Young people in secondary school can see a School Nurse in the School Nurse drop in, if they have any health need or an emotional health and wellbeing issue.
Confidentiality and consent:
As a service we encourage young people to talk to their parents/carers about health issues that are troubling them.
The service does offer a confidential service to young people but there are times when the School Nurse may need to share information, depending upon the young person’s age and level of understanding.
Gillick Competence & Fraser Guidelines:
The service abides by Gillick competence which is a term originating in England and is used in medical law to decide whether a child (under 16 years of age) is able to consent to his or her own medical treatment, without the need for parental permission or knowledge.
We always encourage young people to talk to their parents but there are times when we have to decide whether a child is mature enough to make decisions, and this is when we will assess if the child is ‘Gillick competent’ or whether they meet the ‘Fraser guidelines’.
The Gillick competency and Fraser guidelines help us all to balance children’s rights and wishes with our responsibility to keep children safe from harm.
Free healthy lifestyle programme for 4 to 11 year olds in Warrington
Warrington’s School Health Service has developed a healthy lifestyle programme for children aged 4 to 11 years old and their families.
The programme, which is aimed at children who are slightly above a healthy weight, will feature a range of fun activities and advice on healthy eating for the whole family, such as food preparation, fast food versus fresh food, the difference between fats and sugars, reading food labels and portion sizes.
By teaching children about the importance of health and fitness, it will encourage them to lead a healthier lifestyle in adulthood and ultimately reduce their risk of diseases such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis and some cancers.
The programme even helps children with their emotional wellbeing by building confidence, self-discipline, and self-esteem.
Find out more how your family can access the programme by contacting Caroline Fisher on 01925 867831.
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