Northern Ireland: Healthy child, healthy future is published

11 January 2021

The Department of Health has published Healthy child, healthy future: health review statistics for Northern Ireland 2019/20.

The annual publication details the Healthy Child, Healthy Future framework, and the number and timing of pre-school health contacts completed between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020.

Health visitors were expected to carry out 137,141 contacts to cover the six reviews for children across Northern Ireland.

Around 91% of the reviews were completed: 82% within the recommended timeframe and 9% outside it. About 9% of the reviews did not take place.

The publication does not collect information on why reviews weren’t completed. However, a 2017 audit pointed at workforce issues and parental wishes as among the main reasons.

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