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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and for the protection of our communities and staff, we are prioritising services so that face-to-face contact will only continue where safe to do so. We are working very hard to ensure we keep providing you with a safe and high quality service over telephone or CHAT Health in the first instance.

Our staff are still available to help you and we are still providing services, so contact us on one of the numbers below and you will be redirected to the most appropriate source of help:

Mid Essex Tel: 0300 247 0014

North Essex Tel: 0300 247 0015

South Essex Tel: 0300 247 0013

West Essex Tel: 0300 247 0122

Please follow national guidance here http://nhs.uk/coronavirus. Do not visit any of our delivery sites or family hubs if you have symptoms or if you have come into contact with someone that has.

Advice to parents and carers during COVID-19 Crisis

We recognise that the COVID 19 crisis is an extremely difficult time for families, children and young people. Family life and daily routines have been impacted on. Schools have closed and face to face social interactions are now limited to within the household.

We have worked together to put in place a bank of resources that you can access through our website and our Facebook page to help you and families during this time.

Click here to get details on the resources available to you.

Support available for you and your family

Services directory

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Nursing 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 Continence Service

The children’s continence service supports children from the ages of 4-19 years of age. This covers children with day time wetting, night time wetting and constipations issues.

Citizens’ Panel

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

Community Allergy Service

The West Essex Community Allergy Service is run by a Paediatric Dietitian and Allergy Nurse, with support from Allergy Champions in the Healthy Family Teams

External Advice and Guidance

External information, guidance and support services available

Family Innovation Fund (FIF) Early Help Services

Essex County Council’s Children and Families Team provides grants from its Family Innovation Fund (FIF).

Feeding Your Baby

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

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

The term ‘Looked after Children and Young People’ means children who are ‘looked after’ by the local authority. The aim of the Looked after Children (LAC) Service is to help you with any problems with your health and emotional wellbeing.

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


View and download the relevant referral forms for all the information you need to refer a patient into the Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service.


Safeguarding Children means protecting Children and Young People from harm or abuse so they can grow and develop into happy and healthy children. If your concerned about a child please view the Safeguarding page.

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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