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Baby steps

Ann Pettit

It can be difficult for a health visitor to know where to start when supporting vulnerable, complex families. The fear that a baby may die and the needs of the family can be overwhelming. Sometimes the baby can be forgotten as professionals focus on the needs of the parents. Effective restorative supervision enables the health visitor to explore the emotional impact of working with complex families, be compassionate and keep the baby in mind. Small steps which build on the strengths in a family, working in partnership and walking in the baby's shoes can improve outcomes.

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