Dumfries & Galloway Health & Social Care

The Healthy Child Service

The Healthy Child Service offers a family-focussed programme, providing a safe space to explore a range of issues relating to your child’s health and wellbeing. Our aim is to improve health as much as possible, in order to encourage a happy and fulfilling life.

We support children and young people to learn, thrive and overcome their challenges. This might mean finding ways to improve confidence and self-esteem, gentle guidance on meal/snack choices, advice on sleep/sleep hygiene, or discovering movement that is exciting, inspiring, and personal to you.

Who is the Healthy Child Service for?

We work with children, young people and their families who are:

  • 0-18 years of age
  • Living with a higher body weight
  •  Motivated to make changes to improve health and wellbeing

Our Approach

We believe in getting to know families first – one size doesn’t fit all and it’s helpful to understand your life, your priorities, even your likes and dislikes before we start working on a plan.

We believe in fun and positive experiences! We know that if something feels good we are more likely to do it – so why should it be different for weight management?

We believe anybody can make changes – yes, anybody! You might feel like things haven’t worked out in the past. We can support you to try again.

Weight management is NOT about

  • Diets and quick fixes
  • Only focussing solely on weight, shape or size
  • Only focussing on food and exercise
  • Making assumptions about you and what works best for you

Our Team

We are a small friendly team that works across Dumfries and Galloway. Together we have considerable experience working with people in both community and clinic settings and have a broad understanding of the challenges many families face in today’s environment.

How do I get in touch?

You can:

Discuss your concerns with your health visitor, school nurse or health care professional

Contact dg.healthychildfeedback@nhs.scot or call 01387 244420 for more information or to arrange a friendly, informal chat with one of our practitioners

Or click here to access our self referral form

Referral forms should be sent to dg.healthychildfeedback@nhs.scot