Child Health Strategy heightens pressure to engage with fathers

17 February 2009

The joint Department for Children Schools and Families and Department of Health Child Health Strategy, Healthy lives, brighter futures: The strategy for children and young people’s health (DCSF/DH, 2009), launched on 12 February 2009, sets out a challenging vision for health and social services to work together to improve children’s wellbeing.

Amongst the key recommendations of the strategy in terms of fatherhood, are:

  • Work with Strategic Health Authorities to identify best practice around provision for fathers staying overnight in maternity units, and better information about what’s available
  • A new Antenatal Education and Preparation for Parenthood Programme
  • A Fathers’ Early Years LifeCheck, which will provide fathers with tailored information on their baby’s health and development
  • Work with ‘identified PCTs’ to pilot new methods of engaging mothers and fathers in the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme, in particular to ensure that fathers are involved in the reviews which are at the heart of the programme.

To download the strategy, and the commissioning guidelines that go alongside it, right click on the titles under ‘Related Documents’ below.


Child Health Strategy
Child Health Strategy Commissioning Guidance

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