Referral to the Service

We offer an open access referral service which means that parents can contact the service and request that their child sees a school nurse or any health or non-health professional can make a referral on a parents behalf . If you are a professional and would like to make a referral to the School Nursing service, please complete the referral form. This form can be returned by post to: School Nursing Service, Single Point of Access, Harden Health Centre, Harden Road, WS3 1ET or to our secure email address at

All referrals must be discussed with the child, young person and parent/carer in advance to gain consent to make the referral.

Additional information for schools from schools: It is essential that we have as much information about the child when we see them for a health assessment. The information about the child’s academic ability, social and emotional, behaviour, strengths and SEND needs is key to our health assessment. Therefore we require school staff to complete the school report section of the referral form.

Our Referral Criteria

We support children and young people from the age that they start in full time school until their 19th birthday. Our referral criteria explains

What happens once we receive a referral?

Once we receive your referral it will be reviewed by a member of the team at our weekly referral meeting which takes place on a Tuesday. You will receive a letter which informs you about the progress of the referral. The parent/carers will usually be sent a letter requesting them to contact our service and make an appointment for their child to see a school nurse for a health assessment. The parent/carer will be sent a copy of our School Nurse service information leaflet. If the parent/carer fails to contact our service (opt in) they will be discharged unless a school nurse makes an assessment that there is a risk to the child. The referrer will be notified that the child has not ‘opted in’.