We work with children, young people and families to empower and enable them to make informed decisions about health and to support them in transitioning safely and happily into adult life. The Darlington Growing Healthy 5-19 Team works in community settings to deliver universal and targeted interventions designed to meet public health outcomes. We ensure the emotional and physical health and wellbeing of families, children and young people across Darlington.
We provide a service to all children and young people of school age, and their families, whether or not they are attending school. The service is based on the Healthy Child Programme from 5-19 years old. We offer advice and information and assess health needs on children entering school and on transfer to secondary schools. We are the first point of contact for schools when there are concerns about a child’s health and wellbeing.
We are also responsible for:
- Measuring and weighing children in reception and year 6 as part of the National Child Measurement Programme
- Universal screening for vision and audiology for reception children
- There is a designated Immunisation Team who undertake immunisation and vaccinations
- Providing first level enuresis (involuntary urination) advice and support
- Providing emotional health and wellbeing support
- Supporting children and families with additional health needs or disability
- Parenting and behavioural problems
- Risk taking behaviour including drugs and alcohol
- Stop smoking advice
- Relationships, sexual health and pregnancy
- Promoting healthy lifestyles in schools and communities through health education
Specialist advice and support will also be offered to:
Children in need of protection and their families; children and families in need; foster carers and children who are in care.
Darlington Growing Healthy 5-19 Team
The team comprises specialist community public health nurses (School Nurse), community staff nurses , FISCH Team (Family Initiative Supporting Children’s Health) school nurse assistant practitioners, school screeners and health administrators. We have a link named School Nurse for each school and GP Practice in the localities in which we work.
We work closely with Health Visitors so that children and families with complex health and social care needs are identified early. We support the development and implementation of health management plans to promote the child’s health and wellbeing, school attendance, education and attainment.
When young people and families require targeted interventions, these may be provided solely by the School Nursing Team or delivered in partnership.
We work in local schools and a variety of community venues including children’s centres, health and home settings.
We have an administrative base at:
Suite 6, The Beehive
We accept referrals from a range of sources including children and young people, parents/carers, schools, other health professionals, GPs, partner agencies, Families First
Consent and Confidentiality
When young people under 16 years of age ask for certain services they are assessed by trained practitioners against Fraser guidelines to determine their level of understanding.
This assessment may be used when you need a prescription for something such as smoking cessation or when you need referring to another service, for example sexual health services.
This assessment does not affect your rights to confidentiality.
Please contact the us for further advice and support.
Central number: 03000 030013
The 5-19 Service is delivered in partnership with a range of health, social and education organisations and teams including: