Creature comfort

Our pets make us smile and laugh – but they might also help improve the health of the nation. Should CPs be making greater use of animal-assisted therapy?

Is there a crisis of childhood?

Children in the UK are buckling as a result of unprecedented social pressures, political turmoil and a void in government policies that should keep them safe and well, says a recent report. Journalist Jo Waters asks what can be done to help avert a crisis.

The first 1000 days

Jane Barlow says we need new sorts of evidence to enable CPs to play their role in equalising the life chances of all children and giving them the best start in life.

Plug in and learn something new

Podcasts are a brilliant bite-size way to deliver information to an audience. Health visitor Amy Dobson reveals how you can benefit from podcasting, as a listener or contributor.

Putting children at the heart of policy

Sally Star explores the emergence of ground-breaking Welsh legislation and public health strategies on keeping the nation’s children safe.

Are you in?

Discover all you need to know about this year’s Unite-CPHVA Annual Professional Conference.

What do you see?

Negative body image is an issue for children and adults alike. What’s the impact, and how can you help? Journalist Anna Scott reports.

The lay of the land

Community practitioners working in remote and rural areas face a rather different set of challenges from those in town. Journalist Radhika Holmström investigates country CP life. 

Shining a light

Health visitors working in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales face a range of both unique and shared challenges that are impacting practice. Journalist Anna Scott highlights the reality across the UK.

The big story: slipping through the net

With the number of health visitors falling and those that remain carrying ever greater caseloads, there is a real risk of missing contact with vulnerable children. But what can be done to mitigate that risk?

On the edge

The suicide rate in the UK may be going down, but three times more men than women took their own life last year. Journalist Sarah Campbell asks what’s going on and how you can make a difference.

HV caseload crunch

Dave Munday, lead professional officer at Unite, looks at how inflated caseloads are causing health visitors in England to struggle.

Bringing period policy up to date

Working women are expected to cope unsupported with period problems. Journalist Juliette Astrup looks at ending the stigma of periods at work and asks if taking time off could be the answer.

The future of practice

How might current and future technology developments impact on the way you carry out your work now and in the future? And how could this affect your clients? Journalist Peter Crush reports.

Holding on to primary healthcare nurses

Sue Randall and Tonia Crawford describe a programme in Sydney, Australia, that helps to recruit and retain community health nursing students.

Supplementary benefits for teens?

As a rise in the use of supplements among children – especially teens – is observed in the US, journalist Helen Bird looks at whether it’s a trend we’re likely to see in the UK and how you can help to address it.

Youth violence: a fighting chance

Why is knife and other youth violence on such an upward trajectory, and can a public health approach, which is being hailed as the answer, really help? Journalist Phil Harris investigates.

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