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Health Visitors (0 - 5 years 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.

York's Healthy Child Service delivers information, advice and support for children and parents and of children 0 - 19 years old.

The Healthy Child Service incorporates York's Health Visiting and School Nursing Services and works with families, young people and children up to the age of 19. The team works across the city covering the North, East and West of York from three locality bases.

You can find out more about the teams and the services they offer by expanding the below.

Contact York Healthy Child Service on 01904 555475.

Everyone can expect from the health visiting team

  • An antenatal contact (usually after 28 weeks gestation)
  • A home visit when your child is 10-14 days old
  • A home visit when your child is 6-8 weeks old
  • A child’s 9-12 month old health review contact
  • A child’s 2 year old health review contact
  • Telephone advice and support between 9am till 5pm
  • Child health clinics by appointment Monday and Wednesday
  • Home, Video and telephone contacts
  • Use of any child health clinic across the City of York Council
  • Telephone and Virtual breastfeeding advice and support from specialist breastfeeding trained health visitors

Help and support when needed

  • 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 carers 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 have a duty of care and 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.

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. 

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, behavior and development needs, such as child safety, sleep, speech and language, tantrums, healthy eating and toilet training.

Information Sharing

We only share information with those who need to know and will discuss this with you beforehand.  We share contact details and information regularly with GPs, Midwives, Children’s Centre’s, and school health.  Occasionally we will share relevant information with social services however whenever possible this will be discussed beforehand.

There may be special circumstances when it is necessary to share information without your permission (If we believe you or your child is at risk of harm).

Feedback

We would love to hear from you with comments/suggestions about developing or improving our service.  Please discuss with your health visitor team or speak to a manager on 01904 555475 or visit healthy child service survey link

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