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Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service

1 May 2018

Essex County Council (ECC) and West Essex NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (WECCG) have recently commissioned Virgin Care in partnership with Barnardo’s to deliver the Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service.

This involves bringing together a number of different services from Pre-Birth-19 ( Pre-Birth-25 for SEND)  which includes Children’s Centres, Family Nurse Partnership, 0-5 Healthy Child Programme, 5-19 Healthy Child programme and the Healthy Schools programme into one joined up team across Essex to transform the way children, young people and their families receive care and support. 

The service will deliver broad areas of support:

Health Visiting

Including, antenatal contact, transition to parenthood, SIDS, new baby review, maternal (perinatal) mental health, wellbeing and development of child under 1 year and 2-2 1/2 year reviews, support to ‘be ready for school’

Parenting Support

Breastfeeding support, school entry review, childcare confidence support, support for expectant mother and father

School Nursing

Support for young people in schools with wellbeing and health and mid teen health review and help with family health

Family Health

Substance misuse (parents), contraception advice, nutrition support, mental health (maternal & infant), smoking cessation

Resilience and Development

Preparation for learning, DV support, returning to work, accessing ETE, safeguarding

Support for ages 5-19

Dental care, review of immunisation status, appropriate interventions for any physical, emotional or developmental problems, provides children, parents and school staff with information on specific health issues, measuring height and weight

If your child is not in education, or you are new to area, it is recommended you make contact with the service to register yourself or your child.  

Visit their website at Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service, for more information and to find contact details of services in your area.

Other specialist children's services

The service will also deliver the following in West Essex:


  • Child Development Centre
  • Specialist School Nursing
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Community Paediatrics
  • SEND Dedicated Officer
  • Specialist A&E Liaison
  • Children’s Community Nursing
  • ASD
  • Dietetics


For all other areas, please contact your local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG):
Tel:  01245 398750
Tel:  01206 918700
Tel: 01268 464508
Tel:   01268 594350