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Health Visiting (0-19 Service)

health visitor with mum and baby

Health Visiting is part of the Trust’s 0-19 Service through which we support children and their families at home and at school from birth to 19 years old.

Our health visitors help to keep babies and children healthy from 0-5 years old. We work closely with Public Health England and Sheffield City Council to make sure that families are able to access the best local and national support.

Like all health visiting teams we follow the national Healthy Child Programme which is a plan to help give children the best start in life.

This means that all new mums get home visits and regular catch ups with health visitors at local clinics held at GP surgeries, council buildings and health centres across Sheffield. You can find out more about what health visitors do by watching the short film on the NHS website.

Find out more about the four levels of service offered by health visiting teams in England.

What to do if you’re worried about your baby

If you are concerned about your baby’s health and can’t wait to speak to your health visitor or GP, the NHS Choose Well guidance can help you decide on where to go for advice, or you can call 111 at any time.

Your Red Book contains lots of information about common health problems and NHS Choices has advice on how to tell if your child has a serious illness.

Remember that a pharmacist can advise on many health issues including rashes, burns, colds, sticky eyes, constipation, colic and head lice.

How a health visitor will support you

Your health visitor will make contact before your baby is born and will visit you at home shortly after birth to meet you, your baby and anyone else involved in your baby’s life.

We will give you information and guidance on looking after your baby and adjusting to the changes in your household. You may notice us using topic cards which guide the conversations and help you think about what is important to you and other people in your family. Things we will talk about include:

  • health and wellbeing
  • immunisations
  • help to stop smoking
  • diet and physical activity
  • feeding your baby and healthy weaning
  • recognising illness and minor ailments
  • prevention of sudden infant death
  • dental health
  • child development
  • mental and emotional health needs
  • preparing you for the transition to parenthood and family relationships
  • information about local support networks

We also offer specific additional support for infant feeding, speech and language development, parenting support, accident prevention and postnatal depression.

Remember that we’re here to support the health and wellbeing of everyone in your family so if you have any concerns about yourself, your partner or your other children, please talk to us.

Healthy Start vitamins

If you are pregnant or have a child under four years old you could get Healthy Start vouchers to help buy some basic foods. Find out if you are entitled to Healthy Start vouchers. You can use the email application form to apply.

Women and children getting Healthy Start food vouchers also get vitamin coupons to swap for free Healthy Start vitamins. Healthy Start vitamins are specifically designed for pregnant and breastfeeding women and growing children.

If you get Healthy Start vouchers you will also be sent a green coupon, every eight weeks, which you can swap for free Healthy Start vitamins.

To pick up your vitamins just take your green vitamin coupon along to your local distribution point where you can exchange it.

Ask your health visitor if you need any further advice or visit the Healthy Start website.

Useful links

Please visit the Sheffield Council website for information on Parenting and Sheffield Family Centres. They also offer some useful video clips on YouTube.

For more video clips, please see our YouTube playlist or the video section below.

These websites offer useful information for parents, children and young people during COVID-19. 

Resources for children and families by experts from Sheffield Children’s 

The Children’s Sleep Charity

Icon – Support and advice on how to deal with crying babies

Kooth –Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people

The Corner, Sheffield – Drinking/drugs advice for young people

Young Minds   


Further support

There are many useful sources of information for new parents. Here are some of the websites and other resources we recommend:

Tips for new parents from NHS.UK

Baby Buddy – a free app which has been designed to guide you through pregnancy and the first six months of your baby’s life

Best Beginnings – mental health support for new mums

Birth to Five – a comprehensive guidebook on caring for children from birth to five years old

Children’s Sleep Charity – support for parents and professionals to help children get a good night’s sleep

Community Continence Team – see children from age four who have problems with toileting or continence

Does your baby have a serious illness? – from NHS Choices

ERIC – national childhood continence charity, provides support and equipment for potty training, bedwetting and other continence problems

First Steps Nutrition Trust – information about eating well in pregnancy, breastfeeding, infant milk and weaning

Free childcare – information about free childcare, play and learning places offered by Sheffield City Council for 2, 3 and 4 years olds

Getting to know your baby – this website was created by Warwick Medical School and contains useful information on bonding, early interactions, baby states, sleeping and soothing

Home safety checklist – to help you make sure that your living room, kitchen, bedrooms and bathroom are safe

Icon – Support and advice on how to deal with crying babies

Institute of Health Visiting – the professional association for health visitors – includes information for families on what to expect from your health visitor and ‘top tips’ for mums

Light peer support – a small charity providing support to families in Sheffield affected by perinatal mental health illnesses, including postnatal depression and anxiety

Lullaby Trust – provides specialist support for bereaved parents and expert advice on safer sleep

National Childbirth Trustnational childbirth and parenting charity provides information on pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and parenthood

Out of the Blue – mental health support for new mums

Screening tests for you and your baby

Sheffield Light – a small charity providing support to families in Sheffield affected by perinatal mental heath illnesses, including postnatal depression and anxiety

Smokefree Sheffield – local support for stopping smoking

Start4Life – NHS website providing information and advice for mums, dads and babies – also includes a weekly email/text tips service

The Children’s Sleep Charity – support for parents and professionals to help children get a good night’s sleep

The Fatherhood Institute – registered charity and lobby group which collates and publishes research on a range of topics related to fatherhood

The Lullaby Trust – provides specialist support for bereaved parents and expert advice on safer sleep

Tips for new parents – from NHS Choices

Vaccination advice for parents – from

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