Update - 23 October

The Consultation has been reviewed and updated - the new phase of consultation is now available to view here:





Please see the following statement from Kent County Council:

Kent County Council has withdrawn the consultation on Infant Feeding after listening to feedback from concerned families and other stakeholders.


The consultation, launched on 18th July, will now be reviewed and relaunched in September as it is recognised the current consultation has caused some confusion and does not fully articulate what was intended


Leader of Kent County Council, Paul Carter said “This year, the Health Visiting service has seen an investment of £21.85million. By almost doubling the number of Health Visitors through this investment, we now have the capacity to reshape the health visiting service alongside enhanced breast feeding support.”


“Kent County Council is determined to deliver a comprehensive breast feeding support service in the future. We will be carrying out pre-consultation meetings in early September with those mothers and other key stakeholders who are currently expressing concern.”


“All feedback received so far will be taken into account when the Infant Feeding proposals go out to consultation again next month.”


Paul Carter continued, “Kent County Council is totally committed to supporting new mothers to breastfeed. The increased number of Health Visitors means that 95% of new mums now receive their new birth visit as required.”


“We are determined to deliver an enhanced breast feeding advice service and are prepared to take extra time in rewording the consultation document to make our intentions clear and set out our proposals with absolute clarity.”






Original Consultation Text - 18 July to 4 August 2017

We would like to hear your views on proposed changes to how Community Infant Feeding Support is provided in Kent. 

Currently this support is provided by PS Breastfeeding CIC.

The proposed model is that from 1st Jan 2018 the Health Visiting Service (provided by Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT)) will deliver the support.

In designing the proposed model, Kent County Council has looked to ensure that families are still able to access the support that they need, at the same time as making best use of the existing professional skills and resources within the Health Visiting service.

This proposal would deliver a saving of £404,000 a year to KCC.

The consultation on this proposed model will run from 17th July 2017 to 3rd

 September 2017.



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.

This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    18 Jul 2017 at 10:00
  • Closed
    4 Aug 2017 at 18:00


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