Vaughan Gething, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services
I welcome the publication of the first official statistics in relation to the Healthy Child Wales Programme, a universal health programme for all families with children aged 0-7.
The Healthy Child Wales Programme sets out what planned contacts children and their families can expect from their health boards, from maternity service handover to the first years of schooling. These universal contacts focus on three main themes: screening; immunisation; and monitoring and supporting child development.
The statistics, covering the period October 2016 – June 2018, demonstrate the value of having a consistent set of contacts for all children across Wales as they indicate a general steady increase in the percentage of children receiving contacts at each contact point since the start of the programme in 2016. The repeated contact with health professionals at these various points will help ensure children get the best possible start in life.
The full statistics can be accessed on the Welsh Government website Statistics and Research page.