Children’s Health Service 0-19

Service updates

Due to the quickly-changing situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Children’s Health 0-19 Service will be reducing the number of face to face meetings. This precaution is needed to help reduce the spread of infection and to help to keep everyone safe. We are working hard to make sure that we provide the best quality service that we can.

Where suitable services will be provided over the telephone and video messaging instead of in-person. However we will still make some face to face meetings but we will contact you beforehand to check it is safe for us to meet and ask that you wear a face covering. 

Remember that in most cases, Covid-19 only causes mild illness.

If you require support from our Health Visiting Service, School Health Service or Family Nurse Team please contact our Single Point of Access on 020 3373 9983.

Newham Baby Feeding Support – information about antenatal workshops and postnatal support including the helpline and online groups can be found here.

If you require any health advice call 111 or your GP. In an emergency call 999.

Remember to wash your hands more often, for at least 20 seconds. For links to government and NHS information about Covid-19 go to www.newham.gov.uk and follow the links.

Go to www.111.nhs.uk/covid-19 if you are concerned that you may have come into contact with coronavirus.

For NHS advice on COVID-19 related and childhood illnesses and injuries during the pandemic please go here.

Public Health England have issued some posters on the importance for immunisations for pregnant women (click here), babies (click here) and your family (click here). You should still book for you or your child(ren) to have vaccinations during the pandemic period because it’s important that vaccines are given on time for the best protection. Please click here to view guidance on attending vaccination appointments.

To help support and reassure families about the safe return to school the Council has created a webpage which contains helpful information and guidance – please see the webpage for further information www.newham.gov.uk/backtoschool.

Relaunch of the Universal FREE Healthy Start Vitamin Scheme

Vitamin distribution outlet map

eRedbook launching in Newham

eRedbook - Keep a digital copy of your child’s health records with you.

On 3 August 2020 Newham launched the eRedbook. This is a digital version of the paper red book you receive when your baby is born or at your antenatal appointment before the birth. Your eRedbook can help you to find out more about your baby’s development. You can record and track your baby’s weight and create a safe, long term record of your baby’s developmental milestones. It provides information on what tests, checks and immunisations are offered as part of the Healthy Child Programme. As the technology develops, further information will also be available through the eRedbook allowing you to manage and maintain this record of information.

How to access eRedbook?

Parents can access the eRedbook by downloading the eRedbook app:

You can also access it online by visiting the eRedbook website www.eredbook.org.uk and creating an account using your NHS login or signing up with your email.

How does my eRedbook become connected to the NHS?

If you have signed up antenatally using an NHS login and you are the birth mother of your baby, you don’t need to do anything. When your baby is born your eRedbook will automatically populate with your baby’s information. If you have signed up postnatally, the account will need to be verified by a Health Visitor or Midwife to connect it to your baby’s record.

Do I have to pay for it?

No, the eRedbook is provided by the NHS and is free for parents to use, the same as paper Redbooks.

Is the eRedbook app secure?

Yes, eRedbook data is held securely in the EU in line with strict NHS security rules. NHS login follows the UK government’s data storage standards (PDF) to keep your information secure.

Further information can be found in the Parent’s guide to eRedbook or you can also speak to your Health Visitor or Family Nurse.

Talking Tots Programme

The Children’s Health 0-19 Service are excited to launch the Talking Tots Programme commencing in September 2021. The programme has been developed to enable parents to achieve the best start in supporting their child(ren) to develop their speech, language and communication skills.

  • Is your child aged between 12 months to 30 months?
  • Do you want to gain more confidence in supporting your child to develop their speech, language and communication skills?
  • Do you want to speak to your health visiting team about boosting your child’s play and listening skills?

If your answer is yes to any of these questions, then booking yourself on to the 6 weeks Talking Tots programme will enable you to achieve the best start in supporting your child to develop their speech, language and communication skills. Six sessions will be delivered over six weeks. Each session will take place for 90 minutes and parents/carers are given 2 top tips to work on each week to support their child’s speech, language and communication skills. The Talking Tots programme is hosted by the Health Visiting teams on a virtual platform (Zoom). The details will be made available following registration.

HOW TO BOOK

To book a place onto the Talking Tots programme you can;

All sessions will be delivered virtually by the Health Visiting teams. Joining details will be available after registration.

We will be hosting a Talking Tots roadshow on Thursday 19th August in Central Park between 12.00pm-15.00pm. Please come along to find out more information about the programme, and take part in some fun activities and games for all! Please click here to view the details.

