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.

A postive note

Research is now exploring the link beween singing and better health more rigorously, says journalist Rima Evans. 

A lifeline for struggling parents

Carole Sutton looks at the evidence on parent training programmes delivered by phone and internet to support troubled young children.

Eczema: soothing soreness

Recent research has cast doubt over the use of additive bath oils to treat childhood eczema. Journalist John Windell asks what the best advice is to give parents now.

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.

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