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In this section you can catch up on all the latest news from SAPHNA and around the profession.

Early Intevention Foundation Events

Cherylynn Wray - Friday, February 16, 2018 -

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Young Minds - Addressing Adversity

Cherylynn Wray - Monday, February 12, 2018 -   Read More

Revised National Minimum Standards and Core Curriculum for Immunisation Training

Cherylynn Wray - Monday, February 12, 2018 -   Read More

SAPHNA Conference 2018

Cherylynn Wray - Monday, February 12, 2018 -

we are delighted to inform you that our conference is now open for bookings!  Our programme is below for your interest and hope you agree that we have secured an excellent range of topics and presenters to support the learning of all with an interest in promoting the public health of children, young people and their families; Front line staff, commissioners, provider leads, partner agencies and 3rd sector partners will, we trust, find this of interest.

Bookings can be made via the website link

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Feel free to cascade across your networks. We look forward to welcoming you for shared learning, networking, exhibition, poster presentations and, of course, fellowship.


The SAPHNA team



School and Public Health Nursing:

Delivering quality for Children and Young People in the New World


12 June 2018, Manchester Metropolitan University, Brooks building, Birley Campus, Bonsall street, M15 5RN



Opening – 10.00 am

Andy Burnham, Lord Mayor of Greater Manchester (TBC)


Professor Alison Chambers, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care at Manchester Metropolitan University

Keynote address 10.15-10.45

Adverse childhood experiences-the toolkit and impact of school and public health nursing

Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield


Schools and public health nurses, as part of the multi-disciplinary team, promoting and protecting the mental health of school-aged children

Professor Dean Johnstone, Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools/CEO Minds Ahead and Jill Beswick, SCPHN Independent public health nurse consultant


Breaking the cycle of maternal obesity through working with adolescents (funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing)

Speakers: Charlene Mulhern, Public Health England, Workforce Delivery Manager: Children, young people and families and Vicky Gilroy, Senior Lecturer, Specialist Community Public Health Nursing and project steering group.



Youth Violence Commission: consulting with young people to understand the root causes of youth violence in England, Scotland and Wales and the devastating impact that extreme violence has on young people’s lives and that of their families.

Speakers: Vicky Foxcroft MP for Lewisham Deptford and representative Youth Violence Commission


12.30-13.00 Question and answer panel


13.00-14.00 Lunch, exhibition, poster displays and networking 


Workshops (choose two)

1.Fixers ‘Feel happy fix’; supporting young people around the pressures of their body image.

Young Fixer (tbc) and Maggie Morgan, Director of Communications & Stakeholder Engagement


2.Aspire Stockport; A public health model tackling Child sexual exploitation, high level Domestic Abuse, Female Genital Mutilation, Honour Based Violence, Radicalisation/Terrorism, Forced Marriage or Organised Crime.

Young carer and Aspire lead


3.Launching the Burdett project resources including film and App, as tools for the trade in working with adolescents to improve their healthy lifestyle choices.

Elaine Davies, Project lead school nurse SAPHNA committee and Northumbria Healthcare Trust and Elaine Gardiner, Dietician, British Dietetic Association


4.The work of the Paediatric Continence Forum-a selection of innovative tools, including self-management tech! and the resources to support children, young people and families with the challenges of continence issues.

Representatives from the PCF including; Dr Carol Joinson
Reader in Developmental Psychology Centre for Child and Adolescent Health,

Dr Katie Whale, Senior Research Associate Health Psychologist, Bristol University.


5.Sharing the journey thus far in the transformation of the East Sussex public health nursing service using the Lancaster model and HAPI portal;

East Sussex Clinical lead and Public health nurse specialist



6.Improving child oral health: evidence-based approaches.

Professor Zoe Marshman, Professor/Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health, University of Sheffield





 Safeguarding-never a missed opportunity!

Sharon Martin Chair National Independent Reviewing Officers Management Partnership and Siobhan Pyburn, using lived experience of child sexual abuse to create change, the BEAM project




16.40-17.00 Closing remarks Sharon White OBE, Chief Executive SAPHNA


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PHE: Case Studies: A Short Guide to Writing Case Studies

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, February 06, 2018 - case study template.pptx   Read More

RSE Consultation (Deadline 12 February 2018)

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, February 06, 2018 -

DfE has launched a call for evidence as part of its review of changes to teaching of sex and relationship education, and PSHE

The current statutory guidance for teaching Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) that was introduced in 2000 is being updated after legislation was passed by Parliament earlier this year to make relationships education compulsory in all primary schools and relationships and sex education compulsory in all secondary schools.

As part of the review process the government is asking parents, teachers and young people to help shape the new curriculum.

Full information about the review is available here and a

young people’s call for evidence can be found here

The call for evidence will extend over an 8 week period until 12th February 2018 and invites views on age-appropriate content on mental wellbeing, staying safe online and LGBT issues in the updated subjects.

The online consultation should take 30 minutes to complete and is available here :


Please notify your communities of practice of the opportunity to participate in the consultation process and encourage local public health teams, schools, colleges, school nurses, parents, young people and other interested partner organisations with whom you work to respond by the stated deadline.

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Young Carer Events in February and March 2018

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, February 06, 2018 -

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Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, February 06, 2018 -

PHE publishes independent expert e-cigarettes evidence review

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Cherylynn Wray - Monday, February 05, 2018 -

Always and Tampax Provide Thousands of Schools with Free Sanitary Wear and Access to Puberty Education Programme


The Always & Tampax ‘About You’ Puberty Education Programme is back this year and thousands of secondary schools across the UK and Republic of Ireland have already signed up to receive their free sample packs.


The programme aims to help educators tackle the challenge of teaching 11-14-year-olds about the physical and emotional aspects of puberty, including drops in confidence and low self-esteem that can occur in young girls.


Last year over 300,000 young girls benefitted from free Always & Tampax sample packs, and 98% of survey respondents who used the resources said their students (both boys and girls) enjoyed the lessons.

The ‘About You’ Puberty Education Programme provides free, downloadable classroom resources such as lesson plans, activity sheets, PowerPoints and videos, in addition to sending secondary schools free demonstration kits and sample packs for the girls in one chosen year group. Created by teachers for teachers, the resources help deliver puberty education in line with the PSHE/PSE curriculum. They include #LikeAGirl confidence-building resources and cover four topics:


* Changing Body – including lessons on feminine protection, puberty, growth and development

* Healthy Body – covering healthy eating, personal hygiene, exercise and sleep

* Emotional Health – covering peer pressure, self-esteem and relationships with others

* PE – tackling the sport drop-off in girls at the point of puberty, and helping them build and maintain their confidence


“The samples have helped to provide visual input for our students, which helps learners to really engage with the subject content. It has also helped to support our less confident, non-specialist members of staff who can use the resources to structure their lessons.”

– Chrissie Jackson, Lead Teacher of Social Sciences, Abbey Park school



“By having the programme and samples, it gave me the confidence to demonstrate how the samples worked and to be able to talk freely about a 'taboo' subject that can be difficult for girls to speak about.   As the sessions went on, the girls became much more confident to ask different questions. Very pleased that I signed up for this.

- Rhian Spence, Head of Year 9, Heysham High School Sports College



Free sample packs are limited in number and schools can sign up now by visiting, and clicking the ‘Join this Initiative’ button. Sample packs include:


  • Classroom demonstration kits
  • Feminine protection sample packs & information booklets for the girls
  • Parent/carer leaflets for the girls to take home
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Mental Health Videos and Resources from Pooky

Cherylynn Wray - Monday, February 05, 2018 -

Check link frequently for new info/resources from Pooky Knightsmith:

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