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Table 4 Likert statements on universal (HV) and Flying Start (FS) health visitors’ referrals to other agencies

From: Promoting children’s health when a parent has a mental health problem: a mixed methods study of the experiences and views of health visitors and their co-workers

In my areaStrongly agree/Agree (HV)Strongly agree/Agree (FS)Strongly agree/Agree (overall)P-value
Thresholds for children’s safeguarding services are very high75% (58/77)75% (49/65)76% (117/154)0.912
Thresholds for mental health services are very high73% (56/77)72% (47/65)73% (112/154)0.435
HVs refer clients for mental health services via the GP68% (n = 50/74)74% (n = 48/65)70% (n = 105/150)0.141
As Health visiting is a universal service HVs are often alone in supporting families66% (51/77)62% (43/69)65% (n = 103/158)0.622
Third sector services contribute to keeping children safe51% (n = 38/74)45% (n = 30/65)48% (n = 73/153)0.393
There are clear guidelines for referring to mental health services43% (n = 33/76)43% (n = 29/68)42% (n = 66/156)0.494
Perinatal mental health services are easy to access38% (n = 29/76)48% (n = 33/69)42% (n = 66/157)0.453