A Community Health Approach to the Assessment of Infants and their Parents. The CARE Programme

  • ID: 2325381
  • Book
  • 234 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This book describes a method of assessment and intervention for infants and their families entitled the Child Assessment Rating and Evaluation (CARE) programme. The aim of the programme is the early prediction and prevention of problems for child health, development and protection.
All aspects of the programme are discussed in full, including assessing the emotional development of infants and their parents, observation of parent–infant interaction and child protection issues. The evidence–based research behind the programme is discussed and a detailed evaluation of the programme s effectiveness is provided. This practical volume also includes:

assessment tools and guidelines on how to use them (including the Index of Need)
guidance on working with parents
detailed case illustrations
tips on managing workloads
advice on caseload management
discussion of the cost effectiveness of home visiting.

A Community Health Approach to the Assessment of Infants and their Parents aims to inform policy and practice. It is an invaluable tool for all primary care health workers, including health visitors, social workers and paediatricians.
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About the Authors vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgements xi

1 Introduction: Childcare and Protection a Public Health Approach 1

2 Overview of the CARE Programme the First Year of Life 12

3 The Index of Need 31

4 The Emotional Development of Infants and Their Parents 54

5 Observation of Parent–infant Interaction 70

6 Caseload Management 89

7 How to Help Parents in the Best Interests of the Child 97

8 Child Protection 113

9 Case Illustrations of the CARE Package 121

10 Evaluation of the CARE Programme 134

11 Conclusion the Cost–effectiveness of Community Nurse Home Visiting 149

Appendix 1: Looking at Your Needs Booklet for Midwives 157

Appendix 2: Looking at Your Needs Booklet for Health Visitors 163

Appendix 3: Form A 169

Appendix 4: Form B 175

Appendix 5: Form C 185

References 199

Index 213

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" a timely book after reading this, I believe it helps inform the debate on how to improve outcomes for children." (Children Now, April 2007)
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