Universal Health Visiting Pathway in Scotland: pre-birth to pre-school

The Pathway sets out the minimum core home visiting programme to be offered to all families by Health Visitors.


1. See http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2011/01/11133654/0.

2. See http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0020748914001990.

3. See http://www.sehd.scot.nhs.uk/mels/CEL2013_13.pdf.

4. See http://www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2014/8/pdfs/asp_20140008_en.pdf.

5. The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. See http://www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2014/8/pdfs/asp_20140008_en.pdf. This Act ensures that all children and young people from birth to 18 years old have access to a named person who will advocate in their best interest.

6. Grandparents, step-parents, kinship carers, foster and adoptive parents, 'corporate parents' of children looked after by the state, extended families, networks and communities - each has an important role to play in the care and upbringing of children and young people (Scottish Government, 2012).

7. See http://www.kcl.ac.uk/nursing/research/nnru/policy/Policy-Plus-Issues-by-Theme/Whodeliversnursingcare(roles)/PolicyIssue21.pdf

8. See http://www.kcl.ac.uk/nursing/research/nnru/publications/Reports/Why-Health-Visiting-NNRU-report-12-02-2013.pdf.

9. These evidence summaries, produced by NHS Health Scotland will be available for inclusion at the time of publication.

10. UNICEF (2014) Having meaningful conversations with mothers. A guide to using the baby friendly signature sheets page 12.

11. Should be given once an informed decision about feeding choice has been made - usually on discharge from hospital. The leaflet should also be given if formula feeding replaces breastfeeding or mixed feeding is the method of choice - could be any time in the first 6 months breastfeeding or mixed feeding is the method of choice - could be any time in the first 6 months


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