Child Health Improvement Team (West Sussex) Health4Families Programme

The overall aim of the Child Health Improvement Team is to improve the health outcomes for children from conception to 19 years (including up to 25 years for young people with special educational needs and disability) living in West Sussex targeting the most vulnerable families.

Improvement in health outcomes is achieved by our team supporting the integrated Children and Young People's Workforce (Integrated Prevention and Earliest Help, health, private and voluntary sector staff) to deliver the Health4Families Programme (H4FP); an evidenced based framework of standards drawn from government and local public health policy. The H4FP also includes locally developed Action Plans that focus on improving locally identified public health outcomes.

The key public health strategies focus on the following areas:

  • Infant feeding – promoting Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative
  • Promoting healthy eating and maintaining a healthy weight
  • Promoting physical activity in children and young people
  • Improving the oral health of children and young people
  • Improving the emotional health and wellbeing of children
  • Improving the emotional wellbeing and resilience of young people
  • Improving perinatal mental health and the emotional health and wellbeing of parents and carers
  • Improving children's speech, language and communication
  • Promoting sexual health, reducing teenage conceptions and supporting young parents
  • Reducing alcohol and substance misuse
  • Promoting smoke free environments and smoking cessation
  • Increasing immunisation coverage for children and young people
  • Keeping safe and reducing childhood accidents
  • Promoting safer sleep to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome

Implementation of the H4FP will achieve requirements for the Healthy Child Programme, Care Quality Commission, OFSTED, School Readiness and Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative.

The Child Health Improvement Team supports the Children and Young People's Workforce by coordinating and facilitating integrated training, interpreting health data profiles, developing and disseminating policies and pathways and identifying health resources to promote good practice endorsing the philosophy of one message, many voices.


West Sussex

How To Access

Our service directly supports the Children and Young People's Workforce in their work with the children and families of West Sussex.

Contact Details

Laurie Goodhead
Child Health Improvement Specialist, Health Visitor
Child Health Improvement Team
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 8.00am - 4.00pm

How to find us


More information

Resources that support the H4FP

H4FP Public Health Campaigns

Additional Resources