Health Visitors are nurses or midwives who are passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles and preventing illness. They work with pregnant women through to a child’s fifth birthday. Their role is to help families adjust to being new parents, and provide information and reassurance to support a baby or young child’s health, wellbeing and development.
Health visiting is a free service and each family will have a named Health Visitor but might sometimes be seen by someone else in the team. Health Visitors may link with other professionals and provide additional support where families need more help.
Health Visitors are based locally and visit families at home or through a clinic or children’s centre.
The Health Visitor will use something called the Personal Child Health Record or Red Book. The Red Book is given to parents at birth and offers lots of information about immunisation, developmental assessments and lots of general information about children’s health. Any health professional who comes into contact with a child can record things in the Red Book.
Other things that Health Visitors support families with
- Infant feeding and breastfeeding advice
- Parenting and local support groups
More about health visitors
What Health Visitors do – NHS video