Public health 5-19 - Parent zone

Parent zone

These pages are here to offer first line information and guidance to parents; they include useful links and sign posting to other websites as well as some downloadable resources created by our team around the five health priorities of health conditions, digital wellbeing, healthy weight, mental health and wellbeing, and risk taking behaviour. A lot of these resources can be found on each health priority page in the Public Health 5-19 service resources tab.

It is so important that we work collaboratively to keep children with medical conditions safe in our schools. 

We also need to ensure that children and young people with medical conditions and special educational needs have equal access to the learning environment and activities that the rest of the school population has. 

Where possible we need to encourage self-management of the condition and promote the self-esteem of the child or young person, as many long term conditions can affect their emotional and mental health and wellbeing,

More specialist support for specific conditions can be accessed through your local area specialist nurse e.g. paediatric diabetic nurse or the child's GP practice.

NHS health weight calculator

Change4Life school height and weight checks 

School height and weight checks advice and information page

NHS Choices Healthy Weight

Healthy weight information and advice for parents/carers with very overweight children

NHS Choices Eatwell Guide

Information on the Eatwell Guide to achieve a healthy balanced diet

Active Cumbria

A website to support pepole living in Cumbria to be physically active as part of everyday life


A website full of information from the Change4Life campaign; to help families eat well and maintain a healthy lifestyle

Weight Concern

A website which offers support to address both the physical and phsychological health needs of overweight people

Health for Teens

Healthy eating and exercise advice for teenagers. Also has advice on lots of other subjects e.g. feelings, health, lifestyle relationships.

Cumbria Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust - health priorities

Has factsheets covering lots of health topics.

Slimming World

British Nutrition Foundation

Lots of advice about nutrition, includes information on healthy eating and nutrition courses

Teen Weight Wise

A site for 13-18 year olds

The Caroline Walker Trust

Information about healthy eating with useful picture guides of portion sizes for people of different ages, from weaning to adult.

Kooth online counselling

Free online counselling for 11-18 year olds