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Volume 406: debated on Friday 23 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the impact of enuresis on the welfare of a child with the condition. [114763]

There are a number of factors which impact on the welfare of a child with this condition and a well-documented association between enuresis and psychiatric disorder in community samples of children, although over half of enuretic children have no psychiatric disorder.Common childhood conditions will be considered under the forthcoming national service framework for children, young people and maternity services, which is currently developing national standards. The standards are likely to cover support which should be available to children and their parents in managing a wide range of conditions and problems, including enuresis. This will emphasise the promotion of evidence based clinical guidelines and a number of examples of good practice in a range of different areas.