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Exploring Glasgow parents’ views of the Equal Protection from Assault Bill

Christopher Sweeney, health visitor, and public health lecturer William Spence used mixed methods research to explore the views of Glasgow parents on the proposed Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill in order to inform the work of health visitors and other professionals working with families.

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Pay deal year two: the breakdown

Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, Unite national officer for health, looks at NHS England terms and conditions, and safe staffing levels across the UK.

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Big story: credit crunch

Universal Credit – the new system which rolls six other benefits into a single monthly payment – has been controversial from the outset. What impact is it having on families, and what do community practitioners need to be aware of? Journalist Juliette Astrup reports.

Psychological Support for Staff on the Rapid Response Team: Reflecting on Practice

Fiona Finlay, Anna Baverstock and Jackie MacCallam considered the need for coping strategies by rapid response teams following the death of a child.

Research: the role of the HV in accident prevention

Ruth Rushton, Mike Bellis and Deborah Haydock carried out a study to highlight health visitors’ training, knowledge, attitudes and practice in preventing accidents. 

Strengthening child-parent relationships


Understanding Your Child’s Behaviour (UYCB):

Evaluating a Solihull Approach face-to-face 10-week group for parents.

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Health visitor feedback on a structured, behavioural training for working with families of children with behaviour problems

Margiad Williams and Judy Hutchings questioned HVs who delivered a skills programme for parents to effectively address behavioural problems. 

The mother-infant bond: A systematic review of research that includes mothers’ subjective experience of the relationship

Elizabeth Milne, Sally Johnson, Gill Waters and Neil Small explored mothers’ interpretations of their infants’ behaviour, and the impact of ‘mind-mindedness’, or treating a baby as an individual with a mind. 

An integrated targeted intervention to prevent obesity in infants born into a diverse community

Julie Greenway, Lynne Thompson and Sally Cornfield explore whether a nutrition and healthy-living course for mothers could influence three misleading beliefs that can lead to childhood obesity.

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.

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Evaluating group work for supporting the emotional wellbeing of young people in care

Una Foye, Emily Satinsky, Camilla Rosan and Josefien Breedvelt examine the My Life, My Future programme that was set up to boost the emotional wellbeing and resilience of looked-after young people.

Evaluating the impact of the 5 pillars of parenting programme: A novel parenting intervention for Muslim families

Universal parenting intervention courses often fail to recruit and retain Muslim families. Kathryn Thomson, Hanan Hussein, Kathleen Roche-Nagi and Ruth Butterworth evaluated the impact of the faith-based Five Pillars of Parenting programme.

What factors influence mothers in the UK and Ireland to wean their infants before six months of age?

An exploration of the mental health needs of asylum seeking women and children in the UK: implications for health visiting practice

This literature review by Robert Dransfield and Liz Clark explores the issues surrounding the mental health and wellbeing of asylum seekers in the UK as it relates to health visiting practice.

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Preventing teenage pregnancy through home-based sexual healthcare: a qualitative study of practitioners’ experiences

Catriona Jones and her colleagues use practitioners’ perspectives to evaluate a sexual health service designed to prevent second unplanned teenage pregnancy.

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