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Some documents can be downloaded asfiles


The National electronic Library for Screening - is a collection of knowledge and know-how for healthcare professionals involved in screening

Department of Health - Screening for infectious diseases in pregnancy -Standards to support the UK antenatal screening programme

Health for All Children (Hall Report) - 4th edition- ISBN number is 0-19-851588-X†- The report provides†indepth and comprehensive recommendations for the work we should be providing for children and families.† It focuses on children†from birth to starting secondary school for the first time and†has a strong focus of working with familes and children with complex needs and looks at the impact of poverty and deprivation†on these familes and children.

CPHVA Position Statement and Briefing

HV Toolkits/Models

Community Health Needs Assessment Toolkit. Further information.

The Amazing Journey Toolkit for Health Visitors and School Nurses - A toolkit to enhance the public health role of health visitors and school nurses in Huddersfield and in some areas of Kirklees and Calderdale, developed by Public Health Nurse Specialist, (Tel: 01484 347888) and Senior Public Health Nurse, (Tel 01226 77705); and Public Health Consultant, Dr Judith Hooper.

Information Technology in Nursing - volume 10 - 1998 - Modelling the process of Health Visiting

The Solihull Approach

Child Protection

Educare - Child Protection Awarenesss in Health - NSPCC launches child protection awareness training for School Nurses and Community Practitioners.

A new report , 'Safeguarding Children' from watchdogs covering criminal justice, social care and educational sectors has emphasised the need for protecting the welfare of chidlren

Child Abuse and Child Protection Services - Victoria Climbie - Laming Report. More background information on the Victoria Climbie report is available on Community Care web site

NHS/Department of Health

Department of Health - Wider review of regulation of health and social care

Department of Health - Competencies for providing more specialised sexually transmitted infection services within primary care

Department of Health - Tackling health inequalities: A Programme for Action

Department of Health - Recommended standards for sexual health services

Department of Health - National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services: Maternity Services exemplar

Department of Health - Smoking, drinking and drug use - Surveys

Department of Health - National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services - A 10-year programme intended to stimulate long-term and sustained improvement in children?s health.

Department of Health - The Chief Nursing Officerís review of the nursing, midwifery and health visiting contribution to vulnerable children and young people. CPHVA Responses

DOH Press Release - Free Fruit and Vegetables for Toddlers

NHS/Day Care Trust - NHS Childcare Strategy - Impact Analysis

DOH - Healthy Start : Reform of the Welfare Food Scheme - Response

Press Release - One Million Children Now Receive Free Fruit

Food in Schools Programme

National Service Framework for Children - First Draft and Discussion Document . Responses to , Children's NSF EWG member. For background information, newsletters and†other details†such as†the membership and progress to date is available from the Department of Health - Children's Taskforce

New Vision for Children. Details available from the Department of Health - Children's Trusts web page

Healthy Start- - Reform of the Welfare Food Scheme.

Making a Difference- Strengthening the nursing, midwifery and health visiting contribution to health and healthcare

Department of Health - Welfare Food Scheme (COMA Report 2002)
Healthy Start- CPHVA proposals for reform of the Welfare Food Scheme

29 June, 2001 - Department of Health statement on Health Visiting
This statement has been issued in an attempt to clarify the present position of Health Visiting as contained within the draft legislation. This will be of interest to all Health Visitors.
Jackie Carnell, CPHVA Director


International challenges in community nursing research - The Third International Conference on Community Health Nursing Research was hosted in Tokyo, CHERYLL ADAMS reports on the the challenges faced by our community nursing colleagues across the globe

Mary Seacole Development Awards 2005-2006. - Comments by Obi Amadi, Lead Professional Officer (Health Visiting), Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association †

CPHVA - Reiterates support for MMR Vaccine

Shared Caseloads

Health Visiting Works

Health Vistior Monitor

Vanguard Health Visiting

Feelings After Birth - National Childbirth Trust - Endorsed by the CPHVA, this book provides a useful overview of the syndrome and its implications for the mother and the family.

CPHVA/Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Homelessness Directorate - Homelessness Project - Community fund awards for work with homeless families. Guidelines

CPHVA Briefing - Children's Trusts - Piloting Children's Trusts: guidance and application - Engaging with stakeholders Local authorities, Statutory organisations, Voluntary organisations, Department of Health and Department for Education and Skills

More Scope for Working Together for Speech and Language Therapists and Health visitors

Supporting Families Update


Liverpool John Moores University - press release - Liverpool nurses are the first in Britain to be specially trained to handle children's illnesses

NFPI - Families and the state - Two way support and responsibilities - Executive Summary

Children's Food Bill - Order for second reading

Children are Unbeatable Alliance - Children?s human rights to equal protection from assault - Labour politicians urge equal protection

DFES - Linking of relevant competences to the Common Core of Skills and Knowledge for the Children?s Workforce - Newsletter - Edition 1: October 2005

Office for National Statistics - Report - Child mental health problems highlighted

The Red Book - Personal Child Health Record - The record is the main record of the child's health, growth and develoopment. The record is for the use of parent's and the health professionals caring for the child

Healthcare Alliance - Mental Health Promotion - Children and Young People - Collection of research documents

Balsall Health Sure Start -' It's fun to eat fruit and vegetable resource pack' - to enable children to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day through fun and activity. Contact the Health Education Unit, Martineau Centre, Balden Road, Harborne, Birmingham B32 2EH - Tel. 0121 303 8200 or e-mail

Audit Commission - Improvement Network - Better Outcomes for Children and Young People - A Tool for Improving outcomes

Deparment for Education and Skills - Children and Families

Department of Health - Children's Dental Health in the United Kingdom 2003 Survey

Every Child Matters Change for Children programme - summary
For more information and a copy of the publication

CPHVA/ RCN - Childhood Vaccination Factfile - This information pack provides healthcare professionals with accuratte information about the importance, safety and need to immunise children

The CPHVA is working with the NHS to make sure that all members will have an immunisation pack sent to them.

