The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) is to develop a set of national standards for the care and support of children using health and social care services.

It is the first time a set of standards focusing on "the needs of a whole population" across the services is being drawn up by HIQA.

The standards will set out the responsibilities of both health and social care providers when they are working to care for and support children.

In 2018, HIQA committed to the development of National Standards for Children's Social Services.

During that process, the health watchdog recognised that there was opportunity to develop standards to support improvements in all health and social care services working with children.

HIQA will undertake an evidence review to inform the development of the standards.