Why can't dad come home?

Health visitors Jo Lamb and Mel Griffiths on innovating practice to deliver the Healthy Child Wales Programme to fathers in prison.

Understanding autism

In the first of a two-part series, journalist Colleen Shannon asks how well we are supporting autistic children and their families.

Better together

Health visitor Alison Spiro looks at three local authorities in England that provide integrated pathways between hospital and community services for breastfeeding support.

The sticking point

An action plan to help your client when the odds are stacked against you is more important than ever, writes journalist Erin Dean, especially with harder-to-access services and CP staffing issues. 

Let's end the postcode lottery

New research calls for five key actions to help community practitioners support women and families living with perinatal mental illness in Northern Ireland. Caroline Cunningham and Susan Galloway discuss.

One of your own

Safeguarding nurse Caroline Waldron explores the role of the health practitioner as a corporate parent for looked-after children and care leavers, identifying practical steps.

Closing the word gap

Wendy Nicholson MBE explains how Public Health England and the Department for Education are working to equip socially disadvantaged children with the speech, language and communication needs they require to fulfil their true potential.

Breastfeeding: what's blocking the message?

What’s being done (and what can be done) to improve low breastfeeding rates around the UK? Journalist Radhika Holmström investigates.

24 hours with Clare Henderson

Clare is a peripatetic HV for the charity SSAFA, providing services in Cyprus to military and entitled civilian families.

24 hours with Alimatu Dimonekene

Alimatu is lead advocate for ProjectACEi – a community group who advocate, educate and engage communities to end FGM. Twitter: @ProjectACEi

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.

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