Health visitors

What does a health visitor do?

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.

Wet wipes could contribute to childhood food allergies

A soapy substance found in wet wipes could leave children more vulnerable to developing allergies, new research shows.

Depression in mothers impacts child’s IQ

A mother’s depression negatively impacts her child’s cognitive development, a study has found.

Curious children do better in maths and reading

Curious children are better able to grasp basic maths and reading, a study has suggested.

Wales: NHS bursary to continue

The NHS bursary is to be extended for another year in Wales, health secretary Vaughan Gething has confirmed.

Northern Ireland: health strategy – a new way forward

A long-term strategy for Northern Ireland’s health and social care workforce has been unveiled, alongside investment into nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals in the province.

England: Labour plans extra HV check for babies

Labour would introduce an additional health visitor check for babies at three to four months if elected, the shadow health secretary has announced.

Scotland: HV vacancy rates on the rise

‘The SNP should come clean about progress on this target and explain how it’s going to secure the additional 500 health visitors it promised’

England: help for children of alcoholics

200,000 The number of children with alcohol-dependent parents who could benefit from the new measures

Wales: health boards overspend by £163m

Four health boards will have overspent by a total of almost £163m at the end of this financial year.

Wales: a quarter of four- and five-year-olds are obese or overweight

Up to 25% of children aged four and five in Wales are obese or overweight.