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The UK NSC recommendation on Developmental and behavioural problems screening in children

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended
Last review completed May 2005
Next review due in 2013/14
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The Child Health Sub-Group of the UK NSC reported to the UK NSC in December 1999 that "screening for these complex developmental conditions does not meet the UK NSC criteria".


The Child Health Sub-Group emphasised that this does not mean that these are unimportant problems, but that other approaches had to be used to prevent and mitigate these problems and their effects.


Find general information about population health screening.

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Every child is different. They develop physically, mentally and emotionally at their own rate, leading to a wide range of what can be considered appropriate. Although there are milestones of child development, these are really only approximate guidelines.

» Read more about children's behaviour on NHS Choices


The British Psychological Society
Faculty of Public Health
Institute of Child Health
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

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