Assessment for Baby Friendly accreditation takes place in several stages. For more information about each stage, click on the text below or choose from the menu on the left.
Click on the image above for a link to the staged approach diagram.
Register of intent
It is important that you register your intention of working towards Baby Friendly accreditation with UNICEF as soon as possible.
The Baby Friendly Initiative provides implementation visits so that a Baby Friendly assessor can work with staff to develop an action plan that is suitable for local needs.
Certificate of Commitment
A certificate of commitment is the first award given by UNICEF in recognition that a provider has a breastfeeding policy, an action plan to achieve Baby Friendly accreditation and the commitment to implement the plan.
Stage 1 focuses on the development of required mechanisms to enable the breastfeeding policy to be implemented and maintained.
Stage 2 involves providing education for all clinical staff, as appropriate to their role.
At Stage 3, the focus is on ensuring that the Baby Friendly standards are implemented for all pregnant women and new mothers.
How long Baby Friendly accreditation lasts for and how re-assessment works.
Donations to UNICEF UK do not fund the Baby Friendly Initiative, the expenses of the Baby Friendly Initiative are covered by the costs of training and assessment. No element of profit for UNICEF or the baby friendly initiative is included in these costs. © 2010 UNICEF UK.