Welcome to Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service


On behalf of Essex County Council and the NHS, Virgin Care and Barnardo’s provide a range of child and family services throughout Essex that are free at the point of delivery.

Support available for you and your family

Services directory

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Service

We support families and children with ADHD

Children’s Community Nursing

Providing nursing care to young people who have a short or long term nursing need

Children’s Assessment and Development Unit (CADU)

We cater for children who are referred by their paediatrician as requiring a special autism assessment

Citizens’ Panel

The Citizens’ Panel gives you the opportunity to have your say, improve and shape children & young people’s services in Essex

Feeding Your Baby

We provide evidenced-based information about infant feeding and promote breastfeeding

Have a welfare concern about a child?

If you have a concern about a child’s welfare you should contact your Safeguarding team

Healthy Family Service

Our multidisciplinary team of health visitors, school nurses and healthy family practitioners support children and families in Essex with parenting and their health and wellbeing

Healthy Schools

We work with schools to improve the health and wellbeing of pupils, teachers and parents/carers

JADES: Journey of Autism Diagnosis and Early Support

We initiate an in-depth assessment to potentially rule out or confirm a diagnosis of autism.

Looked After Children Service

We promote the health and emotional wellbeing of young people in care

Occupational Therapy

We support young people with physical, sensory impairments, developmental and cognitive needs that impact on their daily life


We support children with movement disorders, disability or illness to develop their movement skills and reach their full potential

School Readiness

We help to measure school readiness in children before they start school.

School Transition

We help children cope with changes, such as moving from primary school to secondary, and from children’s to adult services.

A bit about us

The Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service brings together a range of children’s community services. It’s provided by Virgin Care in partnership with Barnardo’s on behalf of Essex County Council and the NHS.

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