Accreditation statistics and awards table

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Find out how many services across the UK are accredited, as well as the progress of individual units.

Awards table

Look up individual services to find out their progress towards becoming Baby Friendly.

2018 awards

To date in 2018 we have awarded:

  • 6 Certificates of Commitment
  • 6 Stage 1 accreditations
  • 2 Stage 2 accreditations
  • 7 full accreditations and 18 re-accreditations

2017 awards

In 2017 we awarded:

  • 20 Certificates of Commitment
  • 24 Stage 1 accreditations
  • 23 Stage 2 accreditations
  • 27 full accreditations and 81 re-accreditations
  • 3 all-new GOLD AWARDS!

Overall engagement

There are currently 92% of maternity services and 89% of health visiting services working towards Baby Friendly accreditation. In Universities there are 73% of Midwifery programmes and 20% of Health Visiting programmes working towards the award.

Overall full accreditations

In the UK the percentage of services with full Baby Friendly accreditation are:

  • 61% of maternity services
  • 66% of health visiting services
  • Universities: 44% of Midwifery courses; 13% Health visiting courses
  • We are delighted that 14 children’s centres and 5 neonatal units have also achieved full, independent accreditation.

Births taking place in fully accredited hospitals

  • England 58%
  • Northern Ireland 100%
  • Scotland 100%/94%*
  • Wales 79%

*All hospitals in Scotland achieved Baby Friendly accreditation, however one unit requires a follow up assessment

Page last updated: 10 April 2018.
This page is updated quarterly; for any further details or queries please email the Baby Friendly office.

Stages of accreditation

No current information

Facilities that have not contacted Unicef UK to engage with the Baby Friendly accreditation process.

Intent registered

Facilities that have registered their intention to work towards accreditation but have not yet requested any assessments. This means that Unicef UK has no information about the standard of care they provide.

Certificate of Commitment

A certificate to mark the facility’s commitment to work towards Baby Friendly accreditation.  This involves writing an action plan and infant feeding policy and will usually follow an implementation visit by a Baby Friendly assessor.

Stage 1 Accreditation

The facility has created policies and procedures to support the implementation of the standards and these have been externally assessed by Unicef UK and found to be adequate. For universities, the curriculum, lesson plans, teaching aids and materials for students are assessed.

Stage 2 Accreditation

The facility has educated their staff to implement the Baby Friendly standards and been externally assessed by Unicef UK. This assessment involves interviewing a random sample of staff (of all grades) to assess their knowledge and skills and checking the curriculum, training records and internal audit results.

For universities, a sample of students who have undertaken the course for which accreditation is being sought are interviewed to ascertain whether they have the skills and knowledge to practice in line with Baby Friendly standards. University courses are accredited following a successful Stage 2 assessment.

Stage 3 leading to full accreditation

The facility has implemented the Baby Friendly standards and has been externally assessed by Unicef UK. This assessment involves interviewing mothers about the care they have received and reviewing policies, guidance and internal audits.

Full Accreditation - Re-accredited

Accreditation lasts for 2 years after which a re-assessment of all the standards takes place. Subsequently re-assessments take place every 1-5 years depending on how well the facility is deemed to be maintaining the standards.

Accreditation suspended

Suspension occurs following the re-assessment of an accredited facility where care was found to be below the standard required. Suspension lasts up to 12 months and is to allow the facility to improve care prior to another re-assessment.

Re-assessment pending

A scheduled reassessment has not taken place due to significant issues within the facility for example; re-organisation, re-location or serious illness of a key member of staff or due to challenges with university curriculum re-validation cycles.

Further assessment required

Several criteria at re-assessment have not been met and a further re-assessment is required to take place before the award can be confirmed.

Scroll through for selected photos of newly accredited and re-accredited facilities from 2016 and 2017.  We would love to hear the story of how you achieved full Baby Friendly accreditation. To submit, please email us at bfi@unicef.org.uk, with the following information: unit name, date of accreditation, details of the biggest challenge you faced and your proudest moment in your accreditation journey, along with a photo.

Peterborough Maternity Unit
University of Wolverhampton (Midwifery)
University of Manchester (Midwifery)
North East London Foundation Trust Community Services (Redbridge)
University of Northampton
Northampton General Hospital
Lancashire Care Foundation Trust East and Central Lancashire Children and Family Health Service
Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust
Birmingham Women’s Hospital
King's Mill Hospital
Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Torbay and South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Southmead Hospital
Royal Stoke University Hospital