Developing an action plan
In order to plan effectively for the implementation of the Baby Friendly standards, it is important to develop a logically ordered, achievable action plan. Action plan templates are available to support you with this.
The Baby Friendly Initiative also provides the option of an implementation visit so that a Baby Friendly assessor can work with staff to develop an action plan that is suitable for local needs (please note that implementation visits are not offered to universities).
At this visit, a Baby Friendly assessor will make an introductory presentation for the head of service and other key staff, then will facilitate an action planning meeting with key workers (lasting approximately three hours) which will enable the development of a structured action plan.
After the visit, the assessor is available to provide extra support and guidance via phone and email as the action plan is implemented.
A joint implementation visit can be arranged for services planning to work towards Baby Friendly accreditation together. We can also arrange an implementation visit covering a full local authority area. Download the implementation visit guidance for further details.