Starting well

All the news and publications from the Department relating to pregnancy, birth and a child’s first few years.

New national pledge to improve children’s health and reduce child deaths

A new pledge about making improvements to the health of children and young people has been launched today. The pledge is part of the government’s response to the Children and … Read more → – New national pledge to improve children’s health and reduce child deaths

NHS information service for parents reaches 100,000 signups

More than 100,000 people have already signed up to receive online advice about looking after their baby – and a quarter of these are fathers. The NHS Information Service for … Read more → – NHS information service for parents reaches 100,000 signups

Evaluation studies of Family Nurse Partnership programme published

Two independent evaluation studies on delivering the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) programme have been published. They cover themes on the cost of delivering FNP locally and the Family Nurse workforce. … Read more → – Evaluation studies of Family Nurse Partnership programme published

Whooping cough webchat on Netmums

Parents are being invited to send in their questions about whooping cough ahead of a webchat scheduled for Tuesday 5 February. Dr Dawn Harper, from Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies programme, … Read more → – Whooping cough webchat on Netmums

Government response to consultation on fertility and human tissue regulators

The Department of Health has today published its response to its consultation on proposals to transfer functions from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and the Human Tissue Authority … Read more → – Government response to consultation on fertility and human tissue regulators

Advice on preparation of formula milks restated

The Chief Medical Officer and the Director for Public Health Nursing are today restating longstanding advice about the best practice when preparing formula milks, as set out by the Department … Read more → – Advice on preparation of formula milks restated

Useful resources for health visitors

These resources and tools are aimed at health visitors and people who work with them to deliver the Healthy Child Programme for children aged 0 to 5 years old. They … Read more → – Useful resources for health visitors