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Children: Health Services

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for what aspects of the Children’s Health Strategy his Department will have responsibility. (245274)

The Department for Children, Schools and Families is jointly responsible, with the Department of Health, for promoting the health of all children and young people: this has been the case since the Machinery of Government changes in June 2007 announced the creation of the Department for Children, Schools and Families. The Child Health Strategy is being developed jointly by the Department for Children, Schools and Families and Department of Health and will set out the Government’s long-term strategy to support children’s and families’ health. It will be aimed at the NHS, Local Government and partnership organisations, and build on the work already being delivered through Every Child Matters and the National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services. It will consider and clarify how health services, working with schools and other partners, can work better to improve children’s and young people’s health through ages 0 to 19. It has been developed through widespread consultation with service providers, commissioners, and other stakeholders, and with young people and parents, and will fulfil a commitment in the ‘Children’s Plan—Building brighter futures’.