This service caters for children and young people aged
between 0 and 17 years and their families where the child/young person has been
identified as having an unhealthy weight. Children and young people accessing
the service live in Sunderland and are registered with a Sunderland GP.
Working in conjunction with the LAF Programme, the Dietetic
Service provides tailored 1:1 appointments, for children and young people.
During assessment each individual child/young person and their family’s needs
are taken into account.
The aim of the service is to support the child/young person
and their family, to improve their diet and lifestyle to enable them to work
towards achieving a healthy weight for their height.
Interventions are tailored to each individual child/young
person’s and family’s needs and may include:
appointment with Dietitian only.
combination of above and/or attendance on a LAF programme.
The intervention is focused on a holistic approach, which
helps families make sustained changes to tackle the child/young person’s
Improve eating habits based around the principles outlined in
the change4life promotion and tailored to individual child/young person and
- To increase the child/young person’s self-esteem.
- To increase physical activity levels.
- To decrease sedentary behaviour.
- Promote long term positive behaviour change.
into the service
The Specialist Childhood Weight Management Service accepts
referrals from all GP practices across the City.
In addition, referrals are received from:
- From CAF
- The LAF
- Allied Health
- Child and
Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS and CYP’s).
via LAF team*.