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England: more HV checks for at-risk families, says Commissioner

07 December 2018

15,800 babies under the age of one are considered by local authorities to be vulnerable and at risk from harm, but still living at home

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At-risk families need more than the current statutory minimum of five health checks, says Anne Longfield, children’s commissioner for England.

A report by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, A crying shame, found that 15,800 babies under the age of one are considered by local authorities to be vulnerable and at risk of harm, but still living at home.

Health visitors can be a safety net, suggests the report, and ‘may be the only professionals to see a baby regularly in the vulnerable early months’.

The report also recommends improvement in referral pathways from health visitors to other health professionals and children’s services. It also calls for close monitoring of the adequacy of provision of health visitors now that funding for them has transferred to local authorities.

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