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National service framework for children: Framework shows a new vision of health, in life

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 18 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1239
  1. Woody Caan (, professor of public health
  1. APU, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1SQ

    EDITOR—Lachman and Vickers grasp both the context and the opportunity of the national service framework for children.1 Before the framework, the Children's Tsar saw the fundamental constraint on change: “The English don't value childhood.”2 But in terms of poor adult health, lifecourse research has consistently shown that the environment, experience, and capacity for learning in …

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