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What others say about HENRY

HENRY seeks independent evaluation and recognition of its services from experts in their field so that we know we are effective. We also ask what parents attending a HENRY session and practitioners attending HENRY training think of their experiences.

External recognition:

  • The King’s Fund awarded HENRY the GSK IMPACT Award in 2014 for outstanding contribution to community health
  • Our Healthy Families programme carries the CANparent Quality Mark which is only awarded to parenting programmes, courses and classes that meet the highest standards. In order to achieve the CANparent Quality Mark, organisations must demonstrate that they have met an extensive range of indicators across four quality elements – evidence base, organisational integrity, clear monitoring and evaluation, and that programmes are delivered via a skilled and trained workforce. The award of the quality mark means that HENRY: can be relied on by parents to make a positive difference; is evidence-based; is recommended by other parents and; is monitored and evaluated
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  • ​All HENRY practitioner training is accredited by the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH). The rigorous accreditation process involved expert assessors from RSPH evaluating the effectiveness of HENRY training programmes, including the content, resources used, method of delivery and how well these meet strategic public health objectives. The RSPH reviewed HENRY training materials and made site visits to meet our trainers and trainees before making their assessment. In their assessment the RSPH remarked that “The RSPH team has been very impressed with the standard of the content and the model of this intervention. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate HENRY for such an initiative and its contribution to reducing health inequalities.”


  • “Evidence shows that HENRY is making a real impact in the fight against childhood obesity. Their multi-layered approach is transforming the lives of young children and their families across the country for good. HENRY has many of the answers to the challenges posed by the obesity crisis” - Professor David Haslam, Chair of National Obesity Forum
  • “I was really impressed with the interactive nature of the [HENRY] session, the support and engagement of all the parents who were involved, and the quality of the information and advice used to back up the discussion. It seemed like a very enjoyable way to share learning and provide support.” - Deputy Director of Food and Obesity, Department of Health 
  • “I am so proud to be a patron of HENRY; the organisation is leading the way in supporting families with young children to develop healthier lifestyles for the whole family, both directly and through highly effective training for practitioners who work with young families. Thanks to HENRY, thousands of children have a brighter future” – Dr Helen Crawley, Director of First Steps Nutrition Trust
  • “HENRY is central to our strategy to reduce child obesity across Leeds – the programme is excellent and the parents gain so much from it. I would highly recommend it” – Janice Burberry, Health Improvement Manager, Leeds Public Health Team
  • “HENRY training for practitioners has been fantastic. I want to get as many of our practitioners trained as possible. Our health visitors are now much more able to help families in Caerphilly live healthier lifestyles for the long term” – Andrea Bevan, Flying Start Health Programme Manager
  • “The results have been life-changing for us all, as a family we are much heathier and fitter, this has been a total lifestyle change for us all and we will be forever grateful for helping us to take the necessary steps we need to get where we are today” – Parent in Redcar & Cleveland

HENRY training has been fantastic. Our Health Visitors are now much more able to help families in Caerphilly live healthier lifestyles for the long term

Andrea Bevan, Flying Start Health Programme Manager
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Practitioner testimonials

Health and early years practitioners discuss the impact of HENRY training on their work

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Parent stories

Real stories from HENRY families