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Every child in Wales to have access to recognised nurse throughout their school education

Friday May 19th, 2017

The Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething yesterday [18 May] announced new plans to ensure that all children and young people in Wales receive consistent support and advice from a healthcare professional throughout their school age years.Government Opportunities

Each secondary school and their cluster primaries will have an identified school nurse and associated health team with a variety of skills, who will be accessible for support and advice as children progress through their education both within and outside term time.

The new ‘School Nursing Framework’ is designed to ensure young people receive consistent expert support from a healthcare professional who is familiar with their health and wellbeing needs.

The framework provides commitment to a seamless service for health and lifestyle support and advice to all families from birth, provided by midwifery services, through to health visiting and onto school nursing.

School nurses will provide and coordinate health intervention and public health programmes on a range of issues, including:

  • Physical health
  • Promotion of emotional wellbeing and supporting the mental health needs of school age children
  • Delivery of the national screening, surveillance and immunisation programmes in the school setting
  • Safeguarding
  • Early identification and assessment of pupils’ needs
  • Additional support and/or signposting to local or specialist services for children and young people who are identified as having additional needs

Vaughan Gething yesterday said:

We want to do everything we can to ensure the health and well being of all children in Wales.

School nurses make an important contribution to the healthy development of a child and I am pleased that that every child in Wales will now have a dedicated school nurse throughout their time at school to ensure that their health and emotional needs are met.

Happy, healthy children are much more likely to achieve their full potential and grow up to be healthy adults.

Investing in our young people is investing in our future.”

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