Chidlren's Rights Alliance, England - Children's Bill - Progress and upto date information

Young Minds - Information leaflets for young people, parents and professionals

DFES - Green Paper - Parental Separation : Children's needs and parental responsibilities

Sure Start - Childcare, early education and family support services celebrate National Sure Start Month

MIDIRS - Reducing risk of asthma in babies

RYOGENS - a pragmatic, web-based, system that helps practitioners from different agencies to identify, assess and refer vulnerable children

Sure Start - Birth to Three - Supporting children in their early years; The Foundation Stage - focusses on distinct needs of children aged 3 to the end of the reception year

NHSIA - NeLH Launch Child Health & Paediatrics Specialist Library

UNICEF statement on mother-infant bed sharing

CHANT - Child Advocacy Network Newsletter

PRODIGY draft guidance for Nappy Rash

Department of Education and Skills - Green Paper - Every Child Matters - Every Child Matters sets out for consultation a framework for improving outcomes for all children and their families, to protect them, to promote their wellbeing and to support all children to develop their full potential.

CPHVA will be issuing a more detailed briefing on this Green Paper. Press Release - Major shift in policies for children hailed as 'Radical' by health visitors and school nurses

Tigerchild - A source of information on raising children

Medical Factors Related to Neonatal Swimming

UN Committee on the Rights of the Child - Concluding Observations - United Nations Report on Children's Rights

New guidance issued to the NHS on intravenous feeding of sick newborn babies

Sure Start Communication Team - Sure Start for Every Child

Primary Care

RCGP - Research Workbook 9 : Health Economics - an introduction to basic research in health economics relating to primary care

Department of Health - NHS Fact Sheets - Primary Care Trusts

Commissioned and funded by Department of Health- Drennan, V. et al (2004), Improving Recruitment and Retention of Nurses in Primary Care: Guide and Report

Foundation for Nursing Studies - Improving Research Utilisation for Community/Mental Health Nurses - Report

Department of Health - Liberating the Talents. †It is a significant document as it provides a new framework for planning and delivering nursing services in Primary Care.

University of Sheffield, Institute of General Practice and Primary Care/SCHARR - An Evaluation of Family Health Plans. For information contact , Health Visitor, Firth Park Clinic,North Quadrant Sheffield S5 6NU † Tel 0114 271 6299

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health/National Obesity Forum -''An Approach to Weight Management in Children and Adolescents (2 - 18 years) in Primary Care" Introduction and Guidance providing advice to professionals about the management of overweight and obesity.

Health Promotion

Promotion of Food to Children: Consultation on Nutrient Profiling Response

Food Standards Agency - Consultation response: UK target nutrient specifications for manufactured products used in school meals. Letter to Ofcom

RCN: Eight principles for practice - nurses promoting women's mental health

Royal College of Physicians, Faculty of Public Health - Briefing Statements : Alcohol and Violence; Food Poverty and Health; Parenting and Public Health

Health Promotion-Keeping up-to-date with Health Promotion - A useful website for information on health promotion

National Heart Forum - Nutrition and Food Poverty Toolkit - Endorsed by the CPHVA, it aims to assist those working at local level to tackle issues around poor diet
House of Commons - Third Report of the Health Select Committee on Obesity, HC 23 - I
International Task Force on Obesity - Survey


Health Development Agency Online: Health Visitors - The Community Revisited

Kate Boles - 'My Passion for Health Visiting' - NT, Feb 17 2004

UNICEF - Information leaflets for pregnant women and new mothers

One Plus One - Health Visiting Research

FONS - 'Developing Practice for Healthy Ageing" Initiative

Parents at Work - New rights for working parents : A guide for advisers - A guide for health visitors to the new legislation. It covers parents' reights to request flexible working, paternity leave, adoption leave, maternity leave and pay, parental leave and emergency leave.

One Plus One's Springboard scheme - Your work with families can be enriched, enhanced and evidence-based! Springboard gives CPHVA members access to research-based resources as well as the opportunity to find out what's going on in the field of family policy - and all for just £10.

Alcohol Misuse - Cabinet Office - Press Release - 'Government Announces Study into Tackling The Problems Associated with Alcohol Misuse' and Strategy Unit - Scoping Note.
Comments - Alcohol Concern

Department of Education and Skills - Sure Start - A new Sure Start unit aimed at supporting families from pregnancy until children are 14 years old

CPHVA/DOH/RCN/UNISON - Mary Seacole Nursing Awards for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors

British Standards related to childcare provision - Further information from British Standards Institution

Healthcare Parliamentary Monitor [issue 310, March 31, 2003, p. 16] - Role of Health Visitors 'Crucial', says Minister

Elkan, R. et al, `The effectiveness of domiciliary health visiting: a systematic review of international studies and a selective review of the British literature.`
The full text and the executive summary of this study are available online or can be ordered in print at

Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting - Internet Resources

Health Visiting Services