From ‘public health’ to ‘safeguarding children’ : British health visiting in policy, practice and research

PECKOVER, Sue (2013). From ‘public health’ to ‘safeguarding children’ : British health visiting in policy, practice and research. Children & Society, 27 (2), 116-126.

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This study examines the location of British health visiting in contemporary policy discourses concerned with public health and safeguarding children. It argues that professional identity and orientation can be understood through health visiting’s long history of public health work with children and families, which has included an engagement with protecting children. The expansive safeguarding children agenda, which includes the requirement to undertake a progressive universal approach to service provision and which incorporates a broad concept of risk and requires early intervention, has created tensions, particularly given current workforce constraints. The location and visibility of British health visiting in the academic and practice worlds also shape how the profession is understood

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1099-0860.2011.00370.x
Depositing User: Sue Peckover
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2014 11:42
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2014 11:42

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