Pregnancy and first five years
The Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service provides an important role in making sure all children have the best start in life, by offering a range of services to all children, young people, and families.
Early experiences, including before birth, can have a profound impact on lifelong health, wellbeing, and opportunities. Our service provision commences from 28 weeks of pregnancy and continues through to primary school age, providing evidence-based practice and expert health advice, information, and support to facilitate and empower parents to care for their children.
You do not have to be referred into our service as we are informed of all families with children who are either born or move into Essex – we will get in touch with you. However, you are more than welcome to contact us at any time.
Who will I see?
This service is made up of many different professionals working within a Healthy Family Team and are key in supporting the growth and development of your child, to maximise their potential for future life experiences.
These professionals include
- Health Visitors (HV) are qualified nurses and/or midwives who have additional specialist training to support the assessment of needs for children and families, identifying any additional support that may be required and addressing any concerns that you may have.
- Family Wellbeing Nurses (FWN) are qualified nurses and/or midwives who undertake assessments of your child and deliver supportive work to address any identified areas of need required.
- Healthy Family Support Practitioners are professionals who have a National Vocational Qualification in Early Years and/or Child Development, who undertake routine assessments of your child and deliver family support work to address any identified areas of need required.
- Family Hub Practitioners are professionals who have a National Vocational Qualification in Early Years and/or Child Development, who deliver routine promotional and guided workshops on a one-to-one basis or within a group in the Family Hubs and Delivery Sites. These are likely to be the first point of contact within our Hubs and Delivery sites and have a wealth of knowledge and experience to signpost to other relevant services within the community.
All professionals will work in partnership with you and your family to decide on the level of support you may require. They work closely with Midwives, GPs and Practice Nurses and may refer or signpost to other services too.
When will I be seen?
The Healthy Family Team offer routine contacts to ALL families living in Essex within the first 3 years.
These are as follows:
- Antenatal Contact – an opportunity to introduce you to our service from 28 weeks of pregnancy and provide guidance during this period
- New Baby Review – A home visit to all newborn babies and the parent/carer, when your baby is between 10 and 14 days old
- 6 to 8 week Contact – A follow-up contact with you and your baby to discuss how you are managing and an opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have.
- Under 1 Year Review – An assessment of your child’s growth and development, usually between 9 and 11 months of age.
- 2 to 3 Year Review – An assessment of your child’s growth and development, usually between 30 and 36 months of age
These visits will take place in your own home or within the Family Hubs or Delivery Sites and may in some circumstances, be offered as a video conference.
Family Hub Offer
In addition to these contacts, there is a range of services available for you to access through our Family Hubs and Delivery Sites, these include groups, activities and community events. All the details on the services available locally to you can be accessed through clicking on your local hub page in the top right hand frame of your screen.