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0-19 Healthy Child Programme

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PLEASE NOTE: due to the coronavirus outbreak, there may be some service changes. Please visit the North West Boroughs Healthcare website for more information.

The 0-19 Healthy Child Programme offers every child a schedule of health and development reviews, screening tests, immunisations, health promotion and support for parents/carers tailored to their needs, with additional support when needed and at key times. The St Helens Healthy Child Programme consists of the following services for children and young people aged 0-19 and their families and is delivered by a team of Public Health Nurses:

The Early Years Offer is lead by the Health Visiting Service who provide expert health assessments, advice, support and interventions to children aged 0-5 and their families. The service provides:

  • Child and family health needs assessments
  • Health and development reviews at key ages
  • Health and wellbeing screening
  • Information on immunisations
  • Promote social and emotional development
  • Support for parenting
  • Promote health and behavioural change
  • Support and advice for parents on their child's speech, language and communication development
  • Advice and guidance on safe sleep
  • Identify hazards in the home and provide support and advice to minimise injury to children
  • Identification of any health needs as part of the transition from early years to reception, prior to children starting school
  • Infant feeding support and works closely with the St Helens Wellbeing Infant Feeding Support Service

To access the Health Visiting Service, please ask your GP.

Find out more about the Health Visiting Service


The Family Nurse Partnership programme is for first time mums under the age of 20 and is offered from early pregnancy until their child reaches the age of 2. Delivered by specially trained nurses, the programme aims to improve pregnancy outcomes and the child's health and development.

Women who are under 20 and expecting their first baby are invited to join the programme if they are less than 28 weeks pregnant. Referrals from any source and self-referrals are accepted.

Find out more about the Family Nurse Partnership

The School Age Offer is lead by the School Nursing Service and aims to provide holistic health and wellbeing services to 5-19 year old children and young people who live in St Helens or attend a school or college in St Helens. The service provides:

  • Health and wellbeing assessments
  • Care plans to support children and young people with medical needs such as allergies or long term medical conditions
  • Health screening including the National Child Measurement Programme, vision screening and hearing screening
  • Immunisations
  • Advice and support through school drop-ins to give children and young people the opportunity to discuss any health related issues they may have
  • Sexual health clinics (for secondary schools and colleges)
  • Advice and guidance for parents/carers

Find out more about the School Nursing Service.