Short films by the Children’s Health 0-19 Service

The Children’s Health 0-19 Service are now working to create a series of short films, on a range of health topics to provide information and knowledge for children, young people and their parents/carers. Some of these include Asthma, School Readiness and Getting back to School. Please see this link to view the short films created by the service thus far – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfBuvuA_uMZXJAghIj1WmYZo9E0qDg5a3

Who we are

We work with children and their families as well as other partners such as maternity services, GPs, schools and social workers. 

Together we deliver the Healthy Child Programme (HCP) along side others, to improve the health and well being of all children and young people from 0-19 years, their families and the wider population.

We also have specialist health visitors who work with our families and support other services such as our Child Development Service and Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) services. 

Please find further information on this page regarding our Health Visiting and Family Nurse Partnership Service. For more information on our School Health service please follow this link

Are you are a Parent/Carer living or working in Newham?

Newham’s Early Help Partnership invites you to attend our weekly themed Parents’ Webinars every Thursday afternoon, 4.30pm-5.30pm via Microsoft Teams. Please click here for further information on the webinars.

What we do

Health Visiting Service

Health visitors are nurses or midwives who have taken additional training to become specialist community public health nurses (SCPHN). 

Our health visiting service, including our Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) team works with families from pregnancy until your child goes to school. We support parents to develop close and loving relationships with their babies, improving well-being for all. 

We offer support with:

  • Becoming a parent
  • Your emotional and maternal mental health
  • Feeding your family, including breastfeeding
  • Healthy weight, healthy nutrition, physical activity
  • Managing minor illnesses and reducing the chances your child will need to go to hospital
  • Getting your child ready for school.

Family Nurse Partnership

Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is a home visiting programme for first-time young mums who are 19 or under (at their last menstrual period) and their families. We start working with mothers before they are 28 weeks pregnant and support them to:

  • Have a healthy pregnancy
  • Improve their child's health and development
  • Plan for their futures and reach their goals and aspirations.

Perinatal Mental Health Team

  • The Perinatal Mental Health Team are health visitors who specialise in providing support for mothers at risk or experiencing perinatal mental health issues.
  • The team have additional training to support parents during this period and offer evidence based interventions, the team will also refer to a specialist if required.

Healthy Child Programme

The Healthy Child Programme aims to support health and well being for all families with children under 19. For more information visit the Healthy Child Programme website

Your child’s developmental reviews

You will be invited with your child to discuss their development at various stages including 6-8 weeks, around 1-1.5 years and 2-2.5 years. Due to COVID-19 they will be undertaken by virtual or face to face appointments by your Health Visiting team based on a COVID-19 risk assessment.

If you have any concerns about your child's growth, emotional and mental health, their physical development or cognition, or if you are concerned about your own well-being as a parent, you can always speak to your health visitor by contacting our single point of access on 020 3373 9983.

Your health visiting team

We are teams of health care professionals, led by Specialist Community Public Health Nurses, committed to supporting family, infant and young child health and well being. We work with our school health colleagues who will start looking after your child when they start school.

Specialist Health Visiting Team

The specialist health visiting service provides a targeted service that supports vulnerable children aged 0-5 and their families. The service is comprised of three specialist health visiting teams that is:

  • Specialist health visitors for children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
  • Specialist health visitors for perinatal mental health -natal mental health problems.
  • Specialist Health visitor for HIV

The Specialist Health Visiting Team for children with SEND provides targeted, timely, intensive and coordinated support to children with complex developmental needs and their families. Our support is focused on children aged 0-5 with additional needs. We provide the healthy child program and enhanced early intervention programs in line with current evidence.

We accept referrals into the service of;

  • Antenatal diagnosis of a complex genetic conditions e.g. Down’s syndrome, spinal bifida etc.
  • Babies born with downs syndrome or genetic conditions, cerebral palsy and complex developmental needs.
  • A child with delays requiring the involvement of three or more therapists within the Specialist Children and Young People’s Service.
  • Pre-school or school aged children up to the age of five, who are attending for MDT or assessment for autism.

The specialist health visiting team is co-located with other multi-disciplinary teams within the Child Development Service at West Ham Lane Health Centre. Children and families can access the specialist health visiting service via a referral process from other health visitors or other professionals. For individual enquiries or to book yourself onto our parent support groups, please contact the Specialist Health visitors via 020 3373 9983 Option 3.

