Health visiting and safeguarding children: a perfect storm?

PECKOVER, Susan and APPLETON, Jane (2019). Health visiting and safeguarding children: a perfect storm? Journal of Health Visiting, 7 (5), 232-238.

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Health visitors play an important role in safeguarding and protecting children. In this paper we review current research evidence and professional literature about this aspect of health visiting and highlight some of the practice challenges in undertaking this work. Three critical issues are discussed. The invisibility and unquestioned nature of much health visiting safeguarding work; that health visitors with their clinical expertise and accepted home visiting role are well placed to undertake this type of work; and the challenges of ensuring effective safeguarding within the context of economic austerity. The paper highlights the important contribution of contemporary health visiting to safeguarding children and child protection. It is important that this role is made explicit to those commissioning health visiting services for children in the early years.

Item Type: Article
Page Range: 232-238
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 01 May 2019 08:20
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 00:39

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