Silent sadness: the truth about paternal PND

Postnatal depression in fathers and the effects on childhood development need urgent attention as too many men are suffering in silence, says health visitor Helen Knapman.

Tooth decay: down in the mouth

Tooth decay remains a persistent problem across the UK, especially among children, writes journalist John Windell, so what can put the sparkle back in the nation’s smile?

The tools to assess neglect

Identifying problems with the care of a child poses challenges for health visitors. Dawn Hodson and Natalie Cummings discuss how the Graded Care Profile 2 tool can aid you in your assessments and help your relationship with a family.

Set the record straight

Clear and accurate record-keeping is vital to support the effective delivery of care and defend against litigation, writes journalist Anna Scott. Is it being given the priority it deserves ?

Growing pains

Hannah Warwick looks at supporting disabled young people through the transition from children’s to
adult services.

The path to positive learning

Good-quality placements enhance student nurses’ understanding of illness in the community. Amy Noakes highlights how all parties can build beneficial learning opportunities.

Premature babies: a new type of care

More premature babies are surviving, but with complex health needs. Community practitioners play a vital role in giving support, says journalist Anna Scott.

Lost in translation

In a multilingual society and with interpreters in short supply, should children act as their parents’ language brokers with health professionals – even if they have embarrassing or taboo conditions? George Guiton, James Dunne and Fiona Finlay explore the issues.

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.

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