Voice of the Infant Best Practice Guidelines and Infant Pledge

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Voice of the Infant Best Practice Guidelines and Infant Pledge

Published in 22nd of March 2023

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Contributors

Author: The Scottish Government

Publisher: APS Group Scotland

Date: 2023

Geographic Coverage: England

Type of Resource: Report

Sector/setting: Government

Vulnerable groups: Children, Young People

Developed with children and young people? No

Type of participation: Consultations With Children

Availability: Open Access

Keywords:  Case study, Infant, Best Practices, Mental Health  

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Introduction

The Voice of the Infant Best Practice Guidelines and Infant Pledge have been coproduced by a short-life working group, on behalf of the Infant Mental Health Implementation and Advisory Group, which is part of the Scottish Government’s Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Programme Board.

The intention is to provide guidance on how to take account of infants’ views and rights in all encounters they may have with professionals in statutory or third sector services, or in public spaces such as shops, libraries or galleries.

This guidance is primarily written for all those who come into contact with babies and very young children through their work in community settings and nurseries, and in education, third sector, health and social services, both general and specialist. They can support infants to be active participants in these services, and inform the care
and decisions that affect them. It may also be of interest to a wider audience including policy makers and families.