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Children's Community Service

Who are we?

Our team are made up of Health Visitors, Health Improvement Service Nurses (previously School Nurses) and Community Nursery Nurses.

Who are Health Visitors and Health Improvement Service Nurses?

We are qualified nurses or midwives with specialist training in public health for children, young people and families. 

We work with local communities, the whole family and individual children in different settings e.g. homes, Children’s Centres, Schools and GP surgeries.

 

Health Visitors lead and deliver the healthy Child programme for 0-5 year olds offering support to all families in pregnancy up to when a child reaches 5.

Health Improvement Service Nurses lead and deliver the Healthy Child Programme for 5-19 year olds working predominately with children, young people and families.

We work closely with other health services, including schools, to ensure that the Child’s health needs are met. We are skilled in spotting health problems or concerns early, so that we can provide early support. We work with other services to ensure each and every child and young person lives in a safe environment.

What is the Healthy Child Programme?

The healthy child programme is a programme for children, young people and families which focuses on early intervention and prevention and offers research based guidance on development reviews, immunisations, screenings and healthy choices

 Who are Community Nursery Nurses?

  •  We work within Children’s Services with Health Visitors and Health Improvement Service Nurses.
  • We are qualified Nursery Nurses and our area of expertise covers children’s development up to the age of 8 Years.
  • We visit families in their home, offering support and advice around a range of behaviour and development concerns including toilet training, meal time management, sleep, speech and language.
  • We co-facilitate Well baby Clinics with Health Visitors and carry out screening with the Health Improvement Service Nurses.We also work in partnership with Children’s Centres and local nurseries.

 

How can Health Visitors Support you and your child aged 0-5 years?

 

  • We help support the health and wellbeing of your whole family, from antenatal visits until your child goes to school. We provide advice on healthy choices e.g. breastfeeding, weaning and healthy eating.
  • We work closely with children’s centres to promote family activities which help build a strong bond with your child.
  • We offer developmental reviews to ensure your child is reaching their full potential.
  • We promote the childhood immunisation programme which ensures your child is protected against disease and infection.
  • We offer support and information to families with specific difficulties such as postnatal depression.
  • We help support your whole family into education, training or work.
  • We offer advice and information on wider issues such as housing problems, domestic abuse and child abuse.
  • We work in partnership with specialist services to support families with additional needs e.g. speech and language therapists.
  • We support parents to feel confident in their parenting skills and to provide the best opportunities for their child.
  • For details of local baby clinics, please ring 01206 206257 or you can call your local team on the numbers below.

 

How can Health Improvement Service Nurses support you and your child aged 5-19 years?

 

  • We provide a confidential health service.
  • We help support the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of children, young people and families.
  • We provide healthy choices e.g. healthy eating, dental health, sexual health and substance misuse
  • We work closely with your child’s school to promote a healthy lifestyle, including diet and exercise.
  • We offer health reviews to ensure your child continues to reach their full potential by promoting optimal health and wellbeing for all children and young people.
  • We offer advice about the childhood immunisation programme which ensures your child is protected against disease and infection.
  • We offer support and information for teenage parents.
  • We provide specific support for families with complex needs so that your child can continue to enjoy their education at school.
  • We work in partnership with outside agencies to promote the rights and educational needs of young carers.
  • We offer advice and information on the issues of bed wetting and constipation.

http://www.publichealth.hscni.net/publications/birth-five

 

What does your local service provide?

Community (Your neighbourhood)

In the community there are a range of health services for children, young people and their families. Health Visitors and Health Improvement Service Nurses lead in ensuring that you know about these services and that they are made accessible to everyone. We work with local communities to ensure they are equipped to deliver local services.

Universal Service (Offered to every family)

Health Visitors and Health Improvement Service Nurses lead and deliver the Healthy Child Programme to ensure a healthy start for each and every child. The Healthy Child Programme starts in pregnancy and continues through to school leavers. This includes promoting positive physical, emotional and mental health and assessing the health and development of children and young people, whilst supporting new parents.

Universal Plus (Further support for families)

Health Visitors and Health Improvement Service Nurses are able to support parents, children, young people and families when they need extra help. Some examples include support with specific parenting issues, post natal depression, asthma, emotional difficulties and bullying.

Universal Partnership Plus (Families who need additional support)

Health Visitors and Health Improvement Service Nurses are able to provide ongoing support, with extra support from a range of local services working together with the family, to deal with more complex issues over a period of time. Some examples include special educational needs, drug and alcohol misuse, child and adolescent mental health services, looked after children and young carers. Health Visitors and School Nurses work together to protect children and ensure they are safe.

Health Visitors and Health Improvement Services Nurses are responsible for delivering cost effective public health programmes and interventions to improve health outcomes for all parents, children, young people and families.

Some of the key public health issues include:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Dental health
  • Growth and development
  • Healthy weight and physical activity
  • Emotional health and wellbeing
  • Sexual health advice and guidance
  • Smoking cessation
  • Drug and alcohol misuse

 

Local Information

North Tendring                                 North Colchester

Harwich Team 01255 201253            Central Team 01206 747827

Connaught Team 01255 670220       Bluebell Team 01206 747371


South Tendring                                    South Colchester

Reckitts Team 01255 201655             Shrubend Team 01206 747141

West Clacton Team 01255 687150   Monkwick Team 01206 747101



Parent and Carer resources


Take a look at the following leaflet 'Preparing for Primary School'   



 

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