DCC Health Support for young people and parents/carers
Online support and guidance for young people and parents.
Devon County Council has launched three new websites dedicated to providing help and advice for young people and their parents and carers, from pre-natal right through to teenage years.
• Health for under 5s – offers pre-natal advice and for children up to aged five years old
• Health for Kids – aimed at parents and carers of children primary school aged – includes games, videos, and quizzes. It’s split into four ‘worlds’: healthy bodies, healthy minds, health issues and getting help
• Health for Teens – for young people of secondary school age and their parents and carers. It tackles the issues many teens go through, as their bodies change, and they become more self-aware, while also still working out who they are
Mental health and emotional wellbeing
- Kooth – free, safe and anonymous online support – an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop.
- Young Devon – provides face-to-face counselling support and can be accessed directly by young people aged 11-18 years.
- Public Health Nursing – can provide support for mental health and wellbeing.
- Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) – provide more specialist support.
Vaccinations for home-educated children
The following immunisations are available to school-aged children in the Devon area:
- Influenza Nasal spray – given to primary school children aged 4-11 years October – December.
- Human Papilloma Virus Vaccination (HPV) – given to girls and boys aged 12-13 years (first dose) and 13-14 years (second dose).
- Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio combined – given to boys and girls aged 13 -14 years.
- Meningitis ACWY vaccination, also given to boys and girls aged 13 – 14 years.
These vaccinations are routinely offered as part of the national childhood immunisation programme in school.
If your child does not attend a school these vaccinations are still available and can be obtained by booking an appointment at one of the community clinics located in Exeter, Honiton, Paignton, Newton Abbot, Plymouth and Barnstaple.
If you would like to book an appointment or obtain further information please contact the immunisations team on 0300 247 0082 who will be able to arrange this for you. Alternatively, your GP practice will also be able to advise you.
2022 year 8 HPV vaccinations
The Devon Immunisation Team is now inviting year 8 children (date of birth 1 September 2008 – 31 August 2009) to consent and book for the HPV vaccination. Children outside of this age range may still be eligible and parents are able to contact them on 0300 247 0082 to discuss further.
This is currently a two-dose course that is recommended to be started in the academic year 8 (after the child’s 12th birthday). There needs to be a minimum of 6 months between the first and second dose.
If you would like your child to receive this vaccine, please complete the consent form putting in ‘home educated’ where it asks for school.
Once you have done this, please contact the team after 31 March 2022 on 0300 247 0082, when we will be able to book your child into a clinic appointment.
If you have an older child that has not received this vaccine and you would like them to, please contact us on the number above as the process may be slightly different for them.
Seasonal Flu Vaccination
The free annual flu vaccination is currently being offered to all children born between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2018 (equivalent of school years Reception to 6).
From December 2022 the vaccination is also being offered to children born between 1st September 2008 and 31st August 2011 (equivalent of school years 7 -9).
If your child is of this age, please complete the consent link below to either accept or decline the offer.
When completing the consent, please chose the ‘Home Educated Devon’ option when it asks for a school.
By accessing the link, you will be able to view additional information from NHSE, as well as a list of frequently asked questions to help inform your decision.
The flu vaccination routinely offered is the live nasal spray. If this is not clinically appropriate for your child, the team can discuss this with you and the inactivated injection can be given as an alternative.
You will then need to book an appointment by telephoning our Single Point of Access (SPA) on 0300 247 0082. The team are also able to support if you have any difficulties accessing the link or have any other queries about the vaccination or process.
Devon clinics are held in Exeter, Plymouth, Barnstaple, and Totnes areas, and you can book the location that is most convenient to you.
Accessing health information and support
Devon Public Health Nursing Service (school nursing and health visiting) – the service is available to anyone living in Devon as well as those children attending a Local Authority maintained educational setting.
Text a school nurse service
Young people aged 11-19 can text a school nurse for confidential advice and support. Text 07520 631722 for advice on things like relationships, bullying, mental health, self-harm, drugs or alcohol.
Text a health visitor service
If you’re a parent or carer and want confidential advice and support about your child (aged up to 19), ChatHealth can offer guidance on a range of topics including:
- mental health
- child development
- sleep routines
Text a health visitor free of charge on 07520 631 721.
Children and Family Health Devon
Specialist health services include:
- Learning Disability Team.
- Speech and Language Therapy.
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).
- Occupational Therapy.
- Community Children’s Nursing Service.
- Autism Spectrum Assessment Service.
- Specialist Children’s Assessment Centres.
- Specialist School Nurses.
- Children in Care Service.
- Palliative Care Service.
- Devon’s Family Information Service for Children with Additional Needs.
See the Children and Family Health Devon website for more information and to access referral forms.
Routine health checks
Please remember it is usually recommended that your child has a check-up at the optician every 1-2 years and every six months at the dentist. If you do not have an NHS dentist and are having problems finding one then please call 0333 006 3300.
If your child is asthmatic they should also have an annual review with the practice nurse at your GP surgery.
Other useful links
- Information about bladder and bowel conditions
- Information and resources to support a healthy diet and physical activity
- Information and advice on sleep problems, anxiety, bullying, self-harm, coping with divorce, autism, ADHD, gender dysphoria and more
- Information and signposting for children and young people’s mental health
- Information and support for young carers in Devon
- Information re relationships, sexual health, contraception, sexually transmitted infections and local sexual health services
- Young Devon provides support for skills development or ftraining, accommodation and wellbeing
- Drug and Alcohol Service for under-18 ‘s with information for young people and parents
- Beat eating disorders
- Solihull approach – online parenting support
- Speech, language and communication information and resources for parents
- Information about anaphylaxis
- Information and advice re asthma and asthma management
- Devon Youth Service