School nurses work with children and young people
aged from 5 to 19 in the community, whether they attend
school or not.
About this service
School Nurses are registered nurses or midwives, often with an additional qualification in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing. We work with children in the community who require support and information to improve their health. We use specialist knowledge and skills to work with children and young people on a range of health issues such as emotional and mental health issues, relationships and sexual health, bladder and bowel issues, lifestyle health and family worries. We aim to improve health outcomes for families, prevent ill health and protect children from harm.
We are based in the community rather than at individual schools and visit children and families at home or meet them at a setting of their choice as well as in school. Following a holistic health assessment we will plan together how to reach your individual health goals.
We assess and identify overall health needs of school settings, offering support and advice on a range of health issues such as emotional health, obesity, sexual health, smoking and substance misuse. We aim to work with schools and other partners to reduce health inequality and ensure that every child and young person has the best start in life.
School nurses play a vital role in child development, carrying out immunisation and screening programmes. We act as a point of contact for managing medical conditions such as allergies and anaphylaxis, asthma and epilepsy in schools.
School nurses also work closely with social care in order to keep children and young people safe from harm. This proactive and preventative work is known as Safeguarding. Where harm is already known about or suspected, the school nurse teams work with a range of other professionals to support the child and family to make changes to their lifestyle or care of the child through formal plans of care. This is known as Child Protection.
We aim to provide a service that is visible, accessible and confidential.
Aged between 11-19 and live in Gloucestershire?
You can text your school nurse using ChatHealth on 07507 333351 for support and advice on relationships, bullying, healthy lifestyle, anxiety, drugs, smoking, stress, body worries, alcohol, self-harm and sexual health.
The School Nursing Service Model
School Nurses and education services work together with local authorities and other partners to provide high-quality services for children and young people. We use a framework called Healthy Child Programme 5-19yr which sets out recommendations for universal, targeted and specialist services to promote optimal health and wellbeing.
Further information and guidance on the levels of support provided by your School Nursing Service can be found here.
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