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Supporting children’s health

Improved children’s health services are ensuring better support for children, young people and their families

From birth through to school and college, good physical and mental health is vital to all our children’s lives. With that in mind, Lincolnshire County Council has developed a much more joined-up approach to meeting their needs.

Young people discuss sexual health at theBoston Carlton Road Youth Centre

Young people discuss sexual health at theBoston Carlton Road Youth Centre

In October, we launched a new service for 0-19s, including support like health visiting previously provided by the NHS. Here’s what’s available to children, young people and their families, wherever you live in Lincolnshire.

For you and your baby

Our teams of health visitors and family health workers offer:

  • Antenatal education and birth visits.
  • Help with feeding, growth and development.
  • Parenting and child behaviour advice.
  • Support with breastfeeding and new mums’ mental health issues.
  • Health advice sessions in children’s centres up to 18 months.
  • Extra help for more vulnerable children and their families.

For more information, call 01522 308800 or email

Early years support

As your baby grows into the early years, their needs change - and so do yours as a parent supporting them. That’s why our health visitors offer universal care to families until children reach the end of reception.

They’re trained to:

  • Spot physical, emotional and social needs at an early stage.
  • Signpost children and families to the right treatment, help and support.
  • Advise on issues like your child’s development, infant feeding, keeping them safe, getting ready for school and positive parenting.

For more information, call 01522 308800 or email

Good mental health

A new service for school-age children called Healthy Minds Lincolnshire provides support before mental health problems develop.

Self-help advice and resources are also available for issues such as relationships, anxiety about changing schools, minor self-harm, exam stress or low self-esteem.

In addition to Healthy Minds Lincolnshire:

  • Lincolnshire schools provide support to reduce emotional wellbeing problems.
  • Specialist nurses work closely with schools and GPs to help those with ongoing complex needs.

Healthy Minds Lincolnshire is available at or on 01522 309777

Sexual health support

Sexual health services are now available to young people from the age of 13.

They provide help with issues like sexually transmitted infections, emergency hormonal contraception and pregnancy testing.

Support is also available through:

  • Around 90 pharmacies across Lincolnshire.
  • The innovative C-card scheme providing free contraception and information.
  • Relationship and sex education in schools.

Young people can book a sexual health appointment or ask for advice on 01522 309309 (8am to 6.30pm, Monday to Thursday, 8am to 4.30pm on Friday).

You said, we listened

Cllr Mrs Patricia Bradwell, executive councillor for children’s services, said: “The new 0-19 children’s health service was developed in response to what young people, parents and carers told us is important to them. With the improved range of services on offer, it will change many young lives for the better, as well as supporting local families through the challenges of parenthood.”

For full details of the new services available, please visit

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Last updated: 6 March 2018

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