Addressing child poverty in Scotland: the role of nurses
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Addressing child poverty in Scotland: the role of nurses

Lynn Naven Public health research specialist, Glasgow Centre for Population Health
James Egan Programme manager, Glasgow Centre for Population Health

Lynn Naven and James Egan present findings from the Healthier, Wealthier Children project, with a focus on service user outcomes and impact on NHS workforce practice

Child poverty levels are a significant challenge and can lead to poor health outcomes throughout life. The Healthier, Wealthier Children (HWC) project was set up to address child poverty by developing referral and information pathways between healthcare staff and money and welfare advice services. Evaluation of the project revealed 2,516 referrals to advice services, with most coming from health visitors and midwives. This yielded financial gains of more than £2.25 million and other positive outcomes, such as help with childcare and housing.

Primary Health Care. 23, 5, 16-22. doi: 10.7748/phc2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 29 January 2013

Accepted: 04 March 2013

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