Meet the Team

Our healthy child team work with young people, children and families ensuring children are able to reach their full potential and have the best possible start in life.

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Health Visitors (0 - 5 years team)

Health Visitors

Health visitors are qualified nurses or midwives with specialist training in public health for children, young people and families. Health visitor’s additional public health training enables them to effectively promote good health and prevent illness through assessing the health needs of individuals, families and the wider community. 

Health visitors lead and deliver the Healthy Child Programme for 0-5 year olds, offering support to all families in pregnancy and up to when children are aged 5. Health visitors provide a wide range of services to children and their families and can also refer to other services to support more specialist problems.

 

Child Health and Development Workers

Child Health and Development qualified workers are part of the team working alongside the Health visitors and can support with a variety of child health, behaviour and development needs, such as child safety, sleep, speech and language, tantrums, healthy eating and toilet training.

 

The health visiting team provide information and support about:

  • Health and wellbeing of your whole family, from ante-natal visits until your child goes to school including support for parents or carer’s mental health 
  • Provide advice on healthy choices with special knowledge of breastfeeding and healthy eating
  • Offer growth and development reviews and support to ensure your child is reaching their full potential this also includes language development and early learning and can refer to specialist services if required
  • Support parents to feel confident in their parenting skills and to provide the best opportunities for their baby
  • Provide advice on immunisations and childhood infections/illness and common skin problems and accident prevention
  • Provide advice and support on children’s behavior, including sleeping, toilet training, eating, tantrums and mental health. 
  • Offer support and information to families experiencing specific difficulties such as postnatal depression, social isolation and domestic abuse
  • Work in partnership with partner agencies to support families with additional needs
  • Supporting your child to get ready for school

 

We also work jointly with other groups, including schools, children’s services and children’s charities, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children so they are protected from significant harm.

 

School nurses (5 - 19 years team)

School nurses are qualified nurses or midwives with specialist training in public health for children, young people and families. They lead and deliver the Healthy Child Programme for 5-19 year olds, working with children, young people and their families and have a key role in supporting children and young people in school settings. School nurses: 

  • Help support the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people
  • Provide advice on healthy choices e.g. healthy eating, dental health, sexual health and substance misuse
  • Offer health reviews to ensure your child continues to reach their full potential
  • Provide specific support for families with complex needs such as diabetes and asthma
  • Offer advice and information on health issues including bedwetting 
  • Work closely with your child’s school to promote a healthy lifestyle
  • Provide information on the childhood immunisation programme to protect against disease and infection