The material is organised in such a way that it reflects contemporary practice in a user–friendly manner; in addition, information is related to clinical practice issues that may be experienced when working with children and their families. Each chapter has activities which have been integrated to help, encourage and motivate. Some of the activities presented will provide the reader with possible responses to the questions set, others do not, they are there to support learning, and to persuade the reader to delve deeper, and extend further understanding of the topic.
Contributors to the book are experts from a range of backgrounds both in practice and academia. The contributors are committed to, and firmly believe, that the child comes first and foremost; they believe that each child is a unique person with individual needs and aspirations this stance is clearly reflected in each chapter of the book.
The text should be seen as a handbook or a manual that has a sound evidence base, and one that will challenge and encourage the reader to develop a questioning approach to care provision, it emphasises the integration of theory and practice.
About the Contributors.
1. Introduction (Ian Peate and Lisa Whiting).
2. Children and their Families (Lisa Whiting).
3. Communicating with Children and Families (Peter Vickers).
4. Working as a Member of the Child Health Team (Lisa Whiting and Ian Peate).
5. Health Promotion: A Child–centred Approach (Sue Miller).
6. Biological Aspects of Child Health Care (Pat Harwood).
7. Assessment and Monitoring of Children (Liz Gormley–Fleming).
8. The Importance of Play (Mary Donnelly and Julie Robinson)
9. Maintaining Safety (Cathy Cairns and Liz Gormley–Fleming).
10. Accident Prevention (Mary Donnelly and Billie Kell).
11. Safeguarding Children (Dee Harris and Helen Russell–Johnson).
12. Legal Concerns (Helen Russell–Johnson and Dee Harris).
13. Future Aspirations (Lyn Karstadt).
Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations.