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Child Protection, Public Health and Nursing

Jane V. Appleton, Sue Peckover

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Format:
Paperback
ISBN:
9781780460451
Published:
29 Oct 2015
Publisher:
Dunedin Academic Press
Dimensions:
129 pages - 138 x 216 x 8mm
Series:
Protecting Children and Young People
Highlighting and examining the vital role of nurses in protecting children from maltreatment, this book explores the input of nurses from different disciplines to the work of protecting children and young people. It draws on relevant theoretical, research and policy literature but focuses in particular on the evidence base for the value of their work. While orientated towards UK practice, the book includes some comparative material to add a wider European perspective. The text includes discussion of specialist public health nursing roles such as health visiting and school nursing, as well as the contribution of those who have more general nursing roles but whose work brings them into contact with children, young people and their families. This volume will inform all qualified nurses working in acute care and primary care settings who have contact with children, young people and their families. It will also be of use to those undertaking post-qualifying and post-graduate courses and is particularly relevant for Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (SCPHNs) many of whom, once qualified, have significant child protection roles in practice.
Acknowledements. The Contributors. Glossary of Abbreviations. Foreword. 1: Child protection, public health and nursing (Appleton & Peckover); 2: Child maltreatment: An issue for public health nursing (Peckover); 3: The unique contribution of British health visiting to child protection practice (Appleton); 4: Looking beyond the UK (Bradbury-Jones, Paavilainen and Taylor); 5: Safeguarding and child protection: The important contribution of the wider nursing and midwifery workforce (Powell); 6: Small signs, big risks: The importance of early detection (Bradbury-Jones and Taylor); 7: Safeguarding services in NHS acute hospitals: The challenge of leadership (Smith); 8: Child protection, public health and nursing: Final thoughts (Appleton & Peckover). References. Index.
The Editors Dr Jane V. Appleton is Professor of Primary and Community Care, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University. Dr Sue Peckover is Senior Lecturer in Health Visiting, Centre for Health and Social Care Research, Sheffield Hallam University. The Contributors Dr Caroline Bradbury-Jones is Reader in Nursing at the University of Birmingham. Dr Eija Paavilainen is Professor of Nursing Science at the School of Health Sciences, University of Tampere, Finland. Dr Catherine Powell is a freelance Safeguarding Children Consultant and a Visiting Academic at the University of Southampton. Dr Suzanne Smith is Head of Safeguarding at a large NHS acute trust. Julie Taylor is Professor of Child Protection at the University of Birmingham

‘This book is an interesting addition to the safeguarding literature as it looks specifically at the role of the public health nurse in safeguarding children and preventing abuse. It was developed from a series of papers forming a symposium that was delivered at the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect European regional conference held in 2013. There are a range of expert contributors from the safeguarding and nursing fields. The book provides an overview of safeguarding and child protection, with an outline of current policy and legislation, followed by a series of chapters from a variety of contributing authors considering ideas such as the importance of early detection, international approaches to public health nurses in child protection and the challenges of leading child protection in acute services.
The chapter on the health visiting contribution to child protection is particularly useful for all health visitors, but especially those studying health visiting and safeguarding or those leading health visiting or safeguarding services. The chapter gives examples of the contribution of health visiting to safeguarding in all tiers of practice identified in the Health Visitor Implementation Plan. The chapter also discusses recent research and learning from serious case reviews.
A clear argument from the book, that is not always highlighted in many texts around safeguarding, is that the health visitor’s role in safeguarding is more than identifying concerns and referring them to appropriate agencies. The authors highlight the vast amount of safeguarding work completed that
is preventive in nature and, as such, is often not seen as being ‘safeguarding’. For example, building early attachments between infants and parents, and increasing an understanding of healthy sexual relationships in young people are both roles of public health nurses that are preventive or an early
intervention. This highlights the wider and sometimes less tangible public health role in safeguarding; as such, the text is relevant for those involved in the commissioning and design of services, especially during current commissioning changes where the need to articulate the vital role of the health visitor in safeguarding is so important.’ Journal of Health Visiting

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