Norfolk’s children in care benefitting from major changes to countywide health visiting service

Young children in care are receiving improved assessements from Norfolk health visitors. Picture: Do

Young children in care are receiving improved assessements from Norfolk health visitors. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Children in care who have suffered abuse and neglect are benefitting from improved health visitor assessments across Norfolk because of better training and teamwork, according to a health chief.

Youngsters aged six months to five-years-old have received 100pc 'timely' and 'good quality' assessments since February 2016 - compared with 35pc before 2016 when the system was overhauled by the Children and Young People's Health Services.

Before 2016 the assessments were done by regular health visitors every three months but new six-monthly all encompassing tests were introduced to be led by 13 specially-trained health visitors who deal with 20-40 youngsters each month.

They also work more closely with Norfolk County Council's designated safeguarding team.

This has brought about 'huge improvements', according to Charlotte Driver from the Children and Young People's Health Services.


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