All Schools and Colleges are supported by the School Health Nurse Service. You can even get support from them if you are not at school for any reason.
Take Action: Find out more about the school health nurse service, including the Chat Health Service which offers support via text message to young people aged 5-19. Parents can also get support by text via Parent Line.
You can see the School Health Nurse without telling anyone else. You can see the School Health Nurse for any health concern including mental health.
More about the school health nurse service
School and College health nurses are specially trained to help keep you healthy, happy and safe.
We can help with lots of things such as:
- Advice on healthy choices, for example healthy eating, dental health, sexual health and substance misuse.
- Emotional health
- Promoting healthy lifestyles and fitness
- Support for young people with diabetes and asthma
- Support for teenage parents
- Referrals to other organisations that might be able to help
Crucial: The School Health Nurse service also supports those at Further Education College. They can support on all kinds of issues, including quitting smoking, healthy lifestyles and mental health.
Everything you discuss with your School Health Nurse is confidential.
It is only if you are at risk or putting someone else at risk that the School Health Nurse might need to talk to other professionals. They will always try and discuss this with you first though, so you know what is going on.
Crucial: If you need a school nurse during the summer holidays or when schools are closed for any reason you can call 07769 235 149 or email SHN.Oxfordshire@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk
Contraceptive Health Outreach
All young people under 19 can access contraceptive health services via their School Health Nurse or the Nurse at their college. You can also access this service if you are:
- Not in mainstream education
- Electively home educated (EHE)
- Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET)
- In employment or training but aged under 19
This service is also available for young people who are attending non-mainstream Schools, Looked After, in the Youth Justice System, in Child Protection or receiving Family Nurse Partnership services.
Contraceptive outreach includes:
- Condoms, Chlamydia Testing & Treatment, Pregnancy Testing, Emergency Hormonal Contraception, and Contraception
Crucial: You don't have to be at school or college to access any School Health Nurse services in Oxfordshire. They can be accessed by children and young people under 19 who are being educated at home (EHE), who are not in employment education or training (NEET) and who are otherwise not in mainstream education.
Frequently Asked Questions:
As school health nurses we get asked lots of different things that may be worrying young people. Below are some of the most common questions with some answers.
Can I get free contraceptives from the school and college nurses?
My wishes are different from my parents, does that mean I cannot have a health treatment, for example, receive an immunisation?
You can still have an immunisation. If you can show that you are able to understand what having a vaccine means, you can consent for yourself.
Can someone help me stop smoking?
Yes, and give you regular support and treatment, or liaise with the practice nurse at your doctor’s surgery to help you.
I want to lose weight and get fitter! Can you help?
Your school nurse can help and has lots of ideas, tips and tools to to support you.
My boyfriend/girlfriend is threatening me or making me unhappy – where can I get help?
Your school nurse will give you lots of support and help with this issue, and signpost you to other services that can help.
I feel so miserable, can my school health nurse help?
School nurses are trained to help with emotional health, and can refer you to specialised services if you need it.
I have to care for my disabled or ill parent (or other family member) – where can I get help?
Young carers are entitled to special support. You can let any staff member know you are caring for someone at home. You can also tell the school nurse who will help you to get the right support.
My spots are getting me down, is there anything that will really help?
Definitely YES! The school nurse will have lots of ideas and know where to get help and treatment that will make a difference.
I want to smoke weed but some of my friends say it’s harmful – where can I get some real information?
Your school nurse knows the right agencies to help you, and can give you accurate information on the risks to your health.
Will they tell my parents/carers/teacher what I discuss with them?
Anything you tell the nurse is confidential unless it is something that puts you or others at risk – then they will have to share it with someone for your safety. They will discuss this with you before they do so.