Children’s services for 0-19

Children and Young People's Services

What we do

We provide health services for children aged from 0-19, helping families to develop their children as they grow older. We meet families during the antenatal period, continuing through the first few days of their baby’s life, right up until they are an adult, offering a range of services.

We meet our families individually face to face, in groups and using technology (eRedbook) either at home, school or in children’s centres.

We also promote self-supporting tools such as Baby Buddy and HeadScape.

For some families, we provide more comprehensive support for complex family needs. This can include early help assessments, helping to create education health care plans and safeguarding.

Changes are being made to the way children’s public health services are provided in Bexley

From 1 June 2017, a new 0-19 children’s public health service will replace the current health visiting and school nursing services and will be provided by Bromley Healthcare. Further details can be found in the attached downloadable flyer.

Find out more

Click on the links below to find out information for where you live.

Babies/toddlers

We have a busy weekly timetable of Health Visitor Advice sessions and Nursery Nurse-led sessions, all aimed at giving new parents in-depth advice and support on a wide range of issues including:

  • Breast feeding support
  • Parenting support
  • Child development, including speech and language, physical and emotional progress Healthy eating and physical activity
  • Managing minor illnesses at home and reducing the risk of accidents.

These are held at children’s centres, which means we can bring together a range of services and support for the families we work with.

We provide an individualised programme of health and development reviews at key stages of your child’s early years, with options based on the level of support agreed with each family. When requested we offer additional support to families.

School-age children

For older children, we are in schools holding assemblies, drop-in advice sessions in schools, immunisations, screening and teaching.

Our school nurses are supported by Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to offer mental health and wellbeing care.

Young people are given information about public health and links to self-supporting tools web pages and apps. One of these is HeadScape, a website created by young people to self-refer to us if they need to.

We also work with Charlton Athletic Community Trust to provide a range of in and out of school activities for secondary school age young people.

Other services we provide

  • Parenting help
  • Post natal depression assessment and treatment
  • Obesity help
  • Smoking cessation

We have some great information sheets to help you with play and behaviour.