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Welcome - a guest blog on our Early Years work from my colleague Pauline Watts, Professional Officer Health Visiting

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I have been heartened and inspired by the commitment of a wide range of external partners to support and contribute to the health visiting agenda.

The shared hearts and minds, working together to improve outcomes for children, families and communities are connecting individuals, organisations and pieces of work in a way that I have longed for.

The strength of the shared vision is cutting through professional barriers resource constraints and cultural differences, and the energy levels are unbelievably high. With passion comes greater energy.

Examples of joint working are particularly strong with partners who work in the early years settings. This can be seen from Department of Health /Department for Education work,  including planning toward an integrated review at age 2-2 and a half years, links link to the Early Education Entitlement offer for 2 year olds, Task and Finish groups on information sharing, contribution of Children's Centres to the Health Visitors agenda and the development of a population outcome measure for 2 year olds, through to real change in practice working alongside colleagues in children's centres, creating and forming new services, developing new and innovative services and strengthening how services work more closely together.

Partners such as @AdfamUK , Drug Action Team,  @AddactionUK , @Booktrust , @ICANcharity, Early Support, are sharing training materials on really important agendas such as domestic violence, substance misuse, language and development and providing information about interlinking support offers where families can be signposted to for specific advice.

Real links providing growing opportunities for further shared agendas thorough 4 children and other strategic partnerships.

Please get in touch, I’ve just signed up to Twitter - @PaulinWatts to share ideas experiences and innovation in partnership working. With so much enthusiasm, we can do this now!


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