Health visitors struggling with ‘dangerously high’ caseloads

Full story in The Guardian, 23 September 2018

Health visitors are struggling to care for families properly because they have “dangerously high” workloads in which some are looking after as many as 829 children, a study shows.

Falling numbers of health visitors mean that in most parts of England they are now looking after more – often many more – under-fives than the recommended maximum 250.

The findings have prompted warnings that health visitors are so busy that they may fail to spot child abuse, domestic violence and postnatal depression and have too little time to help mothers bond with their babies.