KCC Consults on Infant Feeding Services

Kent County CouncilInfant Feeding Service

Kent County Council

Opens: 17 July 2017
Closes: 3 September 2017

Families across Kent are being asked their views on proposed changes to infant feeding services, including breastfeeding support.

KCC Director of Public Health, Andrew Scott-Clark explained: “The current contract is coming to an end and we have been investigating what service users and providers need – the consultation runs until the beginning of September and considers timely support, more joined up services and more information about the peer support teams with rapid referral to a lactation consultant when needed.

“As part of the development of the Health Visiting model, there have also been discussions with PS Breastfeeding CIC, Early Help and KCHFT. As a result of these conversations, we are consulting on transferring responsibility for community infant feeding support to the Health Visiting Service and are inviting people’s views.”

He adds: “We expect that this proposal will enable all families to access nutrition advice as part of a comprehensive infant health service that links to Children’s Centres and maternity services, making best use of the existing professional skills and resources in the Health Visiting Service.

“There is no intention to take away peer supporters, health visitors will train and supervise and maintain the current numbers. We believe it will also deliver a saving of £404,000 per year without compromising the quality and accessibility of the service.

“Whether you are a past, current or future user of these services, a carer or relative of a service user, a member of the public, an existing or potential provider of services, or another stakeholder, we are keen to hear your views and experiences.”


The consultation document provides details of the proposal.  We encourage people to read the document to help them give an informed response to the consultation via the online questionnaire.

Please fill in the online questionnaire to give us your views. 

Further information

More information about KCC’s previous consultation activity around Health Visiting can be viewed online at www.kent.gov.uk/healthychildren.

If you need the questionnaire or any other documents in an alternative format, please email alternativeformats@kent.gov.uk  or call 03000 421533 (text relay service number: 18001 03000 421553). This number goes to an answering machine, which is monitored during office hours.

If you have questions about the proposal, please contact PHconsultation@kent.gov.uk.

Consultation Summary

Name Infant Feeding Service
Description KCC is consulting on transferring responsibility for Infant Feeding Specialist Support to the Health Visiting Service.
Dates From 18 Jul 2017 at 10:00 to 3 Sep 2017 at 23:59.
Status Open
Consulting Organisation Type Kent County Council
Consulting Organisation Name Kent County Council
District / Borough areas affected by the consultation Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Dover, Gravesham, Maidstone, Medway, Sevenoaks, Shepway, Swale, Thanet, Tonbridge & Malling, Tunbridge Wells
Consultation Topic General interest, Children and families, Healthcare and public health
Consultation Methods Online survey / questionnaire / forms
Contact Details Public Health, Kent County Council, Sessions House, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ


03000 41 41 41


Kent County Council
17 July 2017 http://consultations.kent.gov.uk/consult.ti/InfantFeeding
25 July 2017 https://kccmediahub.net/kcc-consults-infant-feeding-services745

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