What does the Health Visiting service do?
Health visiting teams care for the health and well-being of babies, children and their families.
Teams work closely with families and other people such as family doctors, school nurses, midwives, Children’s Centres, Family Nurse Partnership, Social Care Services, local community groups and voluntary services.
Everything your child needs for a good start
We offer to you and your family the Healthy Child Programme. To find out more about this look in your child’s Personal Child Health Record or “red book”.
Our service promotes health in the whole community and we are particularly involved with families who have children under five for people in East Sussex.
Our role is to offer support, care and encouragement to families through the early years from pregnancy and birth to primary school. Once your child starts school the school nursing team will provide care for the health and well-being of children 4 to 5 to 19 and their families.
Health Visiting aims to improve the health of our communities by:
- Promoting healthy lifestyles
- Achieve population immunity through increased update of immunisations
- Increased breastfeeding
- Appropriate infant nutrition and lifestyle changes to tackle rising obesity and related illnesses later in life
- Improve maternal mental health and well-being enabling strong early attachment and infant emotional well-being
- Improved school readiness
- Reduced number of children requiring formal safeguarding arrangements- achieved through early identification and intervention
- Increased access to evidence based interventions through the HCP to children and families and tailored to meet specific needs