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Drugs and Alcohol Recovery Service

The majority of young people in Stockton-on-Tees do not misuse drugs or alcohol. For those who do struggle with drugs or alcohol, Change Grow Live provide expert support for young people under the age of 18 in Stockton-on-Tees. The service offers friendly, non judgemental advice and support. 

Change Grow Live: Friendly, confidential and expert support for young people suffering from drug and/or alcohol problems is provided by CGL in Stockton-on-Tees.

Telephone: 01642 625980

Alternatively, visit the Facebook page: CGL Stockton Young People’s Recovery Service

Visit Talk to Frank for more information about drugs and alcohol.


Growing Well, Growing Healthy

The Growing Well, Growing Healthy service is a universal service where the needs and voices of children, young people and families are at the core. The service: 

  • Identifies and addresses need at the earliest opportunity
  • Recognises and builds on the strengths that are within individuals to enable them to be part of the solution to overcoming challenges
  • Identifies and develops resources within communities so that children, young people and families have access to support when and where needed

Services provided within the Growing Healthy service team include: health visiting, school nursing, breastfeeding support, family nurse partnership, family action and children’s weight management.

The services are provided by qualified Health Visitors and School Nurses and are supported by Nursery Nurses, Youth Workers, Staff Nurses and Support Staff.

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation trust deliver the Growing Well, Growing Healthy service on behalf of the Public Health team in Stockton-on-Tees. 


National Child Measurement Programme

The National Child Measurement Programme is a statutory function of Public Health which is delivered in schools across Stockton-on-Tees. The programme aims to identify overweight or obese children to address the issue of unhealthy weight. Information gained from the programme influences the NHS’ plans for children’s health services and Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council can offer support for children of an unhealthy weight. 

Measurements are taken in a sensitive manner by trained professionals. For more information please visit the NHS website for National Child Measurement Programme.


Oral Health

Oral health is vitally important during early years. Poor oral health can lead to tooth decay. Oral health is an important aspect of a child’s overall health status and also contributes to school readiness. In Stockton-on-Tees, we want to support families and schools to ensure that good oral health is promoted and supported throughout childhood. Public Health supports the delivery of two oral health initiatives:

The School Tooth Brushing Programme is open to all primary schools in the Borough. It is delivered by the Tees Oral Health Promotion Team. Children brush their teeth in school in addition to a minimum of twice a day at home.

The School Fluoride Varnish Programme is delivered by dental practices. The practices visit local primary school to administer fluoride varnish. The varnish is applied during two cycles every school year and reduces the risk of tooth decay. 

Visit the Oral Health Foundation website for more information.


Teesside Sexual Health

Teesside Sexual Health services are available for young people too - not just adults. The service provides information and advice on all types of contraception, Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing and treatment.

Teesside Sexual Health: The service is confidential, non-judgmental and appropriate for people under the age of 18. There are both appointment based and walk in services available across Stockton-on-Tees. 

Telephone: 0300 3301122

For more information on signs and symptoms, visit the NHS webpage for sexual health.


Neurodevelopmental Pathway

Across Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees we have worked with NHS colleagues to develop a ‘needs led’ neurodevelopmental pathway to make sure you and your child are supported as much as possible. If you or a professional thinks that your child has a neurodevelopmental need, help is available.

These are needs which can be associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). For more information visit The Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group website

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