School nurses

School nurses work with schools to create an environment that promotes healthy living, as well as responding to the needs of individual children.

What can school nurses help with?

School nurses can provide support in and out of school, with things like:

  • keeping healthy
  • immunisations
  • emotional health
  • weight management
  • sexual health
  • drugs and alcohol
  • support to stop smoking

School nurses are there for everyone.

School nurses can also arrange for:

  • young carers
  • young people with disabilities
  • those with long term illness, or other needs

to receive extra support when they need it.

School nurses provide a confidential service. This means that you can discuss personal information and they will not say anything to anyone else or others without your permission. They would only discuss your personal information with someone else if they were concerned about you and wanted to help and protect you from harm.

The key responsibilities of a school nurse

  • assessing the health needs of the whole school community and developing an individual school health programme
  • providing confidential health advice for individual children
  • supporting children with their emotional health and wellbeing and referring on to other services
  • supporting vulnerable children and those with disabilities through individual health plans and working with teachers, social workers, education welfare officers and other professionals
  • delivering the school aged Immunisation Programme and supporting/ educating parents around this
  • provide vision and audio screening for reception aged children
  • facilitate the National Childhood Measurement Programme
  • contact your child's school for further information with regards to the school nurse

For more information please contact your child's school or call 0191 283 1717.

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