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
We are also launching our Children’s Health Service 0-19 Parent Forums to give you the opportunity to share your views on our Health Visiting, School Health and Family Nurse Partnership Teams. Please see more information here
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.
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
You will be invited with your child to discuss their development at various stages including 6-8 weeks, around 1 year and 2-2.5 years.
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. Please see below copies of our well baby clinic cards.
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.
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.
Breastfeeding provides tailored nutrition for babies, as well as support for their immature immune system and lots of close contact to support brain development and emotional well being.
Our team will support you however you feed your baby with information about all aspects of baby feeding including breastfeeding, bottle feeding and moving onto family foods at around 6 months.
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.
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
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
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