Students starting secondary school this September are being encouraged to get to know their school nurse so they know where to go for help and advice when they need it.
For some parents and young people, the start of the school year can bring anxiety and worry, especially when students are starting a new school and/or making the transition to secondary education.
The school nursing service has a crucial role in improving the physical and emotional health of children and young people. The service has been working with young people - supported by the British Youth Council and North West Regional Youth Work Unit - to design eye-catching materials to promote the range of services available from school nurses and how to access them.
The materials can be downloaded below, to produce posters or factsheets. There is also a presentation about the school nursing service that can be adapted by schools to use in assemblies or parents’ evenings.
A number of tips for parents and young people have been issued on how best to use the school nursing service to smooth the transition to a new school.
For young people
- Make every effort to find out who your school nurse is and how to get in touch with the team.
- Find out what services the school nursing team offers in your school including when they can be seen and where they can be found.
- If you have specific concerns about your child’s health and are worried about how they will be supported at school, talk to your health visitor or GP. They can organise an introduction to the school nurse before the term begins.
- Talk openly to your child about their health and development and how to keep healthy.
- As your child gets older, they might find it embarrassing to talk to you about puberty or may want more independence. The school nurse offers a confidential and non-judgemental service.