Children have the right to be safe in our world and we all have a responsibility to ensure this happens. Midwives play a key role in enhancing relationships between a child and its parents for future well being. The book explores how the pressures inherent in the transition to parenting, and individual and social circumstances may make it difficult for mothers to respond sensitively to their babies' needs. Midwives are encouraged to use their skills of observation and analysis to recognise and provide appropriate emotional, educational and practical support to assist vulnerable women to bond with their baby and the baby in turn forming a secure attachment with it's mother.
Midwives are also in a unique position to recognise potential or actual child abuse and are required to take such action as is necessary to safeguard the child from harm. This book provides midwives with confidence to undertake this role effectively.
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Chapter 1- Becoming a family: mothers, babies and fathers
Chapter 2- Supporting parents and parenting
Chapter 3- When to trigger child protection procedures and what happens following a referral
Chapter 4- The child protection conference
Chapter 5- The child protection register
Chapter 6- Serious case reviews
Chapter 7- Roles and responsibilities of different agencies
Chapter 8- The legislative framework
Finally - The rights of children as laid down by the UN Convention
Appendices- Useful Contacts
Formerly a community midwife and a midwifery sister in an acute maternity unit, until 1995 she worked as an independent midwife and recently facilitated the setting up on an NHS integrated midwifery team. She has spent 10 years working on a local child protection team and regularly has articles published about child protection in the nursing and midwifery journals.