The World Health Organisation has published the first internationally agreed code for assessing the health of children and youth in the context of stages of development and the environment.

The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health for Children and Youth aims to confirm the importance of precise descriptions of children's health status.

The rapid growth and changes that occur in first two decades of life had previously not been sufficiently captured according to the organisation. The launch of the classification addresses this important developmental period with greater detail.

It is hoped the new standardised coding system will assist clinicians, educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers and parents to document and measure the important growth, health and development characteristics of children and youth.

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