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

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

Kevin D. Browne, Jo Douglas, Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis, Jean Hegarty

ISBN: 978-0-470-09253-8

Oct 2006

234 pages

$55.99

Description

This book is a practical guide to the CARE programme, a home visiting programme that aims to assess infants? growth, development and psycho-social transitions in their first year of life and that together with the Index of Need checklist aims to engage parents in risk assessment. It provides evidence-based research for the programme, and gives clinical examples of how to use the assessment tools (including the Index of Need) and how to work with parents. The authors take a ?partnership with parents? approach throughout, while bearing in mind the practical workload issues that practitioners face.

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

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