Healthy Family Service

We support children and families in Essex with parenting and their health and wellbeing.

The Healthy Family Service is made up of a collection of different professionals, including health visitors, school nurses, and healthy family support workers. Together we work to promote the health and wellbeing of children in Essex.

We’re able to see children and families in the community; whether in a local clinic, play area or in your own home.

What we do

We deliver broad areas of support:

    1. Health Visiting: e.g. pre-birth contact, helping you as a parent, new baby review, maternal mental health, weighing your baby and wellbeing and development of children reviews

    2. Parenting Support: e.g. support with breastfeeding and childcare confidence

    3. School Nursing: e.g. support for young people in schools and their families with health and wellbeing and mid-teen health review

    4. Family Health: e.g. support with substance misuse for parents, contraception advice, nutrition support, mental health (maternal & infant) and smoking cessation

    5. Resilience and Development: preparing families for their child to go to school, domestic violence support, returning to work and accessing education, training and employment

    6. Support for ages 5-19: e.g. help with dental care, immunisations, physical, emotional or developmental problems, information on specific health issues

    7. Support for young people with special educational needs and disabilities up to the age of 25

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Who you and your child might see

The team is made up of health visitors, school nurses, staff nurses and community health workers.

Read more about Health Visiting and School Nursing.

How you can access the service

You will be automatically referred to your Healthy Family Team when you’re pregnant.

When your baby is born, our health visitors will be told by the hospital. We’ll contact you to arrange a first visit.

If you move into the area after your child is born, your new GP will usually let us know you have registered and we’ll make contact with you. Alternatively, you can call us directly.

Once your child reaches school age their school nurse will receive details that your child has started school.

Our service can be contacted by phone and email in normal working hours and we run regular drop-in child health clinics at our Family Hubs. See the list on the right for contact details for all our local teams.