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Children and young people

Services and advice for children and young people

From birth, after care in the community to hospital services, there is a wide range we have created to support the young generation.

The core needs of all children and young people have; they include screening, preventative and treatment health services provided by GPs, midwives, and health visitors, educational provision such as Early Years, Sure Start Children’s Centre’s and public schools. We call this Children’s Universal Health Services.

There are some specific services for particular groups of children, which we group as Children’s Targeted Health Services. This includes obesity management, some special needs educational support, some Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), parenting support and hospital health services.

Children’s Specialist Health Services are for children and young people with specialist, acute, complex or very high level needs.  They might include: continuing care services for children with complex needs and life-limiting conditions where care might be provided jointly by family doctors, community nursing teams, hospital care and local authority partners (social care and education).


Listed below are services available for children, young people and their families in Suffolk


Suffolk County Council

Health Visiting
including Enuresis Service
School Nursing
including Human Papillomavirus Team
Learning Disability Nursing Service
Safeguarding Named Nurse Team
Children’s Centre’s
Early Years
Youth Offending Service (YOS)

West Suffolk Hospital Foundation NHS Trust

Hospital Paediatric Services
Maternity Services
Paediatric Outpatients
Children’s Assessment Unit (CAU)

Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust

Hospital Paediatric Services
Maternity Services
Paediatric Outpatients
Paediatric Assessment Unit (PAU)
Newborn Hearing Screening


South Essex Partnership Trust (SEPT)

Community Paediatric Medical Team
Community Children’s Nursing Team
Speech and Language Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Suffolk Communication Aid Resource Centre (SCARC)
Suffolk Child Development Centre’s
School Aged Autism Service

Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
Primary Mental Health Workers (PMHWs)
Inpatient Learning Disability (LD) Services
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Connect Service
Eating Disorders Service (currently in the east of the county only)

Useful links

The safest way to protect individuals and communities from infectious diseases

Public Health

NHS Choices
About vaccinations, Vaccinations guide

NHS Information for Parents
Get regular info and advice tailored to your baby's age

Immunisation Schedule (UK)

Childcare information and guidance
If you are looking for childcare for your child and don't know where to begin

Children's Centres
Children's Centres offer a range of services for families with children from birth to five years

Breast feeding network
Find out more about the breast feeding network in Ipswich

Suffolk Child Health - Advice Online 
Interactive website with advice for parents and carers of children under 5 years. Also available as an App; download from Google Play or the App Store.

Please note that all links open in a new window.

A guide

Positive parenting
A guide for parents and carers of children aged 0 - 11 years

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