School nurses are public health nurses who will work with 5 to 19 year-olds. They give confidential advice, care and treatment to children and young people, and work with parents and carers in schools and other community settings.
They work to improve the health and wellbeing of this age group, and identifying anyone who needs early help. They can also help with conversations between health and education.
A school nurse helps by
- Empowering children and young people to make healthy lifestyle choices
- Providing a point of contact for children and young people, parents or carers, and schools that need health advice or information. This may involve assessing individual needs, offering advice and referring to other services, as necessary
- Supporting children and young people with some on-going or specific health needs. This may include children with complex health needs or a learning or physical disability
- Delivering immunisation programmes, including Human papilloma virus (HPV), childhood flu and meningitis A,C,W and Y
School nurses also run school-based drop-in clinics in Somerset secondary schools. At these they help with
- Health information
- Signposting to other services
- Sexual health services
- Mental health
- Alcohol, smoking and substance misuse
- Healthy lifestyles
Find out more about school nurses and how to contact them