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Legal directions for child measurement programme

The national child measurement programme (NCMP) provides high-quality, reliable data on child overweight and obesity levels and trends. This data is used to improve understanding of overweight and obesity in children and is useful in forming national policy and planning and commissioning of services at local level.

With the transition of responsibility for public health to local authorities in the future the role of the NCMP in providing local data and intelligence on child obesity prevalence and trends will become even more essential. During the interim, responsibility for delivery of the NCMP will remain with PCTs. The Department of Health has published legal directions to enable the NHS Information Centre and PCTs to continue to process statistical data gathered for the NCMP.