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Press Release Press Release Press Release Press  Release   


16 September 2004




A new CPHVA publication

A new publication to promote the ideal of positive parenting and its impact on public health has been produced by the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association (CPHVA).

Positive Parenting – a Public Health Priority outlines 10 ways that the role of parenting can be supported, including universal – not targeted – provision of services to support parents, from the ante-natal period until the teenage years.

The book says that health visitors and school nurses are the workforce best placed to work with all parents "in a non-stigmatising way".

‘The ill-health and dysfunction of a few soon has a domino effect influencing the general well-being of many others. Developing an emotionally healthy community should be the foundation for improving the health of the nation.’

The book has been written by Christine Bidmead, training facilitator, Centre for Parent and Child Support, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, and Karen Whittaker, senior lecturer, Department of Nursing, University of Central Lancashire.

The book is available from TG Scott subscriber services. Tel: 01732 886 422 On-line sales www.cphavebookshop.com Price £10 for CPHVA members, £12.50 non-members.

  • The book is being launched at the CPHVA fringe meeting on this topic at the Liberal

Democrat conference on Wednesday, 22 September.



For media review copies of Positive Parenting – a Public Health Priority, please contact:

Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

mobile ( 07768 69 39 40

For further information, please contact:

Cheryll Adams, Professional Officer, Research and Practice Development

( 07712 678 281

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