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S5W-10627: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many preschool health checks have taken place in each local authority in each year since 1999, also expressed as a percentage of the school roll.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 1 September 2017

This information is not held centrally by the Scottish Government

The 2005 universal core program, Health for All Children (Hall 4) sets out the minimum routine screening, surveillance and health promotion checks which all children and young people should receive. A New Look at Hall 4 (2011) sets out the way forward for the successful delivery of Health for All Children (Hall 4) in the early years. This now requires to be delivered in the context of duties and provisions set out in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, supporting guidance and the Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) policy. The programme set out in Hall 4 can be delivered by any member of the primary care or wider Child Health Support Team, including General Practitioners, Family Nurses, Early Years Support Workers or Health Visitors.

The Universal Health Visiting Pathway, published in October 2015, outlines a core home visiting programme as a minimum standard to be offered to all families with pre-school children. The programme consists of 11 home visits to all families, 8 of which are in the first year of life. It also sets out 3 Child Health Reviews between 13 -15 months, 27-30 months and 4-5 years. We expect full implementation of the universal health visiting pathway by 2020.

The 27-30 month review, introduced in April 2013 is offered to every child in Scotland reaching the appropriate age. The most recent publication of statistics on the child health 27-30 month review was published in February 2017. Figures for 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 are provided in the accompanying excel workbooks.