Health visitors play an important role in making sure all children have the best start in life.
Early experiences, including before birth, can have a profound impact on lifelong health and wellbeing of young children and their families. Health visitors offer expert health advice, information, and support to facilitate and empower parents to care for their children.
The role of your health visitor
All health visitors are qualified nurses and/or midwives and have specialist training to be able to provide the best support to families with young children. Health visitors are also able to signpost families to other services as your family needs. They will work in partnership with you and your family to decide on the level of support you may require. They also work closely with midwives, practices nurses and GPs and may call on other professionals too.
Healthy family support workers also work alongside health visitors. They deliver a range of workshops such as introducing solid foods, new parent groups, and also see families to offer one to one support with specific concerns such as behaviour or sleep.
Health visitors are there to help and support you and your family with any concerns that you have.
When will I be seen?
Health visitors are there to help and support you and your family with any needs that are impacting upon your health and wellbeing.
The five contacts available to all families are:
- An antenatal contact to meet with you (and your partner) between 28 and 36 weeks of pregnancy
- A home visit to complete the new birth visit when your baby is between 10 and 14 days old
- A contact when your baby is between 6 and 8 weeks of age
- A review to assess your baby’s development before you baby is one (usually between 9 and 11 months)
- A review contact when your child is 2 years (usually between 24 and 36 months)
These visits will normally take place in your own home.
How do I access my health visiting service?
We see all families with children up to the age of 5 years. Families do not have to be referred into the service as we are informed about all families with young children who are born or move into the area – so we will get in touch with you.
Our service can be contacted by phone or email in normal working hours and we run regular drop-in child health clinics in Family Hubs. See the list on the right for contact details for all our local teams.