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Personal Child Health Record (The Red Book)
The first personal child health record "red book" in its current format was produced by Harlow Printing in 1994. The UK has had a national standard hand held personal child health record since 2004. Although there is a "national standard," there are many local variants.



Core Standard 3 of the National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services requires that "Primary Care Trusts introduce a Personal Child Health Record based on national guidance, supplemented by local information, compiled after local service user consultation."[1]

National Standard PCHR June 2012 revision and summary of the revisions
National Standard PCHR 2009 revision See also Rupert Fawdry's comments (2010)
National Standard PCHR 2006 Update including links to downloads
Review of the Personal Child Health Record (Red Book) Briefing April 2011


Scottish Government CEL 49 (2009) December 2009
Red Book pre-test Summary Report. NHS Health Scotland, August 2009
Report from the consultation with health professionals and parents with learning disabilities on the revised National Personal Child Health Record. NHS Health Scotland, July 2009

Northern Ireland

  • Northern Ireland Personal Child Health Record
2010 edition
General Practice Professional Guidance 2010
Professional Guidance for Hospital and community staff providing maternity, midwifery, neonatal, paediatric, AHP, A&E and social services 2010
2007 edition

Special Inserts

  • The British Association of Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) publishes a carer-held child health record booklet (2008) to complement the Personal Child Health Record (Red Book), available for purchase from BAAF.

Digital Red Book

The ePCHR initiative - digitising the red Book using Microsoft HealthVault - eRedbook is available at or

Red Book Research

  • Walton S, Bedford H. Parents' use and views of the national standard Personal Child Health Record: a survey in two primary care trusts. Child Care Health Dev. 2007 Nov;33(6):744-8. PubMed Abstract
  • Walton S, Bedford H, Dezateux C; Millennium Cohort Study Child Health Group. Use of personal child health records in the UK: findings from the millennium cohort study. BMJ 2006; 332 doi: 10.1136/bmj.332.7536.269. Free full text via BMJ website or via PubMed Central
  • Wright CM, Reynolds L. How widely are personal child health records used and are they effective health education tools? A comparison of two records. Child Care Health Dev. 2006 Jan;32(1):55-61. PubMed Abstract
  • Hampshire AJ, Blair ME, Crown NS, Avery AJ, Williams EI. Variation in how mothers, health visitors and general practitioners use the personal child health record. Child Care Health Dev. 2004 Jul;30(4):307-16. PubMed Abstract


  1. Department of Health (2007). National Service Framework for Children Young People and Maternity Services: Core Standards. Standard 3: Child Young Person and Family-centred Services. [online] available from

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