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Health visitors need to be confident and effective in engaging and building positive relationships inclusively with all children, families and communities if they are to make a successful contribution. Building robust relationships that are mutually respectful and therapeutic is of crucial importance in order to get to know, understand and work effectively to promote behaviour change within families.


The Wave Trust report identifies vital health visiting skills of “establishing and maintaining a trustworthy relationship” documenting them as “absolutely central to effective assessment as well as intervention” (Wave Trust, 2013; p37). The directory lists a number of resources and opportunities that will help you develop and reflect upon your own skills and attributes to support you to work therapeutically with children, families and communities