Sex education: how to really do it

Children are growing up in a confusing world of online sex and modern gender norms, says Anna Scott. They require relevant, up-to-date sex education to keep them safe from harm and able to form healthy relationships.

Celebrate your role

#HVweek, which runs from 21 to 25 August this year, is the perfect time to champion the teams working hard to bring the best possible services to children and families, says Obi Amadi.

Creating a community of learning and practice

Fiona Cuthill, Judith Anderson and Alison Shiel share their experiences of increasing capacity, quality and learning skills in health visiting practice.

Sorry: the most powerful or hardest word?

Many of us struggle with apologising, says John Windell, but in a professional context the impact of saying sorry is greater than you may realise.

Protecting against radicalisation

Anna Scott offers a practical guide for community practitioners, now that preventing people being drawn into terrorism forms a vital part of the safeguarding role.

Self-sufficiency at any age

The number of over-85s in Britain is set to soar in the next few decades. With the right support and care, they can stay healthy and independent. Vivien Hollis of the Active Ageing Service in Bath demonstrates how.

Young fathers talk abuse

Domestic violence is a factor in 60% of serious case reviews, and over a third of abuse cases start or get worse when a woman is pregnant. Now, as Siobhan West explains, a pioneering initiative is working with young fathers who have been abusive towards their partners to look at ways of changing their behaviour.

Perinatal mental health: creating new horizons

As public health services remain under threat, the case for a joined-up approach has never been stronger. Jenny Thompson describes a collaborative project in Somerset that’s improving perinatal mental health outcomes.

Health visiting support: raising the bar

In response to heightened needs in Devon, a programme of intensive health visiting is delivering tailored early interventions to vulnerable families. Victoria Howard, Lee Beardsmore and Elaine O’Flaherty from the Virgin Care team describe the project.

Value-added care

Jo Ward and Janet Durrans describe a project to implement integrated clinical supervision at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which has resulted in better outcomes for staff and patients alike.

Video interaction: another point of view

When it comes to mental health, prevention is key. Janice Toyne and Clare Dhanushan describe how a video-based intervention is successfully enhancing communication between parents and their babies.

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