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New Policy Report: Young People With Continence Problems Need Better Support At Secondary School

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, November 27, 2018 -

Researchers from the University of Bristol led a workshop entitled "Continence Problems in Young People. Translating the evidence into designing support materials for schools" which outlined the findings from two research studies.


This in-depth qualitative research, the first of its kind in the UK, explored the impacts of continence problems for young people at secondary school and the barriers to their effective management. The study also assessed current awareness, practices and future information needs of school staff.


Informed by workshop participants, the findings and implications have now been summarised into this policy report Young people with continence problems need better support at secondary school


Contrary to popular belief, continence problems often persist into adolescence.


In an average sized secondary school there could be around 30-40 young people affected.


Under the Children and Families Act (2014) schools are required to provide appropriate support for children and young people with health problems.

However, the findings indicate that the needs of young people with bladder and bowel issues are not being met.


Key points include:

Continence problems are common in young people, but some schools are not complying with their legal duty to make arrangements to support children with a medical condition.

Addressing the challenges starts with educating teachers and other school staff.

Secondary school staff need support to understand their responsibilities and to know how to respond to the unique needs of young people with continence problems.

The statutory guidance from the Department for Education on 'Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions at School' should include guidance for schools on clear and discreet procedures to make disclosing continence problems easier for young people.

Young people with continence problems may need extra time during exams and additional support to catch up with missed parts of lessons.

This requires a national approach to address unequal provision between schools.


This report is based upon research led by Dr Carol Joinson, Reader in Developmental Psychology at the Centre for Child and Adolescent Health at the University of Bristol, in collaboration with ERIC – The Children's Bowel and Bladder Charity, which was funded by the Medical Research Council and Economic and Social Research Council.


If you would like further information on this research topic, Dr Joinson and Juliette Randall (CEO of ERIC) are happy to discuss the work:;

This research has been welcomed by many organisations in this sector, and Dr Joinson would like to acknowledge the role of ERIC, the Paediatric Continence Forum and Bladder and Bowel UK in informing this work.

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The Florence Nightingale Foundation / Public Health England Nursing, Maternity and Early Years Directorate – The Nana Quawson Public Health Nurse Leadership Award Programme

Cherylynn Wray - Sunday, August 05, 2018 -

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Last Summer In Soho - Fictional Book Published By Jessica Streeting

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, July 24, 2018 -

This novel charts a fictitious summer term through the eyes of Sylvie, a community school nurse working in Soho, London.

Sylvie and her stretched but resourceful team strive to serve the diverse children and families who live and work in this contemporary London setting.
Based in a magnificent, dilapidated old building which becomes central to the plot, and beset by diminishing funds and a tide of need that threatens to overwhelm, the team hit on an idea to make the summer term go with a bang, offering first aid classes after school in Soho Square. The initiative gathers pace and serves as a natural back drop to the everyday extraordinariness of these children's lives.

Sylvie's best friend and confidante is Finn, who in contrast to the London narrative, lives in Cromer Norfolk, where she is trying to establish a beach café on the windswept coast. These two worlds become increasingly interwoven when tragedy strikes at the heart of the community.

The tone of the novel is funny, sad and surreal, holding the health and wellbeing of children at its heart and offering authentic insight into the lives of London children today.

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National School Breakfast Programme

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, July 24, 2018 -

Free breakfast food, start-up grant and expert support available to eligible schools.


Funding from central government is available now to set up or improve breakfast provision, via the new National School Breakfast Programme, in over 1,770 schools in disadvantaged areas of England.


The Department for Education’s National School Breakfast Programme is being delivered by Magic Breakfast and Family Action, who are recruiting schools now which either have no existing breakfast provision, or breakfast provision where there is scope for improvement (according to specific criteria).


Most schools that sign up to the National School Breakfast Programme will receive as much free, healthy breakfast food, delivered straight to the door, as is needed to feed every child at risk of hunger in those schools. In addition to resources and best practice events, a dedicated member of the NSBP team will be available to support each school and a £500 start-up grant will be available to buy necessary equipment such as toasters or a freezer.


Healthy school breakfasts benefit pupils by improving their concentration, behaviour, attendance, punctuality and educational attainment. Research funded by the Education Endowment Foundation found that Y2 pupils in schools providing a free, nutritious breakfast, boosted their reading, writing and maths by an average of 2 months’ progress per year, compared to pupils in schools with no such breakfast provision.


Schools can find out if they are eligible for support from the National School Breakfast Programme by filling in an Expression of Interest form here and returning it to

Please spread the word to the schools in your area who you think would benefit from this exciting opportunity to ensure their pupils get a healthy start to their day.


For more information visit

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International Nurses Day - Building Resilience - Recognising the 1001 Days of Adolescence - Blog by Wendy Nicholson

Cherylynn Wray - Monday, July 23, 2018 -

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Healthy Child Programme 0-19 HV and SN Commissioning

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Training Nutrition for School Nurses Provided from March – Burdett Trust for Nursing

Cherylynn Wray - Wednesday, January 24, 2018 -   Read More

School Nurse Week - 10-14 July 2017

Cherylynn Wray - Wednesday, June 28, 2017 -

Are you getting ready to play your part in school nurse week? Every school nurse, members and their colleagues, need to focus your energies outside of your workplace and talk and demonstrate to other people and organisations what is vital about the service we offer. School nurses frequently lament that ‘no one understands what we do’; so now is your chance to tell them. You need to explain the contribution of the modern school nurse to the health and welfare of children and young people, and why this is achievable within a school environment and beyond. It is not apparent to many of the decision makers that school nurses are trained in particular skills which make them ideal to bridge the gap between education, health and home to deliver improved health outcomes. We need to make other groups and organisations realise that school nurses are integral to the multi-disciplinary team and that you should be employed in numbers that allow for the work to take place. You will want to talk to: teachers, parents, school governors, GPs, social workers, voluntary and not for profit groups, local charities, the STP, Health Board and CCG, A&E staff, local authority lead councillors for health, all local Healthwatch and other scrutiny groups,MPs, church groups, social groups, local radio, local newspapers, etc. In particular, those who make local decisions about health services and those who hold the purse strings. Each day of the week will have a different theme so that you can target who to talk to and explain your role in this particular topic. There will be briefings available on the CPHVA website to help you make your case.

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School Nursing Young People's Nutritional Health Champion Training

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, February 14, 2017 -

Launch of New School Nursing Champion Training

Do you want be a School nurse champion in young people’s nutritional health?


Then this one day training is for you. It will give you the knowledge, tools and confidence to train your school nursing workforce and lead this important area of public health practice

When: 22nd March 2017, 9.00 – 4. 30 pm

Where: Wakefield Town Hall (“The Old Court Room”) Wood Street, Wakefield WF1 2HQ

(Refreshments provided)


Key topics include: Nutritional information for young people; feedback from the evidence base what works; assessment; management and referral of young people, tools to support practice.


This is on a first come basis - to register your interest to attend please email

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Role of School Nurses in Safeguarding

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, January 31, 2017 -

The role of the school nurse in safeguarding children and young people: a survey of current practice


Research is being undertaken to investigate the contribution of school nurses to the safeguarding of children and young people and their families.

Please encourage School Nurses to complete this survey and contribute towards the study:    Read More

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