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Health Services (Children)

Volume 403: debated on Monday 10 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has provided guidance to PCTs on improving (a) the treatment of enuresis and (b) paediatric continence services. [100419]

The Department has provided grant aid to the enuresis resource and information centre, which produces guidance on paediatric continence services. Common childhood conditions, including enuresis and paediatric continence, will be considered under the forthcoming national service framework (NSF) for children, young people and maternity services.Good Practice in Continence Services was issued by the Department in April 2000 and provides guidance to primary care trusts (PCTs) on continence services. This includes that PCTs should have specialist continence services in place, which provide patients with an individual assessment of their needs. This assessment should include the provision of continence products to any patient who needs them.Continence also features in the NSF for older people standard two—person centred care. The milestone for achievement of integrated continence service provision is 2004, by which time it is expected that "all local health and social care systems should have established an integrated continence service".

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many non-UK passport holding children are being looked after by Social Services. [100471]

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has discussed with the Chancellor of the Exchequer the mental health needs of children at risk. [100494]

No specific discussions have taken place. However, the Department has made a significant investment in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) over the last three years, £105 million to 31 March 2003, and is committed to achieving radical improvements in the quality and quantity of CAMHS. Our current public service agreement target provides for an expansion of the service by at least 10 per cent, per year for the next three years, leading to a comprehensive service, able to respond to all children with mental health needs in all areas, by 2006. This development is underpinned by over £250 million of additional funding, including £140 million for local authorities. The children's national service framework will set out the standards and milestones for improvements in CAMHS services for all children, including those at risk.