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21 February 2018

Identification of vulnerability within a child and family health service

This study described the prevalence of vulnerability to adverse health, developmental and wellbeing outcomes  in a cohort of 1517 newborns; identified the factors that increased the risk of vulnerability and examined whether the  most vulnerable were receiving home visits. Almost 41% of the newborns were identified as vulnerable, with 13.9% having two or more risk factors. Those who have been identified as vulnerable were more likely to have received a home visit than those not classified as vulnerable. Identifying vulnerability allows home visiting to be directed to those who are most likely to benefit.