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Health Visitors: Children

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many home visits on average a child considered to be at (a) low risk and (b) high risk received from an allocated health visitor in the first two years following assessment in each region in each year between 1997 and 3 August 2007; and if he will make a statement; (241899)

(2) how many home visits on average a child considered to be at (a) low risk and (b) high risk received from an allocated health visitor in the first two years following assessment in each region between 9 September 2008 and the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement;

(3) what the average number of cases allocated to health visitors was in each region between 9 September 2008 and the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement;

(4) what the average number of cases allocated to health visitors in each region was in each year between 1997 and 3 August 2007; and if he will make a statement.

The information requested is not collected centrally. While the updated Child Health Promotion Programme, launched on 17 March 2008, identifies health visitors as the lead practitioners in promoting the health of children below the age of five, it is for local national health service and local authority commissioners to commission children's services according to local needs.