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DH: Transfer of 0-5 children’s public health commissioning to local authorities

23rd August 2014

As part of the transfer, local authorities will be obliged to provide certain universal elements of the Healthy Child Programme. These are:

  • antenatal health promotion review
  • new baby review, which is the first check after the birth
  • 6-8 week assessment
  • 1 year assessment
  • 2 to 2 and a half year review

This will ensure that a universal health visiting service continues. This service is essential to supporting the health and wellbeing of families and children at a crucial stage of development.

These arrangements will be reviewed after a year.

This factsheet explains how and why the commissioning and associated funding are being transferred to local authorities.


Find out more here

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