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The Children’s National Service Framework (NSF) for Wales

The development of the Children’s NSF for Wales commenced in September 2002 and aims to improve quality and equity of service delivery through the setting of national standards for health and social care for all children and young people. A close working relationship is being forged with colleagues in education and the voluntary sector, as multi-agency collaborative working is a key theme in this NSF. Emphasis is being placed on holistic assessment of children in the context of their family and the wider community in order to target services based on their need and empower them to make decisions about the care that they receive. The aim of the Children’s NSF is that:

"All children and young people achieve optimum health and well being and are supported in fulfilling their potential."

The framework will be similar to the model developed by the Department of Health in England with the setting up of six modules to take the work forward:

" Healthy children & young people;

  • Mental health & psychological well being of children & young people;

  • Disabled children & young people;

  • Maternity;

  • Children & young people in special circumstances;

  • Children & young people suffering from acute and chronic illness or injury.

External Working Groups (EWGs) have been established for each module, and five of these groups have begun the work of standard setting. By early March 2003 all six EWGs will be running concurrently. Stakeholders, including parents/ carers, children and young people will be involved in an informal consultation process throughout the development of standards. A formal consultation on all of the standards developed will take place in the summer of 2003.

For more information contact on Tel. 029 20 82 6563