In the recent years ‘safeguarding’ measures to ensure the health and wellbeing of all children has become an increasing focus in the early years. Supporting Children’s Health and Wellbeing helps early years students and practitioners working with children and young people gain an understanding of the key issues relating to children’s health in particular, examining the possible ways in which health can impact upon young children’s early childhood education and care. Packed full of practical advice for the everyday realities of the early years classroom, topics discussed include: • Historical perspectives and contemporary issues related to child health • Current policy and legislation • How to support the child and the family • Nutrition in childhood • Infectious diseases, infestations and the acutely ill child • Children with chronic and complex medical conditions • Coping with the death of a child A timely, topical text that will be invaluable to early years professionals.

Children’s Health is Every Professional’s Responsibility

Children’s Health is Every Professional’s Responsibility

Chapter Aims and Objectives

  • To explore definitions of health and wellbeing
  • To identify the responsibility of professionals in relation to supporting children’s health and wellbeing

Introduction

The title of this chapter reflects the ideology that all adults have a responsibility for supporting the health of our youngest citizens. This responsibility links to the UK Government’s approach to safeguarding children. The Working Together to Safeguard Children (HM Government 2015) guidance states that part of safeguarding is ‘preventing impairment to health’ (p. 5). This statement suggests that we all have a responsibility to maintain good health as well as to prevent children from acquiring health-threatening conditions.

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