This report is a compilation of short pieces by parents, professionals, and charity leaders who write about why health visitors matter. They describe how health visitors support children’s development and help to keep them safe. Through these testimonies, we see the breadth and depth of health visitors’ work and its importance. It is also clear why this is a role that needs to be performed by skilled professionals, who have the time to engage and build relationships with families.
Kirsty Kitchen, Birth Companions' Head of Policy and Communications, contributed to this report in a piece that reflects on the importance of well-resourced, specialist and woman-centred health visiting for mothers experiencing multiple disadvantage.
Published by the Parent-Infant Foundation / the 1001 First Days Movement.