Children going back to school this September will benefit from an enhanced school nursing service which will provide a range of specialist support and advice services.
Hampshire County Council recognises the importance of supporting children and young people’s mental and physical health and has procured a revised service to specifically support the physical and emotional resilience of children and young people in Hampshire.
Councillor Patricia Stallard, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Health and Public Health said: “Providing a focused service to support vulnerable older children, as well as extending growth, development and wellbeing checks for children in Year 6, is vital in helping to avoid more costly and intrusive interventions later on. All the evidence supports early action, listening to children and young people at the earliest opportunity – healthy children will become our future healthy adult workforce.
“One of our key aims is also to ensure that it’s not only teachers who know how to contact the service, but that children and young people, as well as parents, are able to get in touch with the school nursing service direct. Being more visible in schools and ensuring children and young people know how to contact a nurse will ensure that those who need extra support are put in touch with expert help as quickly as possible, thereby helping to avoid problems going untreated and causing greater difficulties in later life.”
In April 2013, responsibility for the public health of 5-19 year olds transferred to local authorities. School nurses provide a range of specialist public health support and advice including the delivery of the national child measurement programme. The new service also provides additional support for young people’s health and wellbeing up to the age of 19 years.