The school health advisory service aim to promote and support the health and wellbeing of all school aged children. The services have two key roles:
(i) To give confidential advice, care and support to schools, children, young people and their parents.
(ii) To protect and promote the physical and emotional health of children and young people, to ensure that they get the most from their education.
Who are the services for? The school health advisory service/school nursing service will be delivered to all children and young people and their families where the child or young person is enrolled to attend a mainstream school within Birmingham. This includes
academies, community schools, foundation schools, voluntary aided and voluntary controlled, free schools and some independent schools.
Information for young people
School nurses treat information about children, young people and their families as confidential. We do sometimes share information with other agencies, like GPs or your child’s school, so that the young person or child can get the help they need. We would only share this information without your agreement if it were necessary to ensure a child’s safety.
If you are ever unsure if your referral is appropriate, please do not hesitate to contact your school nursing team directly.
All referrals into the service will be reviewed. If information has been omitted, or the referral is inappropriate we will contact you to discuss this further.
Who delivers services?
The school nursing teams are led by clinical team leaders, backed by a range of professionals.
These include school nurses (who are specialist public health nurses), staff nurses, school nurse assistants, young peoples health advisors, school nurse support workers and team administrators.
The school health advisory service launched in Birmingham in April 2016 represents a new approach in working with schools and families to help children be healthy and get the most from their education.
Key partners in the delivery of services in Birmingham include Forward Thinking Birmingham, Aquarius and Umbrella.
Innovative partnerships have been established with Third Sector partners Barnardo's, Spurgeon's and Family Action.