Paediatrics And Child Health Nurses Analysis

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There is vast literature on the impact of early years provision upon young children and adolescents. High quality childcare is achieved through strong adult-child interactions, employing well-trained staff, proper supervision, and bringing up children in safe environments. The quality of home and childcare environments determines a child’s cognitive, socio-emotional and behavioural outcomes. To achieve an effective childcare setting, parents should engage the help of paediatrics and child health nurses within the family-centred care framework (Murray, 2014, p.8). This paper examines the roles of paediatrics and child health nurses and the strategies that they use to create a child safe environment.
Child health nurses operate within the prevention model and they serve children below 5 years of age. They make visitations to peoples’ homes and their role is aligned with social work and education. In the Australian context, child health nurses provide services at home, child health centres and other community venues. As prescribed by CAFHNA (2009) child health nurses provide children and their
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Under the ACPCHN and NBMA frameworks, paediatricians and child health nurses are required to report incidences of abuse and negligence to relevant authorities. According to the Child Protection Act 1993, child health nurses and paediatrics are considered mandated notifiers (Australian Government, 2014). If a nurse has reasonable suspicion of neglect or abuse, then he or she must report without delay. However, to carry out this responsibility effectively, then the nurse must be aware of legal obligations. For instance, when making a report a nurse should also submit statement of observations, information and opinions regarding the alleged abuse. Failure to meet the mandated notifier obligations attracts fine. In addition, nurses must have the capacity to identify and analyze risk of

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