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Children: Health Services

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when the Child Health Strategy will be published; and what the reasons are for the time taken to publish it. (206105)

[holding answer 16 May 2008]: The Child Health Strategy will be developed over the summer, and published in the autumn. This extra time allows for more consultation with key stakeholders, parents and young people over the summer, and enables the findings of Lord Darzi’s Next Stage Review to be taken into account.

The strategy seeks to clarify how health services, working with schools and other partners, can work better to improve children and young people’s health. It will build on the work already delivered through Every Child Matters and the National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services 10-year plan.