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Camden Health Visiting Service achieves Stage 2 UNICEF Baby Friendly award

25 July 2019

The CNWL Camden Health Visiting Service has been awarded the Stage 2 Baby Friendly award following an assessment visit by UNICEF earlier this month.

The service work across the Camden Borough has been praised for ‘a positive approach towards implementing the Baby Friendly standards and consistently displaying enthusiasm and commitment’.

UNICEF assessors drew highlights from the report says:  “The assessment revealed the staff are equipped with the knowledge and skills to implement Baby Friendly standards to support parents to have close and loving relationships with their baby, promote breastfeeding and support mothers with feeding their baby.

Smita Hanciles (center) with UNICEF assessors

The level of knowledge demonstrated by the staff interviewed was of an exceptional standard. It was clear to the assessors that not only did they have the skills and background understanding, but it was evident by the way they explained and communicated this knowledge that this is part of their day to day practice. The sensitivity and compassion displayed is particularly commended.”

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Jonathan Freedman, Inner London Universal Children's Service Manager is delighted at receiving the recognition from UNICEF.

Jonathan said: “We think that the feedback we have received reflects the levels of care and commitment shown to women by our Health Visiting and Baby Feeding Team.

Significant thanks go to Smita Hanciles, the Camden Project Lead for UNICEF BFI and Baby Feeding whose expertise, enthusiasm and very high standards have been the main drivers for achieving this award.

We look forward to working in partnership with the Early Years’ Service at London Borough of Camden as we work towards achieving our Level 3 accreditation.”

The service work across several sites in Camden

The Baby Friendly Initiative is a worldwide programme of the World Health Organisation and UNICEF. We work with UK public services to protect, promote and support breastfeeding and to strengthen mother-baby and family relationships.