Autism clinical part 2: the hidden disability

In the second of a two-part series, journalist Colleen Shannon takes a fresh look at Asperger syndrome, and asks how you can offer understanding and support.

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.

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.

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.

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