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30 June 2003

COMMUNITY NURSES SEEK EARLY MEETING WITN NEW NORTHERN IRELAND
CHILDREN’S COMMISSIONER

The Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association is seeking an early meeting with Northern Ireland’s first Commissioner for Children and Young People, Nigel Williams.

The CPHVA’s Professional Officer for Northern Ireland, Briege Coyle said: ‘We welcome the appointment of Nigel Williams. He is an excellent choice and appears to have been given a wide range of powers that could make him a very effective – and independent - advocate for children and young people in Northern Ireland.’

Mr Willams, who is currently Child Executive of Childnet International which specialises in protecting children from abuse on the internet, is due to take up his new role on

1 October.

Ms Coyle said: ‘The CPHVA would like an early meeting with Mr Willams, once he is in post, so we can discuss the many issues relating to young people’s rights and child protection. We look forward to working closely with him and his team in the months and years ahead.’

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Briege Coyle ( 07733 124 208

Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

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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 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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