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New iHV podcast – Dilys Daws

6th April 2023

Listen to our new iHV podcast. Alison Morton, iHV’s CEO, talks to Dilys Daws, the leading child psychotherapist and author of ‘Standing next to the weighing scales’. Dilys is credited with changing the way that practitioners work now, “bringing the baby into the room” and influencing national policy on infant mental health.

What is the purpose of the health visitor baby clinic? Do we really need them? Are they just about baby weighing?

We can think of no one better than Dilys to help us answer these questions.

Dilys’ work is as relevant today as it was in 1985 when Dilys started to write about her observations. As health visitors, we face a constant tension between the drive for so-called efficiency and the importance of not losing sight of the overarching ‘purpose’ of health visiting – to search for health needs and to prevent, identify and support families with problems early, to avoid them reaching crisis point.

To listen to the podcast, click on the arrow in the image below or on the link below:

Also read a discussion piece on Dilys Daws’ observations, ‘Standing next to the weighing scales’ by Alison Morton, CEO at iHV.


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