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School Nursing

This is our local offer.

“School nurses are in a highly privileged position. Existing somewhere in the expandable void between teachers and parents, they are the gentle option for children to turn to for advice.” Mayer and Carter 2003.

This service is for all young people in education.

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School nurses provide health related support, advice and treatment to school age children and their families in a variety of settings.

School nurses help children and young people learn how to make decisions about living in a healthy way so that they can enjoy and achieve things in their lives. Sometimes children and young people feel unable to talk with their parents or carers about health problems or worries. School nurses can listen and help them to decide what to do next.

All children and young people referred will be offered an initial assessment of their health and well-being, following consent from a parent/young person in the case of children. Young people can also self-refer.

How do I access this service?

To access this service, telephone the nurse directly or ask the school to contact them. Teachers and other professionals should complete a SPE form or Request for Support form (below). We also offer a ‘text a nurse’ service for young people.

School Nurses cover the following:

General health and wellbeing:

  • Concerns regarding weight/diet and exercise
  • Personal hygiene support
  • Continence problems
  • Support for medical conditions/medication in school
  • Support with children’s school health plans and staff training

Sexual health:

  • Contraception and relationship advice
  • Screening for sexually transmitted infections
  • C cards and condoms
  • Pregnancy testing
  • LGBTQ+ support

Emerging mental health problems:

  • Anxiety
  • Low mood
  • Self-harming behaviours

Vulnerable children:

  • Unmet physical needs

Risk taking behaviours:

  • Support to stop smoking
  • Alcohol/substance misuse

Enhanced safe sexual health service for young people:

  • Free confidential sexual health service for young people.

Social and family concerns

  • Young carers

Resources

Health Eating Stories

Request for Support Form

Download the HANDi app – a local app providing expert advice on common childhood illnesses

Support for Emotional Health and Well-being

Parenting support for families

Ideas to help families stay healthy

NHS Choices : Take control of your health and well-being. Get medical advice, information about healthcare services and support for a healthy life.

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