Health visiting: giving children the best start in life

The health visiting service plays a crucial role in giving children the best start in life and councils have embraced the opportunity to make a difference in this key development stage.

The impact of this early support cannot be underestimated. It builds resilience, encourages healthy lifestyles and aids social and emotional development.

Health visitors lead on the delivery of the government’s healthy child programme for children aged 0 to five, working alongside other health and social care colleagues, including family nurse partnership teams, nursery nurses and other specialist health professionals.