Published: 21/03/2002, Volume II2, No. 5797 Page 8

Public health minister Yvette Cooper has announced that the new external working groups established to formulate a national service framework for children will include representatives of children's organisations and user groups.The groups will use existing networks, as well as developing new ones to talk directly with children, young people and parents.The Department of Health says that as specific standards are agreed, an overall 'sounding board'will be needed.

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