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

Always and Tampax 'About You' Healthy Relationships Campaign

Cherylynn Wray - Monday, October 22, 2018 -

Always & Tampax set to educate teenagers about healthy relationships

Brand new education programme for 13-14-year-olds comes with hundreds of thousands of free pads and tampons

Always & Tampax have launched new Healthy Relationships resources for 13-14-year-olds and aim to distribute over 300,000 free tampons as part of the ‘About You’ education programme for secondary schools.

Free downloadable resource packs, videos and interactive activities will help teachers explore with students what it means to have healthy relationships with themselves and others, focusing on how to maintain confidence and self-esteem throughout the emotional and physical challenges of adolescence.

Developed in collaboration with teachers, female students and SAPHNA (School and Public Health Nurses Association), the curriculum-linked resources help tackle tricky topics such as self-esteem, body image, rights and responsibilities around consent, and periods.


“By having the programme and the 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, Heysham High



Following a pilot programme in June this year, 97% of educators said they would recommend the Healthy Relationships resources to a colleague.


Hundreds of schools have already registered their interest in the new resources, which complement the existing puberty education resources for 11-12-year-olds, and requested their free products and leaflets for parents and girls. Secondary schools in the UK and ROI can access free sample packs of pads for 11-12-year-olds and now tampons for 13-14-year-olds by registering their details on the National Schools Partnership website:


Plus, Always release more free pads to help end period poverty

Always have also announced they will be donating more free pads to schools this term as part of their #EndPeriodPoverty initiative, to help keep girls in school that can’t afford sanitary protection. The initiative, launched in March 2018, was inspired by their research which revealed over half of women who have experienced period poverty believe it has had a direct effect on their success, confidence and happiness.

If you are a teacher at a UK state secondary school with at least 1% of girls eligible for free school meals, you will be entitled to receive free Always pads to help keep your girls most in need in school (in addition to any you receive for your 11-12-year-olds as part of the About You programme.

State secondary schools could be eligible for over 3,500 free pads for girls most in need

You can register for free pads as part of the #EndPeriodPoverty initiative at the same time as registering for the About You education programme and free products on the National Schools Partnership website, simply tick the box when you’re asked on the form.

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Supporting Homeless Young People & Families - Association for Young People's Health

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, October 16, 2018 -

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VACANCY: Nursing Sister at St Georges, Weybridge

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, October 16, 2018 -

Closing date: 12 November 2018 at Midday


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Epipen Shortage - Latest Update From DHSC & DfE

Cherylynn Wray - Thursday, October 11, 2018 -

EpiPen and EpiPen Junior Schools Guidance:

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Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, October 09, 2018 -

SAPHNA is currently recruiting for trustees, committee members, Executive Lead Officer and Chair. The closing date for completed applications is 31st October 2018.


If you are interested in joining us please enquire via the ‘contact’ box on this website for further details. 

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Free Organ Donation Teaching Resources for Key Stages 3 and 4

Sharon White - Saturday, September 08, 2018 -
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Keeping Children Safe in Education

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, September 04, 2018 -

Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment.

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School Nurse International 2019 - Call For Abstracts

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, September 04, 2018 -

The next School Nurse International is opening for abstracts on a range of topics related to School Health

closing on 1 November 2018.

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RSPH - Status of Mind Report

Cherylynn Wray - Sunday, September 02, 2018 -


RSPH and the Young Health Movement have published a new report examining the positive and negative effects of social media on young people’s health


The report includes a league table of social media platforms according to their impact on young people’s mental health. YouTube topped the table as the most positive, with Instagram and Snapchat coming out as the most detrimental to young people’s mental health and wellbeing

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Eating Disorders Training

Cherylynn Wray - Sunday, September 02, 2018 -

An estimated 1.25 million people in the UK have an eating disorder. These serious mental illnesses devastate both the lives of those suffering and those supporting them. The sooner someone receives support for an eating disorder the better their chance of a full, sustained recovery. Beat are delivering Early Intervention: Spotting the Signs training for secondary school professionals across the country. By attending our free training session, delivered by one of our expert clinical trainers, you will be able to spot the signs in your students and learn how to support them effectively as well as gain access to our exclusive professional support services.


This is the list of training dates confirmed so far:


Yorkshire –


Bradford 16th October 2018 Life Centre, Wapping Road, Bradford, BD3 0E
Leeds 17th October 2018 St George’s Centre, 60 Great George Street, Leeds, LS1 3DL
Huddersfield 18th October 2018 Creative & Media Studio School, Netherhall Learning Campus, Rawthorpe Terrace, Huddersfield, HD5 9NY
Sheffield 23rd October 2018 The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, Sheffield, S1 4FW
Doncaster 25th October 2018 Armthorpe Academy, Mere Lane, Armthorpe, Doncaster, DN3 2DA
Leeds 8th November 2018 Shine Conference Centre, Harehills Road, Leeds, LS8 5HS
Rotherham 8th November 2018 YMCA White Rose, Myplace Rotherham, S65 1PH
Hull 13th November 2018 Malet Lambert High School, James Reckitt Avenue, Hull, HU8 0JD
York 15th November 2018 Fulford School, Fulfordgate, Fulford, York, YO10 4FY
Sheffield 20th November 2018 Notre Dame High School, Fulwood Road, Sheffield, S10 3BT
Bradford 22nd November 2018

Thornbury Centre, 79 Leeds Old Road, Bradford, BD3 8JX

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