child screening programme

Development & behaviour

Every child is different. They develop physically, mentally and emotionally at their own rate. Although there are milestones of child development, these are only guides.

Read more about children's behaviour on the NHS website.

UK NSC screening recommendation Based on the last UK NSC review of this condition that occurred in May 2005.

Screening is not currently recommended for this condition.

Screening for developmental and behavioural problems is not currently recommended. This is because:

  • there is not a suitable screening test
  • there is not enough evidence that screening would be beneficial to children
  • it is difficult to tell which children would benefit from treatment and whether this treatment would be successful

Supporting documents from the 2005 review

Evidence summary developmental and behavioural problems (2005)
This document provides the evidence on which the current UK NSC recommendation is based.

Review cycle

Date previous review completed: 2005

Next review estimated to be completed: 2021 to 2022.

To see previous evidence reviews, visit the UK NSC archive.

Organisations interested in Development & behaviour

These organisations have expressed interest in this recommendation and may submit responses to evidence reviews.

List of organisations

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