child well-being index)
  • Lower Super Output Area data

Within each theme there are a number of datasets. A dataset may contain just one indicator or a collection of related indicators. As well as viewing all indicators within a theme you can choose to view just the indicators within a particular dataset (for example within demographics you can view all data or just population estimates).

If you have suggestions for new themes or datasets, please let us know by using the contact form.

By geography: You can also choose to view indicators by geography. However, not all indicators are available at every geographical level – this depends on the source of the data.

The following geographical levels are available:

  • Local authority (LA)
  • Primary care trust (PCT)
  • Top level local authority
  • NHS Trust
  • Lower Super Output Area (LSOA)


Selecting and viewing indicators

Using the Data Selector you can display datasets either as tables or interactive maps. For example:

Single Map: Provides an interactive view containing a thematic map, table and chart allowing you to understand the spatial patterns and temporal trends for a specific indicator of interest. View the Quick guide to using single maps.

Trust Single Map Provides the same view as the single map, however, it shows the location of trusts on the map using dots. View the Quick guide to using Trust single maps.

Double Map: Provides an interactive view containing two thematic maps allowing you to compare patterns and corresponding relationships between two indicators for the same area type. View the Quick guide to using double maps.

Table: Provides a table view of all indicators allowing you to mix and match specific indicators of interest, sort them by specific indicator and download either the current table view or all indicators in the dataset in different formats.

Using the Advanced Data Selector you can create a custom dataset composed of specific indicators of interest. Once you have created your table you can export it into Excel or you can map and chart specific indicators and copy/paste them into other documents. The process involves a series of steps where you select the geography (eg PCT), the areas of interest and the indicators of interest grouped by theme. You can go back to previous steps at any point and change your selection. View the Quick guide to using advanced maps and data.


System requirements

To view the single and double maps you must have Adobe Flash Player version 9 (or higher) installed on your machine. To install Flash player visit Adobe's Flash install page. You can test your browser support for Flash by clicking on the Adobe Flash version test page.


Guide to using indicators to monitor and improve performance

For a short, practical guide to understanding and using indicators to monitor and improve performance, systems or outcomes, read the following short booklet written by the Association of Public Health Observatories (APHO).


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

If you’d like to find out more about using Maps and Data, refer to our frequently asked questions.

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