What are Health Visitors?
Health Visitors are qualified nurses or midwives with specialist community public health training. Health Visitors provide families with children aged 0–5 years, with:
- support for the health and wellbeing of your whole family, providing antenatal visits, a visit after the midwife ends her care once your baby has arrived, and support and advice until your child goes to school.
- advice on healthy choices, e.g. breastfeeding, weaning and healthy eating.
- development reviews to ensure your child is reaching their full potential.
- the childhood immunisation programme, which ensures your child is protected against disease and infection.
- information about specific difficulties, such as postnatal depression.
- support for your whole family into education, training or work.
- advice and information on wider issues such as housing problems, domestic abuse or child abuse.
- help with specialist services to support additional needs, e.g. speech and language therapists.
- support for you to feel confident in your parenting skills and to provide the best opportunities for your baby.
Within Suffolk, our Health Visiting teams are integrated with our Children’s Centres, providing a range of services to help you and your family stay safe, happy and healthy.
We also work alongside other agencies such as GPs, midwives, school nurses, early years’ settings, voluntary and community groups, and children's services.
How can the Health and Children’s Centre team help me?
Some parents find the early years of a child’s life both satisfying and rewarding but also challenging and frustrating. This is where the Health and Children’s Centre team can help you. By working together, we can help ease some of the worries of being a parent, and support you and your family to raise a happy and healthy child.
The Healthy Child Programme that you and your baby will be offered includes regular health and development reviews during their early years which will be carried out by your Health and Children’s Centre team. This is recommended to make sure that your child stays healthy and is developing normally. Reviews can be done in your home, GP surgery, clinic, or Children’s Centre, and provide you with time to ask questions and discuss any concerns you may have.
For more information about your local Health and Children's Centres go to the Suffolk Health and Children's Centres page.
Further information regarding what to expect at health and development reviews can be found on NHS Choices.
Here is a list and timetable of our child health clinics (latest update 05 December 2018).
Below you can find lots of useful information and advice on a range of topics, and useful leaflets and resources that your health visitor may go through with you (click the + sign for details):
You and your baby (0-12 months) leaflets & resources
You and your toddler (12-24 months) leaflets & resources
You and your child (24 months plus) leaflets & resources
Benefits and tax credits
Divorce and separation
Drug and alcohol misuse
Learning and development
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Speech and language
Teething and dental health
|If you think a child or young person is at risk of abuse, harm or neglect please call 0808 800 4005.
This is a 24-hour service staffed by a team of professional people who will listen to your concerns and take
appropriate actions. For more information, including live web chat, please contact Customer First.
For job vacancies in health visiting go to Suffolk Jobs Direct to search for job vacancies in health.
The West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has produced some informative health service guides, which detail the contacts of health visitors and school nursing.
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