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‘A significant loss of expertise’ – campaign to reverse 'steep decline' in school nurses

A campaign for a school nurse in every school has been launched in a bid to reverse a ‘steep decline’ that has seen a 33% fall in the number of school nurses since 2009. A new report – based on a...

Measles: National incident declared after sharp rise in cases

‘The UK Health Security Agency declared a national incident in January after a sharp rise in the number of measles cases, coinciding with the lowest uptake of vaccines recorded in more than a decade...

Preparing to roll out school-based immunisations: Best practice tips

‘… it is also important to have clinic sessions arranged for evenings and weekends. This is to support young people who were not happy to be vaccinated at school or who have missed the school...

Impact of the Nursing and Midwifery Council Future Nurse Standards on children's nursing: A critical discussion

There are currently 587,885 adult nurses on the NMC register, in comparison to 57,014 children's nurses, 95 485 mental health nurses and only 16 840 learning disability nurses (NMC, 2023). Further...

Exploring how the uptake of childhood immunisations can be improved in England: A systematic review

The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine was launched in the UK in 1988, when childhood immunisation uptake was at a 92% high (Raneri and Matusitz, 2014).

The season of hope

‘The press and media are always keen to hear about stories from the frontline … SAPHNA collates case studies that help us bring school nursing to life. So, please share the good work that you are...

Academic pressure: Taking the issue seriously

The Children's Society performs regular surveys of happiness with children and their parents or carers, and their reports (The Good Childhood Report) are often cited as evidence for problems with...

Tackling absence is not a quick fix

Persistent school absence has serious and long-term consequences on children and young people. The latest data (Department for Education [DfE], 2024) shows a 20.5% persistent absence rate.

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Parents are increasingly worried that too much time spent online is damaging their children's physical health and sleep..

Loot boxes and blurred lines between gaming and gambling

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NHS research shows that around 16% have a probable mental health condition at late primary age, rising to almost 23% in secondary – notably higher than when the annual research began in 2017.

While we wait for change, this is our role…

The latest statistics from the NHS tell us that 20.3% of 8 to 16-year-olds have a probable mental health condition–up from 12.1% in 2017 when this research was first carried out.

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How digital treatment solutions are supporting children and young people's mental health

This all took place before the pandemic. The further impact of the pandemic on the mental health needs of the population made an existing problem even more complex. For a substantial period of time,...

E-cigarette use A look at how school nurses can address this growing trend

‘It is concerning that a proportion of adolescents believe that the physical and mental health effects of e-cigarette use are non-existent or very minimal.’ .

Culture: A determinant of breastfeeding in SCPHN practice

The health benefits of breastfeeding are well researched and are recognised by professional bodies both nationally and globally (UNICEF, 2021; World Health Organization [WHO], 2021). Benefits which...

Improving the health of ethnically diverse children and young people in minority groups

Sara is 15 and pregnant. The father of her child left to go back to his home country early in the pregnancy. Sara is now 28 weeks pregnant and still at school. She is struggling because of her...

Factors that can affect students' wellbeing – A quantitative retrospective study

The purpose of this study was to investigate factors that affect students' wellbeing..

A renewed focus on school nursing

‘School nurse leadership needs to be bold, constructively challenge and use evidence to support changes in practice.’ .


The vast majority of schools are providing uniforms, clothing and food for children – including supplying free school meals to non-eligible pupils – as the cost of living crisis continues to hit...

The growing shadow of poverty and crisis

With another new school year comes more evidence of families being pushed to the brink and the impact on students in our schools.

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Meeting the safeguarding needs of all children and young people

‘Boarding away from home, brings its own challenges and many pupils in independent schools are bursary, charity or local authority funded and often have had upbringings in areas of high...

Looking at aspects of family dynamics that contribute to childhood obesity

Children eating high fat or sugar foods, and decreased exercise are some of the main contributing factors found in studies (Conlon et al, 2019; Kininmonth et al, 2022). It is becoming more evident...

Understanding stress and resilience in the transition to secondary school

‘…there is considerable variation across studies, individuals, and groups of children. For example, whereas most studies report an increase in anxiety through this transition, some report a decrease...

Time to Shine: The child that is fully seen, heard, and supported

‘Co-production is a key element of this health assessment, which allows the joint effort of a school nurse and client to complete what is required in a reciprocal manner.’

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