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Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 24th March 2022.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department will take in response to low levels of delivery of health visiting mandated contacts in some local authority areas.

Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Local authorities are responsible for commissioning public health services for children aged 0 to five years of age. Expectations for health visiting mandated reviews are supported by commissioning and professional guidance. Commissioners and providers may wish to consider development of recovery plans in partnership with other agencies, including monitoring and evaluation. Recovery planning should also consider household vulnerability in prioritising the support provided to families.

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