The Beacon Medical Centre

Children and Family Health

Find out more about child and family services.


Children and Family Health Devon

Child and family services are now provided by Children and Family Health Devon. Their team includes specialist school and community nurses, health visitors, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists. If you need any advice, information or with to refer your child or family to their team visit their website.

Some of the services they provide include

  • Autism Spectrum Assessment service
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Children in Care Services
  • Community and School Nursing Services
  • Devon’s Family Information Service for Children with Additional Needs
  • Devon Early Years Complex Needs Service
  • Learning Disability Team
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Palliative Care
  • Public Health Nursing
  • Rehabilitation Officers for Visually Impaired Children
  • Social Services – Children with Additional Needs
  • Specialist Children’s Assessment Centres
  • Speech and Language Therapy.

As a practice we are committed to provide good care and protection to the children registered at our practice. We are in close contact with our school nurses, parent liaison nurses and health visitors in order to provide a multi disciplinary approach to the care of children and their families.

Devon Family Resource

Devon Family Resource supports families with emotional and practical issues as well as excluded teenagers. They tailor their support to meet your needs helping with finances, housing, parenting issues and behavioural and emotional needs of your children. Their website can be seen found here.

They also have launched a new phone advice line for parents and carers across Devon. They can offer advice on a specific issue around their children and family relationships, including any communication issues or conflict they are having with their partners or co parents of their children. In addition to offering tips on how to deal with a particular situation they will be able to signpost you to other organisations who can help. The phone advice line will be manned for 1000 to 1400 Monday to Friday. People will be able to leave a message outside of these hours, or when the operators are busy. To use this service ring 01392 949059.

Healthier Together

Healthier together is a website provided by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).  The provides advice for parents, young people and pregnant women, You’ll find clear information on common childhood illnesses, including advice on what ‘red-flag’ signs to look out for, where to seek help if required, what you should do to keep your child comfortable and how long your child’s symptoms are likely to last. Visit their website here.


Pinpoint is a signposting service to community support and advice for young adults, families, visit their website for more information here.

Online Parenting Course

Families in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay can benefit from free online parenting courses that are being launched today (8 June 2020) at the start of Infant Mental Health Awareness Week.  The courses have been created by the Solihull Approach and focus on supporting the relationships between parents, grandparents, and/or carers and their children by improving emotional health and wellbeing.

The four courses provide information about pregnancy and birth, brain development and the physical and emotional development of a baby.

Access to the free online courses is available at using the code TAMAR, which provides lifetime access. The courses are available in different languages including Urdu, Polish, Chinese, Bulgarian and Arabic.

NSPCC helpline

If you’re worried about a child, even if you’re unsure, contact NSPCC professional counsellors for help, advice and support by phone 0808 800 5000 or visit their website here.


Childline offers free, confidential advice and support for any child 18 years or under, whatever the worry. Phone 0800 1111 or visit their website here. 


YoungMinds support children and young people and their parents/carers with their mental health and wellbeing. Visit their website for more information.


Date published: 7th June, 2020
Date last updated: 22nd November, 2023