Health4Families Programme (West Sussex)

The overall aim of the West Sussex Health4Families Programme (H4FP) 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) targeting the most vulnerable families.

Improvement in health outcomes is achieved by the integrated Children and Young People's Workforce (Integrated Prevention and Earliest Help, health, private and voluntary sector staff) delivering the H4FP; an evidenced based framework of standards drawn from government and local public health policy. The H4FP also includes locally developed Hub wide 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.

Coverage

West Sussex

How To Access

The H4FP directly supports the Children and Young People's Workforce in their work with the children, young people and families of West Sussex.

Contact Details

Laurie Goodhead
Child Health Improvement Specialist, Health Visitor
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
Email: laurie.goodhead@nhs.net

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 8.00am - 4.00pm

How to find us

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More information

Resources that support the H4FP

H4FP Public Health Campaigns