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School Nursing in Cornwall

The School Nurses belong to the Public Health Nurse Team working alongside other Public Health Nurses such as the Health Visiting Team.  Our team includes a Head of Service for School Nursing & Health Visiting, Locality Managers, Specialist Public Health School Nurses,  School Health Practitioners, Community Nurses and Family Health Workers.  We also have a Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children and a Named Nurse for Children in Care, we also have our own team of Practice Teachers maintaining and supporting ongoing training and development of the service.  

Our team are well trained to support children’s physical and emotional health.  The Qualified School Nurse will have undertaken the “Specialist Public Health Nurse Degree” providing additional education and training to ensure a holistic and good quality service for school-age children.

The School Nursing service offers all parents and carers in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, the opportunity for their child to have a health assessments & reviews during their children’s school years from reception through to leaving secondary education.  This includes children educated at home, it does not, however,  include children whose parents/carers have opted to attend private schools.  

We provide confidential support and advice that promotes the best possible health and educational outcomes for your child. We also offer confidential advice and support to young people in secondary schools as they request it by use of our Drop-in visits.

We can help if you have concerns about your child’s health such as weight, behaviour or continence problems (night and day time wetting).

School Nurses have three main roles:

  • To give confidential advice and care to children, young people and parents or carers.
  • To support young people to look after their physical and emotional health
  • To direct young people to the right services
  • To guide and support children transitioning into secondary education and adult services

Here to help you and your child

We can help you with or refer you for:

  • Health assessments/reviews
  • Healthy eating/lifestyle, Healthy Weight
  • Supporting a school where a child has a health condition
  • Support you alongside other professionals such as Family Workers, Speech & Language, Emotional Wellbeing Professionals, School SENCO staff
  • Readiness for School  (i.e Continence, Speech & Language, Behaviour, Sleep, Developmental milestones)
  • Immunisation Advice & Guidance

We can support referrals to:

  • Community Paediatrician/GP/other Specialist Nurses
  • Children’s mental health services
  • Dietitian/weight management programmes
  • Readiness for toileting
  • Behaviour
  • Parenting support
  • Special Educational Needs Services

The School Nursing Service Offer of assessments to all children 5-19 years.

A Universal School Entry Health Assessment Questionnaire

A Universal Year 6 Health Questionnaire

Mid-Teen Health Review (Yr 9)

Transition to Adult Services (School Leavers)

Invitation to participate in the National Child Measurement Programme.

Invitation to have hearing & vision assessment

You can request a health assessment anytime for your child by self referring via the Early Help Hub for an appointment.

For advice about self-referral, please access www.cornwall.gov.uk/earlyhelp, or email earlyhelphub@cornwall.gov.uk or tel: 01872 322277.

How to contact your School Nurse

For more basic advice, guidance, signposting about your child’s health you can also

Contact the Client Advice Line on 01872 322779

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