About us

The Barking and Dagenham 0-19 Childrens Universal service provides the National Healthy Child Programme for health (HCP). The HCP is a health care programme that is offered families/ carers with children from antenatal to 19 years of age.

The 0-19 service workforce is a multi skill mix team which includes the following:

  • Administrators – including a Single Point of Access (SPA)
  • Clinical support workers
  • Nursery Nurses
  • Community nurses
  • Staff Nurses
  • Health Visitors
  • School Nurses
  • Operational leads
  • Team leads
  • Service manager

Health visiting service

The role of a health visitor is to offer support, guidance and programmes of health promotion to all families from pregnancy and birth to primary school and beyond. Support and advice that can be provided by health visitors to parents includes:

  • Antenatal – introduction to service and family needs assessment.
  • Child growth and development
  • Immunisations
  • Childhood illnesses and ailments
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Breast feeding, weening, infant feeding and any other feeding issues
  • Postnatal depression
  • Domestic violence
  • Medical issues, child or family
  • Children with additional needs
  • E red-book
  • Child health clinics
  • Parent-led weigh in

The length of time a family receives support from the health visitor will depend on their individual circumstances and health needs.

Health visiting service

School nursing service

The school nursing service works in partnership with children, young people and their families to ensure that children’s health needs are supported within their school and their community. The teams provide support to schools, families and children, including those with disabilities and complex emotional needs, on a wide range of topics.

These include:

  • Support on healthy lifestyles.
  • Stopping smoking and obesity.
  • Social education and citizenship.
  • Carrying out development screening.
  • Supporting/signposting children with medical needs such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy to appropriate services.
  • Early intervention for children and young people requiring emotional support

Contact the teams



Contact Numbers


Thames View Health Centre
Bastable Avenue, Barking IG11 0LG

Opening Times:

Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

0300 300 1672/1813


Julia Engwell Clinic
Woodward Road, Dagenham RM9 4SR

Opening Times:

Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

0300 300 1875


Five Elms Health Centre
Five Elms Road,
Dagenham RM9 5TT

Opening Times:

Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

0300 300 1727

We also work closely with other partner agency which may be from other health care settings, including GP, community solutions, social care and other voluntary and community groups.