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SCHOOL NURSE INFORMATION
The School Health Nursing Service provides an essential link between school, home and community that promotes the safeguarding and well-being of children and young people. School nurses are the only qualified public health professionals whose remit is entirely and only focussed on meeting the health needs of school-aged children.
When a child reaches school age (4-5 years old) and is attending school, their care is transferred from the Health Visitor to the School Health Service. The School Health Nurse will follow up all problems/issues that are still ongoing and will continue to work closely with the child/young person and their family.
outcomes for school-aged children and reduce health inequalities
WHO ARE WE?
The School Health Service is delivered by teams of School Health Nurses. They are registered nurses who have undertaken specialist training in public health for children, young people and families. They are supported by Health Care Assistants who are trained to support the delivery of services under the supervision of the School Health Nurse. Together we work with local communities, families and individual children in different settings; homes, Early Help, schools and GP surgeries to provide an essential link between school, home and community that promotes the safeguarding and wellbeing of children and young people in the following ways:
WHAT DO WE DO?
2. School Health Nurses liaise with other agencies to identify any health and development concerns and may contact you to discuss these further. The School Health Nurse can refer to other health professionals and agencies as necessary. These may include:
3. The Health Care support workers weigh and measure all reception and Year 6 children on an annual basis and each parent receives the results and a contact number, if they wish to discuss their child’s results with the School Health Nurse.
4. Certain children within school are prescribed Epipens due to having had a severe allergic reaction. The School Health Nurses train the teaching staff on an annual basis on how to administer an Epipen when required.
5. Children in the Looked After system are seen annually to undertake a health assessment and the School Health Nurse will follow up any issues/ problems they may have.
6. School Health Nurses lead and deliver the healthy child programme to ensure a healthy start for every child. This includes promoting positive physical and mental health, supporting parents and assessing the health and development of children and young people.
7. Working with Child Protection/Children in Need. This involves attending case conferences, core groups, other relevant meetings, undertaking health assessments and working very closely with the children, young people and their families.
9. School Health Nurses are able to provide on-going support, with extra assistance from a range of local services working together with the family to deal with more complex issues over a period of time. Some examples include special educational needs, drug and alcohol misuse, child and adolescent mental health services, looked after children and young carers. School Health Nurses work with other agencies together to protect and ensure children are safe.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How can a professional refer a child or parent to the School Health Nursing service?
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Where can I see the School Health Nurse?