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Children's health "must be taken seriously"

A new Child Health Promotion Programme will tailor services to meet the individual needs of children and families, says the Department of Health.

The programme hopes to place greater emphasis on promoting the health and well being of children in early life.

It also looks to encourage partnership working between different agencies on local service development in general practice and children's centres.

Health Minister Ann Keen said: "The Child Health Promotion Programme should be a universal service for all children and families and must be taken seriously.

"Commissioners need to recognise that this can be a valuable tool for meeting their obligations on breastfeeding, obesity prevention, infant mortality and the 12-week antenatal assessment.

"A high quality programme will help them meet these vital requirements, but also help to improve general health and well being among children and families in our communities."

Department of Health

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"Yes it does. But to be quite candid, the CHPP I already use cannot be delivered. The health visiting workforce has diminished dramatically and therefore the service is not universal." - Name and address supplied