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New guidance on the health and well-being of children welcomed

Published: 20.03.15

Adoption UK’s Chief Executive, Hugh Thornbery, welcomed new guidance issued jointly by the Department for Education and Department of Health this week.
New guidance on the health and well-being of children welcomed

The statutory guidance, aimed at local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and NHS England, replaces the Statutory Guidance on Promoting the Health and Well-being of Looked After Children, 2009.

Hugh said: "All Looked After Children have suffered the loss of being separated from their birth parents. Many have also experienced neglect and/or abuse in those families.

We welcome this new guidance as it addresses some of the issues parents raise with us in accessing joined up services. We have been campaigning for adopted children to have priority access to Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) from 'adoption aware' professionals and that adoptive families can access the appropriate pre- and post adoption support when they need it."

Adopted children's early experiences can lead to emotional, behavioural, educational and developmental difficulties which in turn may affect their mental health and well being.

Mr Thornbery added: "Greater understanding, cohesive and joined-up approaches to commissioning and planning of services and earlier interventions for Looked After Children will lead to more positive long-term outcomes."

The guidance can be accessed from the Gov.uk website.