Health Visitors work as part of a team with Community Nursery Nurses to promote good health and to help with the prevention of illness in all age groups in conjunction with the Department of Health Healthy Child Programme. The health visiting team work with parents and carers who have children under five, providing advice/support on areas such as:
- Help with feeding, behaviour, toilet training, sleep issues
- Advice on minor childhood ailments and accident prevention
- Parenting skills
- Domestic violence
- Teenage pregnancy
- Alcohol, drugs and smoking
- Mental health (for infants, children and adults)
- Safeguarding work with children and families in need of extra support
- Nutrition, active play and obesity
- Immunisation advice
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Speech, language and communication
- All other aspects of health and childcare
What else can your health visiting team offer?
- Post-natal depression support
- Breastfeeding support groups
- Child Health drop-in clinics
- Parenting support
- Weaning groups
- Advice and support at home
- Minor ailment workshops
- Sleep workshops
When to expect to see your health visiting team?
If you are expecting your first child, a Health Visitor will see you during or after your 28th week of pregnancy either at home or in clinic.
When your baby is 10-14 days old, the Health Visitor will make a home visit. Then, when your baby is six weeks old, a member of the team will review your baby's growth and development either in clinic or at home.
After this you will be invited to attend developmental reviews at a clinic or local children's centre when your child is between 9 and 12 months old and again when they are between 2 and 2 and a half years old. Any other contacts are delivered according to individual needs.
Who do we work with?
We often work with other agencies in the best interests of families, including GPs, School Nurses, Speech Therapists, education staff, hospital staff, other therapists (Adult or Child Services) and Children's Centres.
With your consent we may share confidential information, and will only share information without permission when we have a duty of care due to serious concerns about the welfare or safety of a child or young person.
Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) 9am-5pm, on:
Sutton Health Visitors: 020 8661 3904