Covid-19 restrictions service update.
Postponement of Home Visits.Routine contacts conducted by phone including; New Birth visits, 6-8 week and developmental reviews, transfer in visits. Safeguarding contacts will continue via phone.
Health visiting support for our children with additional needs during restrictions of Covid 19
Our service is continuing to provide telephone support and face to face contacts as required, this can be on the day of request (following a telephone assessment) and we can be accessed via our central hub.
Phone: 0207 683 4151/4219
Visit our website which has the most comprehensive information on current service delivery and is updated regularly to reflect any changes during the current pandemic.
Our weekly referral meetings at Hackney Ark continue with access to our key working colleagues, therapists and paediatricians, with our service linked into this process.
Please contact us if we can provide advice or support at this time.
We hope to resume our usual child health clinics and home visits as soon as possible.
Who are we?
Health visitors are nurses or midwives with specialist training in family and public health. We help parents and their families to improve health and wellbeing during pregnancy, after the birth and all the way through until your child is five.
Who do we work with?
We work as part of a wider health team which includes nursery nurses, GPs, midwives, paediatricians, psychologists, speech therapists and other health professionals. We also work closely with Children’s Centre staff, family support workers, and Children’s Social Care.
Where will you see us?
You will meet us in your home or in local Well Baby Clinics, your GP’s surgery, Children’s Centre or in an Early Years setting. We offer you and your child five health and developmental appointments as part of the Department of Health “Healthy Child Programme”. We are here to help, listen, understand your needs and work in partnership with you to give your family the best start.
When will we see you?
• During your pregnancy – after 28 weeks you will be contacted by our team
• 10 – 14 days after the birth of your baby
• 6 to 8 weeks
• 8 to 12 months
• 27 months.
What services and support do we offer?
Drop-in Well Baby Clinics (you can attend without an appointment)
We can talk about any of the following issues that you and your family might need advice or support with:
- Milk and food for babies, toddlers and older children
- Understanding crying
- Managing childhood illnesses
- Your child’s development
- Your wellbeing as parents
- Understanding your child’s behaviour
- Play and stimulation
- Talking to your baby and child
Can Health Visitors help families who needs extra advice and support?
Yes. Our service is for the whole family. We know that being a parent or carer can be very hard; particularly if you are feeling low, anxious, or that you cannot cope.
Your health visitor can give you support and provide advice on:
• you and your family’s emotional health and wellbeing
• any additional health and developmental needs your baby or child might have
• developing a relationship with your baby
• domestic abuse
• drug and alcohol problems
• changes in your family life.
What are Early Help - assessments and referrals?
If you are worried about your child's or family’s safety you can ask us for help.
We work together with local services and parents to provide support, including safeguarding our local families and children.
All members of the Health Visiting team use the Children’s Social Care needs thresholds and referral pathways.
Staff who identify a child or family in need of additional support use a child centred Early Help Form to make a referral to the Multi-Agency Team (MAT) at the children's centre.
The Health Visiting service will ensure that:
- Early and timely referrals take place
- The Early Help Form is used to assess children’s needs and to decide how these could best be met
- This form will be completed with parental agreement and discussion
- Early Help referrals to the children centre team will identify supportive interventions for families.
- The Early Help Form will support joint working with other local services such as Early Years.
Record Last Updated on: 02/06/2021