“This is a welcome addition to nursing children and young people learning resources. It is a pocket sized, wipe clean, mini encyclopaedia of child health. It is well written, by credible experts and logically presented. The contents are applicable to any care setting.

It summarises and presents key salient points, it is admirably up to date and the material is always relevant. The seminal theories of child development are not ignored, and pleasingly mental health and complex needs of the terminally ill children are included. The authors have had the courage to address some of the grey areas in children’s nursing such as consent and the covert administration of medicines.

The guide presents the essentials of assessment and holistic nursing care and provides links for follow up, further study and additional reading. The current resuscitation algorithms across the age ranges are reproduced courtesy of the UK Resuscitation Council, however I would have liked to see a caveat inserted here to future proof any changes which might emerge with regards to ratios and sequence in the performance of these, to protect the authors, publishers and people who recommend the book. Perhaps along the lines of it is the registrant’s professional duty to perform these skills in concordance with the most recent evidence and recommendations. Other than this very small point there is much to enthuse about and very little to disappoint.”

Doreen Crawford Consultant Editor Nursing Children and Young People; nurse advisor with consultancy Crawford Mackenzie Nursing Care of Children and Young People Volume 31, Number 1, January 2019