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Charlotte Ramsden, Chair of the ADCS Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee, said:

“Children’s early life experiences, their parenting, their environment and the education that they receive, particularly in the early years, are crucial to their longer term outcomes. The role that a universal health visiting service plays in laying the foundations for lifelong health and wellbeing is vital. Local authorities are committed to reducing health inequalities for children and their families and since 2015 we have met the five mandated elements of the Healthy Child Programme despite funding for this service being reduced. We welcome the clarity provided by this announcement but if mandation is to continue, it needs to be fully funded and without this, local authorities need flexibility to meet their public health priorities at the local level.”

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