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Health and wellbeing standards launched for children in care

17th August 2012

Steps are being taken which are designed to promote the health and wellbeing of children and young people in care.


New quality standards developed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and currently in draft form, set out what high quality care should be like for all looked-after children and young people.

The standards demand that all children entering care or moving within the care system are offered a choice of placements which meet their individual needs and preferences and stipulate that all carers of looked-after children must receive ongoing high-quality training, support and supervision to enable them to improve the health and wellbeing of the young people they are responsible for.

Children who move between services or across local authority areas should also experience continuity of care as a matter of course.

NICE is required under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to develop quality standards and other guidance for social care professionals in England.

Dr Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director of health and social care at NICE, said that although her organisation had been producing quality standards for health care since 2010, these would be the first standards for social care.

Care services minister Paul Burstow said: “By helping to define exactly what good care and support looks like, commissioners and care providers know what they should be delivering and people using services know what to expect from a high quality service.”

The consultation on the draft standards is now under way and runs until October 16.


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