Children and young people’s continuing care national framework

Process for assessing, deciding and agreeing continuing care for children with complex health needs.



This guidance is for clinical commissioning groups when assessing the needs of children and young people (0 to 17 years) whose complex needs cannot be met by universal or specialist health services.

The ‘Decision support tool’, which should be used with the framework, provides a structure to help in reaching a decision.

The guide for young people and parents is for use by local health organisations who can add their own contact details.

A network has also been established on NHS Networks for anyone working in this field, to share information, good practice, or seek advice on difficult issues from colleagues. Once you have registered, request to join on the children and young people’s continuing care network page (click on ‘join this network’ when on the page).

The updated framework follows a public consultation. Comments and suggestions received in the consultation are reflected in the new framework.

Published 22 January 2016