Health visitors

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The role of sexual health nurses in identifying child sexual exploitation

Ann Marie Sangster, Dr Maureen Crowley, and Amanda McGrandles explore sexual health nurses’ perceptions of their role in the identification of children and young people at risk of sexual exploitation, using an interpretivist generic qualitative approach.

Climate change: a public health emergency?

An unhealthy planet means unhealthy people too, with high impact predictions on health for all unless everyone takes action. Environmental journalist Mary Griffin reports.

GDPR: the transfer of data power

New data protection laws came into force across Europe last month, with major implications for how organisations gather and process personal information. Journalist Juliette Astrup looks at why this matters to you.

Home is where the hurt is

Accidents at home are a leading cause of preventable death for children under five. Katrina Phillips, chief executive of the Child Accident Prevention Trust, asks how you should teach families to avoid harm in the home.

Child protection: joining up the dots

Many agencies bear responsibility, but the safeguarding of children can still fall short. Are local authority cutbacks solely to blame or do other barriers prevent a fully joined-up approach between health and social services? Journalist Helen Bird investigates.

Identifying café au lait spots

How can you identify café au lait spots (CALs) and support parents of children with neurofibromatosis type 1? Health visitor Leah Sweeney explains.

Mapping maternal mental health services

Dr Alain Gregoire of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance calls for an end to the postcode lottery and the roll-out of perinatal mental health units across the UK.

SLCN - communication breakdown

Many children with speech and language difficulties are slipping through the net, writes journalist John Windell.

24 hours with Clare Henderson

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

Conference - don't miss out

Unite’s head of health Sarah Carpenter advises you on how to fund your attendance at the Unite-CPHVA annual professional conference.

Your rights - speaking up

Unite were among the thousands of union members and campaigners who marched to demand a new deal for working people.

The big question: could automation replace health visitor jobs?

Three members give their views on whether automation is good or bad for the profession.

Will Brexit be bad for our health?

As the implications of the UK’s departure from the EU become clearer, journalist Juliette Astrup examines what happens to medical research, as fears are raised that the end of an EU-wide approach could harm patients and public health.

General anaesthetic in children linked to arrested development

A study of more than 210,000 children has found that those exposed to general anaesthesia before the age of four were more likely to fare worse at school than their unexposed peers.

Use of paracetamol in pregnancy increases risk of ADHD and autism

Pregnant women who take paracetamol are up to 30% more likely to have children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research suggests.

Children outperform endurance athletes in recovery

Researchers have discovered how young children can run around all day without getting tired.

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