Health Visiting

Health Visitors in Suffolk work in the community, offering support to families with children who are under five years old.

Health Visitors in Suffolk work in the community, offering support to families with children under five. They work from a number of venues, including GP surgeries, family centres and community buildings.

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What do Health Visitors do?

The role of a Health Visitor is to improve children's health in the crucial first years of life by providing advice and support to families in their homes, through clinic appointments, or at group sessions, including: 

  • growth and development support
  • advice about common childhood illness and how to manage these
  • managing behaviour difficulties including sleeping, eating, potty training, temper tantrums and teething
  • healthy nutrition, breastfeeding, weaning, healthy eating, hygiene, safety and exercise
  • antenatal and postnatal support
  • support for people experiencing domestic abuse
  • providing advice on safety and accident prevention
  • baby clinics and parenting support groups
  • promoting the national screening and immunisation programmes
  • working in partnership with families to develop health plans to their needs

They also:

  • assess the health needs of children and families
  • deliver the Healthy Child Programme for children aged between 0-5 years
  • monitor the health and development of children between 0-5 years, involving the family in promoting optimum health and development of all children
  • intervene to protect vulnerable children and adults, for example child protection and/or domestic violence
  • work collaboratively with other agencies, statutory and voluntary, to meet local and national targets in order to improve and reduce health inequalities
  • promote good health in early years to reduce health inequalities, implementing the public health/health protection agenda across Suffolk
  • support early intervention to identify and address the needs of children and families

How do I get support from a Health Visitor?

The Health Visiting Service is universal, which means that every child/family in Suffolk has access to a health visitor. This universal service is part of the Healthy Child Programme offered to all families with a child aged 0 to 5 who live in Suffolk.

Health Visiting teams are based at clinics, health centres, children's centres and extended schools. They also work with families in their own homes.

Find your local Health Visiting team and their details

Referrals for support with health and wellbeing issues over and above the routine healthy child programme can be made by families, early year’s settings, schools, GPs, social care and other allied health professionals. 

Useful links

The Source - Information and advice for young people in Suffolk