Perinatal Mental Health

The perinatal period is the period from conception to 1 year following the birth of the child.  1 in 5 women experience mental health problems during this time making it relatively a common experience. Women may have experienced problems prior to pregnancy or develop mental health problems during pregnancy or in this postnatal period.

PIMH is about the emotional well-being of women, their children, partner and families from conception to 1 year following the child’s birth. The Specialist Health Visiting Team for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (PIMH) are part of the Children’s Health 0-19 and Head Start Service.  The team consists of two specialist health visitors and a nursery nurse.

Perinatal Infant Mental Health Specialist Health Visitors support women and their partners experiencing moderate to severe mental health difficulties in the perinatal period, from pregnancy through to the first year following birth.

They focus on:

  • Parent –infant relationship
  • Maternal mental health
  • Emotional containment
  • Parental advice and support
  • Assessment, referral and multidisciplinary liaison

We accept referrals into the service for Pregnant women or mothers with a child less than 1 year old, living in the London Borough Newham experiencing mild to moderate mental illness and is under the Psychiatric team at Newham Perinatal Mental Health service within BARTS Health.

The specialist Perinatal Mental Health team is co-located with other health visiting teams at Abbey Lane Children’s Centre. Children and families can access the specialist health visiting service via a referral process from other health visitors or other professionals. For individual enquiries or to book yourself onto our support groups, please contact the Specialist Health visitors via 020 3373 9983 Option 3.

If you feel your mental health is deteriorating or if you are in distress, you can call the Newham Mental Health Crisis Helpline, 24 hours a day, on 0207 771 5888. In an emergency call 999.

Getting ready for your baby

If you are well prepared to be a parent, it will make the early days easier. Follow these links for information about mum’s health in pregnancy, the importance of close, loving relationships and how to feed and care for your baby.

Additional information and helpful resources

Welcoming your new baby

Babies need loving care and the best nutrition for their growing bodies and brains. There’s lots of reliable information here about feeding and caring for your new baby including safe sleep, immunisations and parental mental health and well being.

Additional information and helpful resources

Safe sleep for babies

Please see the link below to the Lullaby Trust for information and advice on safe sleep including how to reduce the risk of sudden infant death.

https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/

For any further information or support, please also speak to your Health Visitor.

Feeding your baby

Newham Baby Feeding Support – information about antenatal workshops and postnatal workshops including the helpline can be found here. Please also see this link for further information and support about our online groups and useful links from our Newham Baby Feeding Support team (please open the link via Google Chrome)

Your growing baby

Your baby needs healthy food, your love and attention. Find more information here about weaning, safety tips at home and outside, dental health, common childhood illnesses and activities to support your baby’s health.

Additional information and helpful resources

Your older baby

Find more information here about sharing books, ideas for simple activities to make sure your baby stays a healthy weight, healthy snacks, using a cup, accident prevention and using the toilet.

Additional information and helpful resources

Getting ready for school

As your little one becomes more independent, here is more information about healthy family meals, a love of books and healthy shared activities.

Additional information and helpful resources​

NEON Project

The Nurture Early for Optimal Nutrition (NEON) project is a participant supported study with the aim of optimising the full benefits from child care, feeding, and dental hygiene practices among South Asian population.

Are you;

  • A pregnant woman, mother or carer for an infant under 2 years old?
  • From Indian Gujarati or Punjabi, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi, or Pakistani backgrounds?
  • Living in the London Borough of Newham?

If so, we invite you to join online workshops led by our community facilitators. All participants will be provided vouchers for taking part in the workshops. The NEON programme is led by Dr Logan Manikam and Professor Monica Lakhanpaul.
For more information about the project, please contact Shereen Al Laham on 020 7039 1819 (Ext 1819) or email: s.laham@ucl.ac.uk

If you are interested in joining the online workshops, please contact:

Sukhjit Matharu on 07572 140 981 or email Sukhjit.matharu@newham.gov.uk

Najiyah Khanom on 07825 722 500 or email Najiyah.khanom@newham.gov.uk

Contact Us

Please contact the service through our single point of access on 020 3373 9983.

Health Visiting

healthvisiting@newham.gov.uk

School Health

schoolhealth@newham.gov.uk

Family Nurse Partnership (FNP)

FNP@newham.gov.uk

Your feedback

All feedback is appreciated and encouraged. Please let us know how we are doing, and help us to work together to improve the health of all children in Newham. To leave your feedback, please complete our survey below.

0-19 Children's Health Service feedback survey​

If you would like to leave us more detailed positive or negative feedback please visit www.newham.gov.uk/complaints