Home education

Staying healthy and safe

The Healthy Child Programme (HCP) is delivered by specialist nurses and health visitors, and is available to children educated from home. It is provided by the North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT).

The service offer includes immunisations at a clinic. You should inform them that your child is being educated at home and needs an immunisation.

Our Public Health team is reviewing the HCP to make sure that the service is available to all children wherever they are educated. Children who need therapy or specialist children's nursing will be able to gain access through NELFT.

Protecting your child when using the internet

The internet provides a valuable resource for children and young people's education, but it does also have a darker side. It is important your child both understands the benefits and is safe online.

What to do if you are worried about a child's safety

If you are worried at all about a child's safety you can phone our Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). Phone immediately if you believe it is urgent.

Children's Services initial response
Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, RM17 6SL

: 01375 652 802

: thurrockmash@thurrock.gov.uk

Emergency contact outside of office hours

: 01375 372 468

For use outside of normal office hours:

  • Monday to Thursday, 4:30pm to 9am
  • Friday, from 4:30pm through the weekend until 9am on Monday
  • public holidays

Knife crime

Ofsted has carried out research on knife crime in education. You can read their findings and recommendations at GOV.UK: Knife crime – safeguarding children and young people in education.

Children's centres services

Children’s centres services in Thurrock are open to all families with children up to the age of 5 years, and some service for families with children up to the age of 11 years.