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School Health: Policy context

Key policy reports relevant to school nursing and school health services.
  • Website Implementing the 0 to 25 special needs system: government advice for local authorities and health partners (Updated 7 July 2014)

    This guidance sets out the vision for the special educational needs (SEN) reforms, the case for change, and provides non-statutory advice for: local authorities (children’s services, social care and adult social care); health partners (clinical commissioning groups, and health and wellbeing boards).

    Publisher: Department for Education (DfE) and Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 09/12/2013

  • Website School nursing: public health services (Guidance)

    This guidance supports effective commissioning of school nursing services to provide public health for school aged children. It also explains how local school nursing services can be used and improved to meet local needs

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 31/03/2014

  • Website Maximising the school nursing team contribution to the public health of school-aged children: guidance to support the commissioning of public health provision for school aged children 5-19

    This guidance document provides a framework for local commissioners and providers of school nursing services. It aims to set out the core school nurse offer and the innovative ways that school nursing services can be commissioned and developed to meet local need to ensure effective, seamless delivery of public health for school-aged children and young people. This guidance supports the development of local service specifications.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 31/03/2014

  • Website Health visiting and school nurse programme: supporting implementation of the new service offer. Promoting emotional wellbeing and positive mental health of children and young people

    This document outlines the contribution that the health visiting and school nursing service can make to improving emotional health and wellbeing outcomes for children, young people and their families. It describes different levels of intervention across the 4 tiers of the new health visiting and school nursing service model. This document builds on No health without mental health (2011) and recognises the vital role of partner agencies and the need for local collaboration in commissioning and delivery.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 31/03/2014

  • Website Health visiting and school nurse programme: supporting implementation of the new service offer. Developing strong relationships and supporting positive sexual health

    This pathway is guidance to support school nurses, sexual health service providers and partners, working to support the contraceptive and sexual health needs of young people. It builds on the evidence from the Healthy Child Programme (5-19). The delivery of sexual health services requires leadership, collaboration and commitment from all partners including schools, GPs and contraception and sexual health services. This guidance will be of interest to commissioners of public health and providers of school nursing and sexual health services.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 31/03/2014

  • Website Health visiting and school nurse programme: supporting implementation of the new service offer. Supporting the health and wellbeing of young carers

    This pathway sets out the key messages for services and professionals to meet the needs of young carers. It is of interest to all professionals providing on-going care where a child or young person may be involved in caring duties. It is particularly aimed at school nursing services and will be of interest to professionals and provider organisations and commissioners. The pathway is designed to support integrated working between the school nursing service, other public health nurses and partners in supporting young carers and their families.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 31/03/2014

  • Website Implementing a new 0 to 25 special needs system: further education. Advice for further education colleges, sixth form colleges, 16-19 academies and special post-16 institutions

    Departmental advice for all post-16 colleges and academies about implementing the 0 to 25 special needs system from September 2014. The advice explains: the changes being introduced to the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) system; and what post-16 colleges and academies need to do to implement the changes.

    Publisher: Department for Education (DfE)
    Published Date: 08/04/2014

  • Website Children with special educational and complex needs: guidance for health and wellbeing boards

    This document provides guidance and advice for health and wellbeing boards on how best to oversee the implementation of changes to support for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 19/09/2014

  • Website Wraparound and holiday childcare: parent and childcare provider ‘rights to request’

    This guidance aims to help schools understand how to respond to requests from parents and childcare providers about wraparound and holiday childcare. ‘Wraparound childcare’ is childcare that schools provide outside of normal school hours, such as breakfast clubs or after school childcare.

    Publisher: Department for Education (DfE)
    Published Date: 26/05/2016

  • Website Health visiting and school nurse programme: supporting implementation of the new service offer. No. 5: Safeguarding children and young people: enhancing professional practice – working with children and families

    This document sets out the rationale for effective partnership working and pulls together the core safeguarding principles. It provides more specific focus and clarity for health visitors and school nurses to support their roles. The ultimate aim is to ensure health visitors and school nurses provide appropriate input in terms of prevention, early intervention and to formal safeguarding arrangements.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 07/09/2012

  • Website Getting it right for children, young people and families. Maximising the contribution of the school nursing team: vision and call to action

    The report identifies the next steps towards achieving improved services and outcomes. The new service model is set within the Healthy Child Programme 5-19 which is based on best evidence to promote and protect the health of children in the developing years. It aims to join up best evidence of what should be done with the views of professionals, parents, children and young people on how it should be done. By implementing the model, good health outcomes and positive user experience can be achieved.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 12/03/2012

  • Website Our school nurse: young people’s views on the role of the school nurse

    The British Youth Council (BYC) was invited by the Department of Health to feed the views of secondary school aged young people into its School Nurse programme of development. This report presents the results of the consultation process with young children. Four key themes emerged: School nurses need to be visible and well known amongst school-aged children and young people; School nurses need to offer early help to support young people; School nursing services need to offer choice to young people in order to be accessible and confidential; Young people want to be able to offer their views about the service they receive.

