Our health visitors work with parents and carers to ensure that children have the best start in life and are able to achieve their full potential.
Every family with children under five has a named health visitor who offers support and encouragement through the early years from pregnancy and birth, to primary school and beyond to support you to stay healthy and avoid illness.
We provide a wide-ranging service to children and their families and we can also refer you to other services to support you with more specialist problems.
When you become pregnant you will have a named health visitor assigned to you and you will receive a home visit before your baby is born.
You can expect support and information about:
- Family health and wellbeing including support for mothers with postnatal depression
- Infant feeding with special knowledge of breast feeding
- A child’s growth and development – including advice for a child who is either underweight or overweight
- Common childhood infections/illnesses and immunisation
- Common skin problems
- Language development and early learning guidance
- Behavioural difficulties including sleeping, eating, potty training, temper tantrums
- Healthy eating, play, safety and exercise
- Accident prevention
- Acting as key worker for young children with disabilities
- Local child health clinics, support groups and parenting groups where you can meet other parents.
Health visitors work with midwives, GPs, Sure Start children’s centres and local community and voluntary services.
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.
You can contact your health visitor through your GP surgery.