Help with children's health

Health visiting service

​Being new parents can be exciting but a bit worrying as well. Our health visitors provide a range of services to support you on your parenting journey, from getting ready to be parents and giving birth, to your child's toddler years and starting school.

Your health visitor can also help you on a broad range of areas from minor childhood illnesses to your baby's sleeping pattern, teething, and toilet training, as well as helping you to look after yourself.

Click here to download a helpful leaflet with information about what to do if your child is feeling poorly. You can request this in other formats, such as large print, braille, or alternative languages by contacting the team.

Contact the team on 01924 310130 or visit their webpage here for more information.

Facebook: @wakefieldhealthvisitingbdct

School nurses

Our school nurse teams work within schools, other education providers, and the local community to support children and young people of school age, and those who care for them.

The teams work in partnership with schools, the local authority, and other health colleagues and voluntary services to deliver the best support. This includes working together with you to offer support and advice about how to make decisions about healthy living.

Contact the team on 01924 310130 or visit their webpage here for more information.

Emotional and mental wellbeing support

Usually when a child or young person feels sad, stressed, frightened, or worried, these feelings will pass with time and with help from family, friends, teachers or other health or care professionals. 

In Wakefield there are lots of ways to get help including:

Overnight listening and advice service

Night OWLS is a confidential support line for children, young people, their parents and carers who live in Bradford, Leeds, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield, and are worried about emotional and mental wellbeing.

It's available 8pm – 8am every day.

To access the service call this number for free 0300 2003900, text 07984 392700, or chat on

The DadPad

Whether you are about to become a dad for the first time, or want to ensure that you can still cover all bases with a new addition to your family, the DadPad provides a practical guide to gaining the confidence and skills necessary to be the very best dad you can be.

Developed in conjunction with the NHS, the DadPad is best made use of as early as possible during pregnancy, or around birth and beyond, and provides guidance for babies and children up to the age of two. It includes information that will:

  • Help you develop the necessary mind-set and practical skills, even if you have no experience.
  • Save you time by enabling you to quickly get to grips with your new responsibilities.
  • Reduce your anxiety and help you gain confidence, so that you can offer the help needed.
  • Give you the tools to provide the best support for your baby and your baby’s mum.

Find out more and download the DadPad app for free at