Safeguarding Children Assignment

4660 Words Sep 1st, 2012 19 Pages
The specialist skills of the Health Visitor are crucially important in safeguarding children (HM Government, 2010). In the past decade there has been significant change in nursing and healthcare that has led to a much wider remit for those involved in working with children and subsequently child protection (Hall and Elliman, 2006; Department of Health, 2004); indeed Health Visitors are responding to a national drive to further enhance their contribution to public health (Department of Health, 2009).

It is against this backdrop that the critical need to develop the leadership role of the Specialist Community Public Health nurse within the process of recognising and referring child maltreatment emerges. This requires Team Managers to
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The Programme, which underpins the work of the Health Visitor, is an early intervention and prevention public health programme that aims to provide an “invaluable opportunity to identify families that are in need of additional support and children who are at risk” (Department of Health, 2009, p.6) by providing a progressive universal framework to ensure the promotion of the health and wellbeing of children, delivered via multi-agency support services. The safeguarding process requires Health Visitors to utilise all four principles of specialist community health nursing (Nursing and Midwifery Council, 2004) in developing child care services to prevent child maltreatment and in ensuring rapid and appropriate help for families. Furthermore, the Healthy Child Programme (Department of Health, 2009) establishes a leadership role for Health Visitors in delivering care packages to support the most vulnerable children; core principles of the Programme include keeping children healthy and safe, identification of factors that influence the health and wellbeing of families, and partnership working with other agencies in order to refer to appropriate specialist services, signpost to wider support, and provide co-ordinated care packages (Department of Health, 2009). With this in mind, the extent to which