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The work of health visitors and school nurses with children with psychological and behavioural problems

Wilson, Philip and Furnivall, Judy and Barbour, Rose and Connelly, Graham and Bryce, Graham and Phin, Louise and Stallard, Anna (2008) The work of health visitors and school nurses with children with psychological and behavioural problems. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 61 (4). pp. 445-455. ISSN 0309-2402

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Abstract

This paper is a report of a study to describe the workload of health visitors and school nurses in relation to children and young people with psychological, emotional or behavioural problems, and to identify perceived challenges, obstacles and sources of satisfaction associated with this aspect of their work. We analysed data from a survey conducted in 2002 - 2003 of 1049 Scottish professionals working with children and young people. The work of health visitors and school nurses in caring for children with mental health problems is substantial and important. Development of their public health role should not be at the expense of this important contribution. There is a need for rigorous evaluation of nursing mental health interventions among children and young people.