If you are concerned about your child's health speak to your GP, Health Visitor, School Nurse or other local child health service.

Health Visitors

Health Visitors support families with children aged 0 to 5. They can help with concerns about physical and mental well-being.

The Southend Health Visiting Team can be contacted Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, apart from bank holidays.

Telephone 01702 534911

Email MSEICB-S.Southend0-19PublicHealthServiceAdmin@nhs.net

School Nurses

School Nursing services are offered to schools within Southend and in an expanding number of Family Centres.

School Nurses:

  • are the lead public health professional for school aged children
  • take over from the Health Visitor on the child's 5th birthday.
  • work in partnership with families and other professionals to promote the health of all children
  • support children with health needs in the school environment

Referrals can be made to the team by parents and professionals.

Telephone 01702 534843

Email sccg.southendpublichealthnurses@nhs.net

Southend, Essex and Thurrock Children's and Adolescent's Mental Health Service (SET CAMHS)

The Southend, Essex and Thurrock Children's and Adolescent's Mental Health Service (SET CAMHS) provides advice and support to children, young people and families around emotional wellbeing or mental health difficulties.

The service is open to young people between 0 to18, or up to age 25 for those with special educational needs.

Any child or young person experiencing mental health difficulties or any parent, carer or professional can access the service for help and guidance.

Children and young people can contact the service directly. Parent/carers and professionals can contact the service on behalf of a child or young person.

Telephone SET CAMHS on 0800 953 0222. For urgent help or out of hours support call 0800 995 1000.

Email SET-CAMHS.referrals@nelft.nhs.uk

Further information on local services and resources

For details of other local services, visit the Health and Wellbeing part of the SEND Local Offer and the Health section of the families channel.

Children's Health Matters has a range of guidance to support parent carers to look after their children's health and recognise when they are unwell.

If your child is neurodiverse, you may find these neurodiversity guides helpful.