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Children and Young People

Volume 702: debated on Thursday 5 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How they ensure that children and young people are involved in the planning of services provided for them by primary care trusts. [HL3719]

A founding principle of the National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services is that children and young people should have a strong voice in the prioritisation and commissioning of health services and this is reflected in the standard for hospital services, the core standards and the disabled child standard. Copies of this publication are in the Library.

Further, the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 contained important measures designed to strengthen the patient and public involvement system in England, including the introduction of local involvement networks (LINks) and the updated duty on National Health Service bodies to involve users of health services.

The Act established duties on health and social care services providers—including primary care trusts—to respond to LINks when they report on the needs and experiences of local people in respect of their health and social care services.

LINks, together with the new duty on NHS bodies to involve and report on consultations, will play a vital role in encouraging and enabling a greater range of people, including children and young people, to influence the commissioning and provision of health care, bringing meaningful engagement to the whole system, from commissioning to front-line care.