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4 September 2003

 

MORE RESOURCES FOR CHILD PROTECTION IN NORTHERN IRELAND

The Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association was commenting on the Lewis report into the death of a 14-month old child and severe injuries to his twin brother in Craigavon.

The CPHVA, which represents the majority of Northern Ireland’s health visitors, said that it was regrettable there were inadequate systems in place at the time to prevent this tragedy and called for more resources for health visiting services to be made available for child protection. Arrangements must now be put in place to review and monitor service standards.

The CPHVA’s Professional Officer for Northern Ireland, Briege Coyle said: ‘The CPHVA welcomes any recommendations that will improve standards in practice in relation to child protection. We will continue to stress the importance of supporting practitioners through practice development, clinical supervision and case management in relation to vulnerable children.’

‘We recognise the importance of having clear policies in place which practitioners can realistically and easily translate into day to day practice. This case once again highlights the importance of good multi-disciplinary and inter-agency training and working.’

‘In addition, all practitioners and managers must be clear regarding their responsibilities to communicate and act for the care and protection of children.’

‘We hope that the enquiry’s recommendations will be fully resourced and supported by all relevant agencies.’

‘It must not be forgotten that society has also a responsibility for protecting children. Society must make a greater effort to protect its children from physical and mental abuse.’

 

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NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS

For further information, please contact:

Briege Coyle ( 07733 124 208

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 represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses and registered nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the amicus trade union. MSF joined with the AEEU to form amicus, the UK’s second largest union, on 1 January 2002.

 

NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS

For further information, please contact:

Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

mobile ( 07768 69 39 40

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

 The CPHVA represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses and registered nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the amicus trade union. MSF joined with the AEEU to form amicus, the UK’s second largest union, on 1 January 2002.

NOTE FOR NEWS DESKS

For further information, please contact

Shaun Noble Press Officer (020) 7939 7043 Mobile 0468 69 39 40 MSF

press releases can be seen on our web site: www.amcius-cphva.org.uk

Amicus/MSF represents 65,000 health service professionals including the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists, laboratory scientific staff, the College of Health Care Chaplains, the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Medical Practitioners' Union, clinical psychologists, speech therapists, the Hospital Physicists Association and the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association.

Amicus/MSF has 400,000 skilled and professional members in a wide range of industries. It is the UK's second largest union.

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