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9 February, 2004





The Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People, Nigel Williams is to address a conference aimed at improving the lives of vulnerable children in Ulster.

Mr Williams said: ‘I welcome this opportunity to acknowledge the important work of community nurses in supporting the most vulnerable and needy children. We all need to find new ways of working to ensure that the child’s needs lie at the centre of our work.’

The Focus on Families conference is in Antrim on Thursday, 26 February. It is being staged by the Northern Ireland Community Nursing Network, of which the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association (CPHVA) is a member.

The CPHVA Professional Officer for Northern Ireland, Briege Coyle said: ‘We are delighted that Nigel Williams will speak at the conference and highlight ways that we can all work together to improve the lives of vulnerable children and their families in Northern Ireland.

Department of Social Development statistics show that 32% of children Northern Ireland live in households whose sole income is from benefits.’

‘The teenage pregnancy rate in Northern Ireland is one of the highest in Western Europe and those areas experiencing the highest rates are also those where deprivation is highest. There is a real need for a concerted effort across all departments and within all relevant agencies to work together to make supporting families with children a policy priority.’

  • Community nurses wishing to get tickets for the conferences should contact the

CPHVA on Tel: 020 7939 7052/7045 Email:



Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

mobile ( 07768 69 39 40

CPHVA press releases can be seen on the CPHVA website: amicus-cphva.org

The CPHVA - the UK’s third largest nursing union - represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses, district nurses and nursery nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is a professional section of the Amicus trade union