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SOUTHEND Council’s Health Visiting Service has been praised by UNICEF.
The international children’s organisation ranked the council’s team – which visits new mothers and their babies – as ‘baby friendly’.
The classification is given to services which UNICEF feels are ‘showing best practice standards’ for ‘mother and baby care’.
The ‘Baby Friendly Initiative’ (BFI) was introduced in the UK in 1994 and is recognised by Government.
The council’s service had already been given the award, but retained it after the recent reassessment.
Erin Brennan-Douglas, the council’s senior public health principal, said: “Having confirmation that we are still following best practice by retaining the BFI shows the hard work and dedication of the Health Visiting Service team.
“Thank you to all staff and parents who were involved during the assessment.”
The council will be assessed again in 2021.