Health Visitors are qualified nurses who are also trained in child development, behaviour management, family relationships, safeguarding, infant feeding and more. They help families in their homes, clinics and children’s centres. Health Visitors are community based and work with school nurses and the local authority to support parents and children in the early years.
Universal Services offered:
- Antenatal Contact
- New birth visits (10 -14 days after delivery)
- New baby follow up (6-8 week contact)
- 8-12 month development review
- 2-2.5 year development review
- Child health clinics – no appointment required.
- Advice on behaviour management, first-time parents, and weaning
- Advice and referrals for parents who want to stop smoking
- Health surveillance and identification of deviations from the norm in health and behaviour, for example: developmental delay in children, health needs in children, parenting difficulties and post-natal depression – to identify and then signpost and refer.
Every family with a child under five years and living in the borough, has a named health visitor and/or health visiting team.
You can access Health Visitors through routine contact after birth or at Child Health Clinics. Click here for further information on Enfield’s Health Visiting Service.