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Health Visiting

Health visitors are nurses with extra specialist qualifications who specialise in child and family health and wellbeing. We’re here to ensure that through the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme, children, their families and carers, avoid illness and stay healthy.

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Who is this service for?

We work with mums, dads, families and carers through your pregnancy up until your child is ready to start school.

Get access to this service

Your midwife will automatically refer you to a health visitor. If you move into a new area and register with a GP you will be given a new Health Visitor.

We will usually visit you for the first time around your 28th week of pregnancy and then around 10-14 days after your baby is born. At these visits you will plan, together with your health visitor,  future contacts as part of the Healthy Child Programme and will see your health visitor at your local child health clinic, Children Centre, GP surgery or health centre.

How we can help

We can provide advice, support and guidance in caring for your child, including support with:

  • Breastfeeding, weaning and healthy eating

  • Exercise, hygiene and safety

  • Your child’s growth and development

  • Emotional health and wellbeing, including postnatal depression

  • Safety in the home

  • Stopping smoking

  • Contraception and sexual health

  • Sleep and behaviour management (including temper tantrums!)

  • Toilet training

  • Minor illnesses

If you have a child under five and want advice on any health issue, you can ask your health visitor. If we’re not able to provide the support, we can make referrals to other services, or give you information on where else to get help. 

Healthy Child Programme

Keeping your child safe and well

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There are lots of things you can do to help keep your child safe and well.

Safeguarding Children

More information on safeguarding children is available.  

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Want to become a health visitor?

Health visitors make a real difference to families, and there are lots of ways for you to train, retrain or return to practice. Find out more.