    Publisher: British Youth Council
    Published Date: 29/11/2011

  • Website National child measurement programme: operational guidance for the 2013 to 2014 school year

    This annual guidance advises local commissioners and providers of the national child measurement programme (NCMP) on how the programme should be implemented.

    Publisher: Public Health England (PHE)
    Published Date: 01/08/2013

  • Website Safeguarding children in education: the role of local authorities and governing bodies under the Education Act 2002

    Bilingual English/Welsh guidance setting out the roles and responsibilities of Welsh local authorities, governing bodies, proprietors of independent schools, head teachers, and staff with designated responsibility for child protection in making arrangements to enable people in the education service to play their full part in safeguarding children from abuse and neglect. Provides guidance about the effect of the duty to have arrangements about safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children introduced by section 175 of the Act. Makes recommendations on the skills, means and training necessary to ensure children and young people are protected from harm.

    Publisher: Welsh Assembly Government
    Published Date: 26/04/2008

  • Website Children, Schools and Families Act 2010

    The Children, Schools and Families Bill has been received Royal Assent. It contains provisions about effective information sharing in LSCBs; strengthened the evaluation of serious case reviews; and greater media reporting of family court proceedings. However, provisions to make sex and relationship education compulsory and to register and monitor home education have been dropped.

    Publisher: Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI)
    Published Date: 13/04/2010

  • Website The special educational needs and disability review

    This review was commissioned to evaluate how well the legislative framework and arrangements served children and young people who had special educational needs and/or disabilities. It considered the early years, compulsory education, education from 16 to 19, and the contribution of social care and health services.

    Publisher: Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skill
    Published Date: 14/09/2010

  • Website Evaluation of the SEND pathfinder programme: process and implementation

    This report is the first of 2 volumes containing the evaluation findings from the first 18 months of the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) pathfinder programme. Twenty pathfinder sites, comprising 31 local authority areas, were tasked to develop and trial: an integrated assessment process; a single, joined up ‘education, health and care plan’; and personal budgets for children and young people from birth to 25 years across education, social care and health and adult services.

    Publisher: Department for Education (DfE)
    Published Date: 13/06/2013

  • Website Lead member for children’s services briefing on school health service

    This briefing for lead members for children’s services summarises the school health service and how school nurses can support its delivery.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 22/04/2013

  • Website Education Committee - Sixth Report - Pre-legislative scrutiny: Special Educational Needs

    The Education Committee has welcomed the overall direction of the government’s proposed legislation to reform provision for children with special educational needs (SEN), but warns that the NHS Constitution cannot be allowed to prevent the imposition of much stronger duties on commissioning boards to ensure that adequate, joined-up services are put in place across the country.

    Publisher: Select Committee on Education, House of Commons
    Published Date: 12/12/2012

  • Website Effectiveness, costing and cost effectiveness of interventions for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)

    This report identifies key issues associated with the evaluation of interventions, summarises some of the key findings before going on to examine issues associated with the costs and cost effectiveness of interventions for children with SLCN.

    Publisher: Department for Education (DfE)
    Published Date: 07/12/2012

  • Website Choosing activity: a physical activity action plan (2005)

    This document sets out government's plans to encourage and co-ordinate the action of a range of departments and organisations to promote increased participation in physical activity across England. It brings together commitments relating to physical activity in the public health white paper, Choosing Health, as well as other action across government, which will contribute to increasing levels of physical activity. These include school PE and sport and local action to encourage activity through sport, transport plans, the use of green spaces and by the NHS providing advice to individuals on increasing activity through the use of pedometers.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 15/03/2005

  • Website Learning and your rights

    It is unlawful for schools and other education providers to discriminate against disabled pupils, students and adult learners. Find out how the Equality Act 2010 has increased protection for disabled learners against unfair treatment.

    Publisher: Directgov
    Published Date: 30/08/2011

  • Website A school for the future - 2025: practical futures thinking

    This policy paper is based on the policy workshop held at Birkbeck College on March 25 2012 which examined the complex interaction between values, political, organisational and practical issues about teaching and learning in the design of schools for all. This is one of a series of papers on policy options for special education needs. It is produced with the SEN Policy Options Steering Group and supported by nasen.

    Publisher: SEN Policy Options Steering Group
    Published Date: 25/09/2012

  • Website Healthy lives, healthy people: improving outcomes and supporting transparency. A public health outcomes framework for England, 2013-2016

    This document sets out the overall vision for public health, the outcomes the government wants to see achieved, and the indicators that will help people understand whether improved outcomes are being achieved.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 23/01/2012

  • Website The Coalition: our programme for government

    The government has published its key policy plans, covering areas such as political reform, public health, schools and education, home information packs, tackling the deficit and reform of the banking system.

    Publisher: Cabinet Office
    Published Date: 21/05/2010


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