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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...

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.


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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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...

Promoting oral care in children with additional needs: The role of the multidisciplinary team

Maintaining a healthy mouth is important to ensure good feeding and communication. A baby may get their first tooth anytime from around 6 months to 1 year, with most children having a full set of baby...

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...

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).

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...

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...

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.


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.

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,...

Poverty could be behind rise in infant and child mortality rates

‘The data now shows that infants and children living in deprived areas are more than twice as likely to die than those in less deprived areas.’ .

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