Helping children and young people to enjoy safe, happy friendships and relationships, and understand how their bodies work is important to their overall health and development.
School Nurses have additional training in sexual health and wellbeing and can support schools to deliver good quality sexual health education. We have our own ‘SRE toolkit’ hosted on the EasySRE website. All schools can access this resource free of charge and our service can support schools to use the resources.
We can also offer advice and support to individual children and young people who have been referred to our service.
We offer a confidential, anonymous text service called ChatHealth. This is a messaging service for young people aged 11+ who can text a school nurse for advice on health matters. We can provide a range of information, sign post to other services or offer to see the young people for a health review if requested to do so.
Safety disclaimer Whilst this is a confidential text service we do have a duty to keep children safe. We might inform someone if we were concerned about a child or young person’s safety but we would usually speak to them first. Messages are stored and can be seen by other health care staff who follow the same confidentiality rules, We aim to reply to messages within one working day however an immediate message will be sent to confirm we have received the text. Texts will only be seen between 9am and 5pm. If help is needed before a child or young person hears back from us they are advised contact their GP, nearest walk in centre or dial 111. Our text number does not receive voice calls or MMS picture messages. We support messaging from UK mobile numbers only (which does not include messages sent from landlines, international mobile numbers and some ‘number masking’ mobile apps). To prevent the health professional from sending messages to you, text STOP to our number. Messages are charged at your usual rates.”
We offer a parent ChatHealth Line 07520 634 909. This is a messaging service for parents or carers who can text a school nurse for advice on health matters. We can provide a range of information, sign post to other services or offer to see the parent/carer and their child’s for a health review if requested to do so. The above safety disclaimer applies to the parent ChatHealth line
Other sources of advice:
- Walsall Integrated Sexual Health (WiSH) If you are concerned about any aspect of your sexual health, WiSH are there to provide a full range of free services to support and look after you. Clinics are based at Walsall Manor Hospital and in the town centre.
- Brook is a charity that provides lots of information for young people about sexual health and wellbeing
- NHS Choices offers lots of information about puberty and answers other questions about growing up.