Child and mum talking with health visitor

Health visiting service

The health visiting service provides a community public health service to children, young people and their families with a focus on early intervention and prevention, as well as promoting physical, emotional and social wellbeing. We work with local communities, the whole family, and individual children in different settings including homes,  clinics, children's centres & schools.

Health visitors work closely with other health services to ensure that children's health needs are met, and work with other non-health services to ensure that each and every child and young person lives and grows in a safe and healthy environment. We help support the health and wellbeing of your whole family, from antenatal visits up until your child goes to school.

We offer support and advice on the following:

  • child growth and development
  • immunisations
  • childhood illnesses and ailments
  • behavioural difficulties
  • breast feeding, introducing solids, infant feeding and any other feeding issues
  • bonding and attachment
  • postnatal depression
  • domestic violence
  • medical issues, child or family
  • children with additional needs
  • Safeguarding
  • eRedbook

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

Breast feeding

Breast feeding baby

Breast feeding useful links and resources