Health visiting teams in West Dunbartonshire have been awarded a Unicef Gold accreditation for their high standard of practice in infant feeding.
The teams offers support, guidance and developmental assessments for children from birth until the age of five years in West Dunbartonshire.
Health Visitors received the award as part of Unicef’s Baby Friendly Initiative for the range of support and advice they offer to parents to develop the skills they need to look after their infant.
As well as providing a high standard of support in infant feeding, the Health Visiting staff also provide support to families experiencing adversity, assessing children’s development in key areas, and support to parents and families to develop positive parenting practices.
The Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) recognises teams and staff that support parents to have close and loving relationships with their child by enabling them to touch, talk and care for their child as well as supporting responsive feeding.
Mags Simpson, Senior Nurse, Children and Families, West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP), said: “The team are extremely proud to achieve this award.
“We support children and families using the Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) framework, which is underpinned by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
“Our aim is to ensure the best possible outcomes for our West Dunbartonshire children, by early and effective intervention and support. All the staff in the team are delighted to be recognised by Unicef in this way.
“Staff have always delivered a high standard of support to West Dunbartonshire children and families, and will continue to maintain the standards set by UNICEF in supporting families with infant feeding.”
West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership cements together both NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and West Dunbartonshire Council responsibilities for community-based health and social care services within a single, integrated structure to make the best use of the significant resources invested across our communities.
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