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Child health promotion 

Child health promotion
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Child health promotion
Author(s):

Vari Drennan

and Claire Goodman

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199653720.003.0006
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date: 05 April 2020

Promoting the health of children and young people is a major public health policy in all counties. Some primary care nurses, such as health visitors, school nurses, and those in their teams, have it as a key focus of their work. Others will have a key role in only certain aspects, such as practice nurses who undertake child immunizations. All primary care nurses need to be aware of child health promotion and safeguarding, as their work with adults may bring them into contact with children. This chapter first outlines child health promotion programmes 0–18 years (including screening, immunization. and support for parenting). It then turns to describe the growth and development of under-fives together with the health promotion and work of health visiting (public health nurses) services with this age group and their families. It moves on to consider the growth and development of children and young people from 5 to 18 years, again considering the work of primary care and school nursing teams in promoting health. It considers the needs and support for children and families with complex needs and disabilities, and concludes by considering principles and processes in child protection and safeguarding.

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