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NHS Torbay health visitors & school nursing - Toileting, wetting and soiling

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Toilet training, wetting and soiling information, support and advice for all ages.

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Beat eating disorders

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Information and advice if you or someone you know things they might have an eating disorder.

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NHS Livewell - getting contraception

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Contraception is free for most people in the UK. Find out what's available and where you can get it.

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Behaviour and learning

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Parent power. Find resources to support your child’s personal development.

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NHS Torbay health visitors & school nursing - Behaviour

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Advice and support on managing behaviours in children and teenagers, common behavioural habits and difficulties, with explanations to why these behaviours often occur.

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Healthy Eating & Nutrition

parents.actionforchildren.org.uk/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/

Here you will find useful information on breastfeeding, formula feeding, weaning and healthy eating which can be filtered to find the relevant information for your baby’s age.

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Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust

torbayandsouthdevon.nhs.uk/services/health-visiting-and-school-nursing/nutrition-feeding-and-exercise/

Information from healthy eating in pregnancy, to breast and formula feeding, complimentary feeding (weaning), and healthy eating for the whole family.

Will I meet my health visitor before the birth?

Your midwife will get in touch with your health visiting team and let them know you’re expecting a baby.

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Introducing solids

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Starting your baby on solid foods. Introducing your baby to solid foods, also referred to as weaning or complementary feeding, starts when your baby is around 6 months old.

Your baby should be introduced to a varied diet, alongside their usual breast milk or first infant formula. Download the introducing solids leaflet here. Introducing solids

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NHS Healthy Eating Teens

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As a teenager, your body is going through many physical changes – changes that need to be supported by a healthy, balanced diet.   

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NHS Vaccinations

nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/nhs-vaccinations-and-when-to-have-them/

You’ll find all the information you need about which vaccinations your baby will be offered and when in the Red Book (your child’s personal health record)

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Special education needs and disability support

torbay.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/send/

Find support, guidance and information for parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

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Torbay Council, special educational needs and disability (SEND)

torbay.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/send/

Find support, guidance and information for parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

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Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

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Information and advice if you have a child or young person with a disability or special educational need.

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British nutrition foundation

nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving.html

Find advice and tips on how to put healthy eating and an active lifestyle into practice, for life.

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Talkworks Torbay

talkworks.dpt.nhs.uk/

Improving your mental and physical wellbeing

TALKWORKS are there to help you feel better about life, and to help you feel like yourself again. Their service is for people aged 18+. Whether you’re dealing with an overwhelming life event, feeling like you’re stuck in a rut that you can’t get out of, having sleepless nights or living with a long term health condition that leaves you struggling to cope, we are here to help.

Please be assured that accessing TALKWORKS is simple and easy. They have short waiting times for you to be seen for your first appointment, and a range of approaches and talking therapies for you to try, to see what works best for you.

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Our child’s development

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Every child is unique and develops differently. Each will struggle with different things. While some seem to breeze through life and school, others can find certain things very difficult. This can come out in their behaviour and it can be hard for families and schools to know the best way to support them. There is never a simple explanation for why a child is struggling. Often it is a matter of trial and error to find out what works and setting realistic expectations for each individual child.

This “First Steps” booklet is for those caring for a child with development needs. It is a record and a guide.

As a record it is for you to hold, keep updated and share with anyone involved. Recording needs and discussing them as a family might be enough, but if you need further help (from school, friends or health professionals) you can share what you like from this booklet. This way everyone is kept on track, and you will not have to keep repeating your story.

As a guide, it takes you through a comprehensive assessment of your child. You can then focus on areas of need using the initial tips in each section, seeking help from appropriate professionals if required.

First Steps Booklet

What support will I receive after my baby is born?

The next time you’ll see your public health nurse (health visitor) will be when your baby is between 10 and 14 days old, when you’ll receive a home visit.

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What is jaundice?

Jaundice describes a yellow tinge to the skin and to the whites of the eyes.

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Wellbeing service

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0 to 10 Torbay and South West Family Values are working together and offering free interventions with our wellbeing practitioners as part of our ongoing children’s mental health work and our response to the impact of Covid 19. If you are a parent who is worried that your child or teen is suffering from low mood or anxiety, please get in touch to see if we can help.

Children’s Wellbeing Practitioners (CWPs) provide early intervention Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for children, young people (aged 8-18) and families to help manage mild-moderate anxiety and low mood. CWPs offer guided self-help strategies to help manage these problems and stop them from developing into more severe difficulties. Throughout our sessions we will support you in learning strategies which you will then be able to take away with you and continue using after our sessions are over.

Wellbeing Practitioners can offer up to 12 sessions, which last between 30 minutes and 1 hour. This can change depending on what you need.

  • The CWP will explore with you how to understand your difficulties
  • They will help you to set goals which you will then work towards together
  • There is also between-session practice to do when learning new strategies

Some young people see us on their own and some young people come with their parents/carers. We might have our sessions on the telephone, over email, on Facetime/Zoom or face-to-face. These might be weekly, or every other week. We can also offer parent led interventions to help parents help their child with anxiety or low mood

0 to 19 Torbay CWP Wellbeing Service Referral Form.docx

0 to 19 Torbay CWP Role explained .pdf

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National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)

nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/national-child-measurement-programme/

The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) measures the height and weight of children in Reception and Year 6 in schools across England. The information collected allows services to plan how to support families to lead healthy lives.

What Happens in Torbay?

A specially trained member of the Healthy Child Programme will attend your child’s school to carry out the measurements.

  • The measurements are completed sensitively and in private. Your child is not told the results.
  • The results are kept confidential and are not shared with any teachers or other children.
  • You will be sent a letter if your child’s body mass index (BMI) centile, is not in the healthy range. This letter includes next steps with links to helpful information.
  • You are given the opportunity to opt your child out of the NCMP. Information about how to opt out are given in a letter or email from your child's school. 

Who can help?

If you are concerned about your child’s weight or eating habits and feel you need support, you can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling 0300 333 5352 . Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays)

Alternatively you can go to see your GP to discuss concerns.

NCMP pre-measurement leaflet

How do I keep my child safe online?

More and more learning and play is online, but you need to keep your child safe when the internet and technology is developing at such a continued fast pace.

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My child will only poo in a nappy, what can I do?

It's common for younger children to like to use their nappy. After all, it's been what they've been used to since birth.

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What is the newborn blood spot test?

When your baby is about five days old, the midwife will offer you a screening test called the newborn blood spot screen (sometimes known as a heel prick test).

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