North East Lincolnshire Council

School nursing

Children and young people aged 11-18 years old can text the School Nursing Service on 07507 331620 for confidential advice.

About the School Nursing service

The School Nursing service is available to children from the age of 4 and a half years, young people and their families. We work in partnership with GP’s, Schools, Family Hub Practitioners and various other professionals to meet identified needs and provide the best possible care.

We are available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm from Family Hubs, Health Centres, Schools and we also make regular home visits. If you have any concerns you can call the service on (01472) 323660.

Services offered to all children

Other School Nursing services

School Nurses also offer help with:

  • Healthy lifestyles i.e. sleep, smoking, growth, dental health
  • Bladder and bowel concerns
  • Relationships and sexual health
  • Health issues impacting on school attendance
  • School transition support
  • Vulnerable children – unmet physical needs

Access the School Nurse service

To ask for help from the school nursing service complete our School Nursing referral form.

Other available support and advice services

School Nurses carry out routine immunisations throughout the school year, if your child misses the immunisations in school we do offer catch up sessions.

Useful information:

You can contact the Immunisation Coordinator if you have any questions 01472 323660.

Five key ways that you can help your child to maintain a healthy weight

  1. Be a good role model
  2. Encourage 60 minutes and up to several hours of physical activity a day
  3. Keep to child-sized portions
  4. Eat healthy meals, drinks and snacks
  5. Less screen time and more sleep

  • Family Lives – A national family support charity providing help and support on all aspects of family life including school readiness, behaviour and divorce/separation.
  • Talking Point – Gives parents/carers the information they need to help children develop their speech, language and communication skills.
  • Childrens Sleep Charity – Information to support a better nights sleep.
  • Talk to Frank – Drugs support and advice for children and young people.
  • Bug Busting – Helpful advice when your child has headlice.
  • Infectious Diseases – Advice on how to manage specific infection diseases such as chickenpox, athletes foot and diarrhoea.
  • Brook – Sexual health and wellbeing support for under 25s.
  • Sexual Health Hub – Free confidential sexual health service in North East Lincolnshire.
  • Kidshealth – Information about puberty and growing up.
  • Child Bereavement-supports families either when a baby/child of any age dies or is dying, and when a child is facing bereavement.

Child Accident Prevention Trust – Safety advice for inside and outside the home to help prevent accidents.

NSPCC – Resources for parents to help make difficult conversations with children easier.

Barnardo’s – A range of support and advice for vulnerable children, topics include fostering and adoption, young carers, sexual exploitation, child poverty and domestic violence.

The Hide Out and Women’s Aid – Understand domestic abuse and where to get help if it’s happening to you.

Safer Internet – The latest tips, advice and resources to help children and young people have a safe and positive time online.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection – How to report online abuse.

Net Aware – Your guide to social networks, apps and games.

Kooth – A confidential online counselling and emotional well-being platform for young people aged 11 – 18 years, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.

Young Minds – Looking after your mental health, getting support and advice.

Rise Above – Find interesting information about topics such as body image, exams and friendships.

Let’s Get Talking – Useful guidance for parents who are worried about their childs low mood or self-harm.

The Mix – Support service for young people.

It is important that children and young people have continued good oral hygiene. This includes brushing the teeth twice a day with a fluoride based tooth paste. Children up to the age of 8 will need guidance and supervision to ensure that they are brushing all of their teeth effectively. It is important to continue to offer support as children grow as good dental hygiene ensures that they have good teeth for life.

NHS dental care for children is free. If you are having trouble finding a dentist click on the link for dentists taking on in your area. NHS Choices website

Useful information:

Childrens teeth

By the time your child starts School they should be able to use the toilet, they may have the odd accident and this is normal.

Constipation

  • Not being able to poo at least three times a week
  • Poo is often very large and hard and they have difficulty pushing this out
  • Poo looks like rabbit droppings or little pellets in the toilet.

If your child has soiled pants this could also be a sign of constipation as runny poo may leak past the hard, constipated poo. This is called overflow soiling. If your child or young person is constipated they may find it too painful to poo. This can lead to a vicious cycle of the more it hurts to poo they hold back having a poo and so on.

There are some things you can do to help your child who you think may be constipated such as:

  • A diet high in fibre like fruit and vegetables
  • Drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day
  • Encourage a minimum of 60 minutes per day of physical activity.
  • Try to ease any worries they may have and to be supportive if they do have constipation.

Bedwetting

  • Offer plenty of drinks during the day
  • Not giving your child a drink in the hour prior to bedtime
  • Encourage regular toilet breaks throughout the day
  • Making sure they have a wee before going to sleep
  • Try a reward scheme for remembering to have drinks during the day or going for a wee before bed
  • Make sure your child has easy access to the toilet at night
  • Use waterproof covers on your child’s mattress
  • Avoid waking your child in the night or carrying them to the toilet as this will not help them long term

Useful information:

Bowel and Bladder Support

The Poo Nurses

Constipation and soiling support

If your child has a complex or chronic health need they may require additional support in School. The School Nursing team can offer support to Schools to enable your child to reach their potential.

Useful information:

Asthma

Allergies

Eczema

Epilepsy

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Local Offer

It can be difficult to tell when a child is seriously ill, but the main thing is to trust your instincts. You know better than anyone else what your child is usually like, so you’ll know when something is seriously wrong.

Signs and symptoms of serious illness

Rashes in babies and children

The British Red Cross Baby and Child First Aid app provides simple, easy-to-learn skills to help a baby or child in a first aid emergency.

Minor Ailments Scheme
Everyone can go to their pharmacist for free advice or to buy medicine for minor illnesses, however this scheme is a NHS service for anyone who does not pay for their prescriptions. The pharmacist will be able to give advice and medicines free of charge without the need to see a doctor.

If you have comment, compliment or complaint regarding the health visiting service please contact a Public Health Team Manager on 01472 323660.