Parents and Carers
The School Nursing Service delivers the Healthy Child Programme (5-19) for children and young people who are aged between five and nineteen years old.
It works in partnership with children, young people and their families to ensure that children’s health needs are supported within their school and community.
Every school in has a named school nurse and the service supports children once they start in full-time school aged four years old until they are 19 years old.
The service has registered nurses who have worked in the hospital before specialising in children’s health and well-being. They hold a graduate-level public health qualification in the health needs of children and young people. The service is made up of teams who are supported by community staff nurses, nursery nurses, clinical support workers and administrative staff.
School nurses can support individual children and young people through offering advice and signposting for a range of health issues including emotional health and behaviour, growing up, puberty & sexual health, smoking & alcohol, medical needs, healthy eating and lifestyles. The service works closely with other health professionals including Health Visitors, GPs and Community Paediatricians. The service also works with professionals from other organisations including social care and education.
The service works with schools to develop their health plans and supports the school to deliver health and well-being advice. The service offers schools support to deliver personal, social, and health education (PSHE) topics such as sex and relationships and emotional health and well-being. The service delivers group sessions to teach children and young people skills to improve their confidence and self-esteem. The service also supports the local Parenting Strategy by delivering parenting programmes.