What are the duties of health visitors?
One example of partnership working in the Health Visiting role is a health visitor recognizing that a child lives with parents who suffer from ill mental health and some of the indicators in the SHANARRI wheel are not being met. SHANAARI are the GIRFEC indicators of the holistic wellbeing of the child meaning Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible, Achieving. The health visitor will work in partnership with the parent(s) to identify any additional support that could be provided. Under these circumstances, placing the child into an early years education establishment would be of benefit for both the child and the parent. The child will have the opportunity to develop their learning through play, be active, have the provision of healthy snacks or meals. The health visitor, as part of their role, can provide a referral to support the application to the early year’s establishment, an example of working in partnership. Once a place is secured for the child, the health visitor can then refer the parent to a third sector organization who provide support for mental health, e.g. C.O.P.E who provide counselling services, relaxation, mindfulness and coping strategies to individuals facing bereavement, ill mental health, caring responsibilities. Providing this support and empathy to the parent(s) will develop the trusting relationship between the parent(s) and services they access.