Starting well

Health and wellbeing information for children, young people and their families from 5 – 18 years

Support and information

Good health supports a child or young person’s ability to thrive, develop, stay safe and achieve as they grow up. This lays the foundation of a healthy and fulfilled adult life.

Public Health priorities for children and young people include improving emotional health and wellbeing, promoting healthy weight, preventing substance misuse including tobacco and vapes, sexual health, and accident prevention and personal safety.

The Somerset children and young people health and wellbeing toolkits, provide information for anyone working with or caring for children and young people. The toolkits include:

The Somerset Wellbeing Framework

The Somerset Wellbeing Framework which supports educational settings to develop and implement a whole school approach to health & wellbeing through the audit tool using the 8 key principles and Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) curriculum.

The Healthy Lifestyles Toolkit

The Healthy Lifestyles Toolkit provides information and resources for Physical activity, Food, long term health conditions and Smokefree settings.

The Mental Health Toolkit

The Mental Health Toolkit provides information and support about mental and emotional health & wellbeing including self-injury guidance, trauma support & ACEs and getting mental health support in Somerset.

The Parent and Carer Toolkit

The Parent and Carer Toolkit supports parents and carers to find the information they need including managing relationship conflict and wellbeing information resources and help for families.

The website also includes a Training Menu for schools staff and those working with children and young people and is home of the Somerset Schools Health and Wellbeing Survey

The Public Health Nursing Service

The Public Health Nursing Service works with children, young people and families to deliver the Healthy Child Programme.

The Health Visiting Service

The Health Visiting Service is led by health visitors who are public health nurses who work with 0 to 5 year olds.

The School Nursing Service

The School Nursing Service are public health and is led by school nurses who work with 5 to 19 year olds including children educated in school and those who are educated at home.