School Nursing

School Nursing 

“School Nursing aspires to be a confidential, accessible, proactive public health service using evidence-based practice, to empower children and young people to make healthy lifestyle choices."

The School Nursing Service is part of the NHS. It has a public health role and provides confidential advice and support to all children, young people, and their carers in a variety of settings.

Every mainstream school has access to the school nursing team:

  • work in partnership with children, parents, carers, health professionals and teachers
  • promote and maintain good health of all school children
  • support a child’s specific health needs
  • enable all school children to reach their full potential.

The School Nurse always acts as the child’s advocate (voice of the child) as needed.

Every mainstream school has access, via the duty desk, the school nursing service.  Every young person aged 11 to 19 has access to a school nurse through the Chathealth text service which is open from 9.30am to 4pm during term time.

All discussions with the School Nursing Team remain confidential.

However, where there is a risk of serious harm to the child/ young person, information will be shared. This will only be done after discussion with the child/ young person.

School Nurses are qualified practitioners and some are specialist community practitioners in public health.

They may also have additional qualifications in: 

  • Sexual health
  • Mental health
  • Counselling

Teams are supported by experienced and qualified nursery nurses, with expertise in child development and behaviour.

The Core Service Offers:

  • Health advice and support
  • Medicine management
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Nocturnal enuresis clinics (night time wetting) 
  • Emerging Mental Health -Referral onto other agencies

 Additionally the service can offer advice and support on all aspects of health, for example:

  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Sexual health (e.g. contraception, sexual orientation)
  • Child protection
  • Relationships
  • Health conditions—asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, allergies
  • Chronic or complex health needs
  • Drugs, alcohol and smoking
  • Domestic violence
  • Bereavement
  • Separation and divorce

School Nurse enquiries, please call our 0-19 duty desk number which is 0300 029 5050


Useful Contacts

The Young Person can contact a School Nurse on Chathealth 07480635443

Chums Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service: / 0330 0581 659

iCash Contraception and Sexual Health Service: / 0300 300 3030

Keep Your Head emotional and mental health information and resources 

Kooth online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform:

The Samaritans: 116 123

Childline: 0800 1111

Other useful contacts can include your local Police Community Support Officer or telephone 101

Also see:

Special Needs School Nursing 


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