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

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Great Britain. Department of Health
Department of Health
Date of publication
1 April 2014
Health Services, Children and Young People
Social welfare
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Many local authorities are turning their minds to the provision of school nursing services. Commissioning of local services will be dependent on local needs, hence this document is provided as guidance, providing a framework for local commissioners and providers. 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 and should be read in conjunction with Getting it right for children, young people and families: Maximising the contribution of the school nursing team: Vision and call to action.

Local Authorities are key commissioners and hold an array of statutory duties for children, including: improving educational achievement; improving the wellbeing of young people; reducing child poverty; and protecting children and families.