Childhood health

We want every child and young person growing up in Westminster to have the best start in life. Improving our children’s health and wellbeing by making it as easy as possible for them to eat healthily and take part in physical activity is a key priority for the council.

1. A healthy start in life

Healthy Start

Healthy Start helps you give your family the very best start in life. If you are pregnant or have a child under four years old, you could get Healthy Start vouchers to help buy some basic food. Here in Westminster, women and children can also receive free vitamins. 

Health Visiting teams

Our Health Visiting teams work with Mums, their families and community groups to promote the health and wellbeing of children aged under 5. Based in health centres, children’s centres and GP Practices, 'health visitors' encourage healthy lifestyles, address concerns around physical and mental wellbeing and aim to reduce health inequalities.

Family Nurse Partnership

The Family Nurse Partnership is a voluntary programme for young mothers having their first baby. Visits take place from your home and focus on the future health and wellbeing of your child.

Immunisations

Immunisations or vaccinations are given to help prevent people getting certain diseases. Find out more on immunisations and the flu vaccination.

 

 

2. Schools and nurseries

Healthy Schools and Healthy Early Years

All children and young people have a right to the best possible start in life. In Westminster, the Health Education Partnership is on hand to coordinate the delivery of the local 'Healthy Schools Partnership' and 'Healthy Early Years Partnership'. 

The Health Education Partnership works with schools, early years settings and partners to improve health and wellbeing, reduce health inequalities, increase social inclusion, school attainment and achievement by:

  • supporting and encouraging schools and early years settings to review health and wellbeing within their policies, curriculum and provisions
  • working with schools and early years settings to develop identified health priorities with sustainable activities and interventions as well as measurable outcomes

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'Mytime Active' programmes

The Mind, Exercise, Nutrition… Do It! initiative (also called MEND) aims to increase the amount of time children are active in schools and their knowledge of healthy eating through delivering fun and interactive physical and nutritional activities in schools. 

School Health Service

Our School Health Service co-ordinates the local delivery of the nationwide Healthy child programme (5 to 19). The service provides specialist nursing, advice, support and health promotion activities to school-age children and young people within state funded schools to promote their health and wellbeing.

 

 

3. Parents and families

'Mytime Active' programmes

The Mind, Exercise, Nutrition… Do It! classes (also called MEND) help parents and children become more active, healthier and to reach or maintain a healthier weight.

Change4Life

​There’s plenty of information, advice and top tips on how you and your family can be healthier and happier at Change4Life.

 

4. Professionals

The Family Healthy Weight Care Pathways is an aid for healthcare professionals and those who work with children to help provide obesity prevention and weight management support to those aged 19 and under in Westminster.

Healthy weight and care pathway chart ages 0 to 4 (PDF, 315KB)

Healthy weight and care pathway chart ages 5 to 19 (PDF, 309KB)

 

5. Oral health

Tooth decay is the leading cause of hospital admissions for children aged 1 to 9 in Westminster. Combating this is a key priority for the council. 
Whether you’re a child, parent, carer or teacher, you can find out just how easy it is for children to have healthy teeth with Westminster’s very own Tale of Triumph over Terrible Teeth.

The Central London Community Healthcare’s oral health promotion team provide advice, interactive activities and training on how to improve oral health. 

If you're concerned about your or your child's oral health please visit your local dentist. NHS dental care is free for children – find your local dentist.

6. Alcohol and substance misuse and children and young people

Alcohol and substance misuse can affect people of all ages.

Insight Westminster offers a free, friendly and confidential support service to young people in Westminster aged between 12 and 18 with or affected by drug or alcohol issues. The service is available to young people living or attending schools within Westminster.


Last updated: 9 May 2018
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