Growing Healthy Wakefield 0-19 Service

We provide a 0-19 Service for children, young people and families for Wakefield.

The Growing Healthy Wakefield 0-19 service is an integrated service for families, expectant mothers, children and young people. Our public health practitioners lead on the delivery of the universally offered Healthy Child Programme (HCP) with support of our multi skilled team and partners across Wakefield Families Together.

The HCP offers a programme of screening tests, immunisations, developmental reviews, and information to guide parents and carers around healthy lifestyle.

The Universal Healthy Child Programme contacts include:

  • Antenatal contact
  • New birth visit
  • Contact at 6-8 weeks
  • 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
  • Measuring and weighing children in reception and year 6 as part of the National Child Measurement Programme
  • Universal screening for audiology for reception children

The service offers interventions from the pre-natal stage up to the age of 19 offering additional support at the earliest opportunity. The Healthy Child Programme (HCP) is a public health programme for children, young people and families which focuses on early intervention and prevention.

Some common areas of information and support:

  • Pregnancy and transition into parenthood
  • Infant feeding/ specialist breast feeding support
  • Growth, nutrition & Healthy eating
  • Dental health
  • Development including speech language & communication
  • Behaviour
  • Safety, Accident prevention & Safe sleep assessment & guidance
  • Safeguarding
  • Postnatal depression,  emotional wellbeing & parent infant relationships
  • 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

The team encourages and supports parents and carers to with information to enable them to make informed choices that affect their family’s future health and wellbeing.


The team is community-based and deliver services in a range of community settings including the family home, family & youth hubs, schools and other community venues. The service works in partnership with other agencies to ensure all families receive right support by the most appropriate service to meet their requirements.

Contacting our Team

If you need to contact the team please use the Single Point of Contact telephone number: 0300 373 0944.

We’ve got a local Growing Healthy Wakefield 0-19 page on Facebook and you can follow us on X (previously known as Twitter).

You can also find information about our service, your Child’s development, family health and wellbeing and local services by downloading our App.

Opening Hours

The 0-19 Service can be contacted Monday-Friday 9am-5pm excluding bank holidays.


We accept referrals from a range of sources including children and young people, parents/carers, schools, other health professionals, GPs, partner agencies.

Useful Links

The 0-19 Service is delivered in partnership with a range of health, social, education and voluntary care organisations and teams such as Wakefield Families Together – Wakefield Families Together.

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.

New Growing Healthy 0-19 Service App launched for parents and families in Wakefield

Parents, grandparents, carers and young people in the Wakefield district can now download the new Growing Healthy 0-19 Service App, designed to support the health development and wellbeing of children, young people and their families.

The Growing Healthy 0-19 Service App has been developed by the Growing Healthy Wakefield 0-19 Children’s Service, in collaboration with Wakefield Families Together, and is specifically tailored to the local area to ensure the healthcare information provided is relevant to people who live in the district.

The app provides information including videos on a wide range of topics such as antenatal care; infant feeding, diet and nutrition, child development; perinatal, infant and child emotional health; children with special educational needs; and making sure your child is ready for school.

Mums, dads and partners can access a wide range of accessible self-help guidance and support, whilst children and young people can take advantage of the activity tracker and health promotion resources included on the app.

The app also provides information on accessing the service, including family and youth hubs, local support groups and activities available across the Wakefield district. The app is interactive so that users can provide feedback on their experience of the Growing Healthy Wakefield 0-19 Children’s Service.

The app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play by searching for ‘Children’s Health Service-HDFT’.