All families with a child under five in Darlington have access to a Growing Healthy 0-5 Team consisting of health visitors, early years practitioners and infant feeding specialists. They provide expert health assessments, advice, support and interventions for babies, children and families.
The team encourages and supports parents and carers to develop life-long skills to enable them to make informed choices that affect their family’s future health and wellbeing.
The team is community-based and is accessible at a range of different venues including the family home, children’s centres and health centres. The service works in partnership with other agencies to ensure all families receive support.
Health visitors are registered nurses or midwives who have an additional qualification in specialist community public health nursing. They are highly skilled in the assessment and co-ordination of support tailored to individual and family needs
The team aims to help build parents’ confidence in their ability to give their child the best start in life and listen carefully when parents have concerns. It identifies and builds on what is going well, and provides information to help parents find their own solutions to problems where possible.
The Darlington Growing Healthy 0-5 Service offers a programme of:
• Screening tests
• Immunisation advice
• Developmental reviews
• Information and guidance to support parenting and healthy lifestyle choices
Healthy Child Programme (HCP)
The Healthy Child Programme (HCP) is a public health programme for children, young people and families which focuses on early intervention and prevention. The HCP offers a programme of screening tests, immunisations, developmental reviews, information and guidance to support parenting and healthy lifestyle choices.
The Healthy Child Programme contacts include:
- Antenatal contact
- New birth visit at 10-14 days
- Contact at 6-8 weeks
- Contact at 3-4 months
- A child health review/development assessment by one year of age
- A child health review/development assessment by two and a half years of age
- A child health review/development assessment may be offered between 3-5 years
Some common areas of information and support:
- Pregnancy and transition into parenthood
- Infant feeding/ specialist breast feeding support
- Growth and nutrition
- Healthy eating
- Dental health
- Accident prevention
- Safe sleeping
- Speech and language development
- Common childhood illness/infection
- Postnatal depression and emotional wellbeing
Our service is delivered in partnership with a range of health, social and education organisations and teams including:
- Early Help
- Early Years Education providers
- School nurses
- Voluntary sector
- Sexual Health Services
Child health clinics
Child health clinics are held across Darlington Borough. They are in central points in the community (usually children’s centres or community centres). These clinics are open to all families on a ‘drop in’ basis.
The service accepts referrals from:
- Midwifery services
- GPs and other professionals
- Self-referral from parents/carers
- Other statutory and voluntary agencies
The Health Visiting Service positively encourages feedback from families and uses a range of methods to capture and improve their experience.
We have an administrative base at:
Suite 6, The Beehive
The Health Visiting Team can be contacted Monday-Friday 9am-5pm excluding bank holidays.
The Darlington Growing Healthy 0-5 Team central contact number is 03000 030013.