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Dental Health: Children

Question for Department of Health

UIN HL3774, tabled on 2 December 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 31 October (HL Deb, col 427), what work Public Health England has undertaken to look into the possibility of adopting an English version of Scotland's Childsmile scheme; and when a decision on this can be expected.

Answered on

15 December 2016

Public Health England (PHE) is working to support local authorities who have lead responsibility for commissioning oral health improvement programmes. PHE has recently published toolkits to support the implementation of programmes similar to those in Childsmile and is working locally to support their implementation, including the Local authorities improving oral health: commissioning better oral health for children and young people - An evidence-informed toolkit for local authorities, and Improving oral health: A toolkit to support commissioning of supervised toothbrushing programmes in early years and school settings. Copies of both these toolkits are attached. PHE has also published the Return on investment of oral health interventions tool. This is an online-only toolkit which supports local authorities to model return on investment.