The new updated Child Health Promotion Programme : Pregnancy and the first five years of life (CHPP) builds on the children’s National Service Framework and is intended to provide preventative services tailored to the individual needs of children and families, acting as a best practice guide for children’s services.
It aims to:
- provide greater emphasis on promoting the health and well-being of children in the early stages – pregnancy and the first five years of life
- support a model of progressive universalism – a core programme for all children, with additional services for children and families with particular needs and risks
- encourage partnership working between different agencies on local service development (e.g. general practice and children’s centres)
- focus services on changing public health priorities – obesity, breast feeding, social and emotional development
The CHPP is a valuable tool for supporting commissioners to meet obligations on breast-feeding, obesity prevention, infant mortality and the 12-week antenatal assessment. This high quality programme will help meet these vital requirements, but also help to improve general health and well-being among children and families in the community.