Referral Criteria for Public Health Nursing Team (5-19 years)
School Health are a Public Health early intervention service that offers health promotion, advice and support around the following issues for school-aged children and young people including:
- Growth and Development (behaviour concerns, managing tasks in daily life e.g., dressing/washing.
- Healthy Lifestyles e.g., diet, sleep
- Emotional Well-being e.g., toileting, alcohol or drug misuse
- Friendships and relationships e.g., concerns around bullying, puberty, sexual health, gender identity, sexual orientation, Parenting strategies and support
- Keeping safe – social media concerns, friendship groups, domestic abuse concerns
- Our Parenting Support Workers can also offer parenting groups for parents who want to learn behaviour strategies and how their child and young person develops
For schools that do not have access to mental health provisions such as; WEST, Act On It or Blues Project the School Health Nursing Service will offer six sessions of 1:1 early mental health intervention via WRAPP (Wellbeing, Resilience and Positivity Programme) following a mental health assessment.
We do have resources that can be shared with Young People, families and schools.
The Public Health Nursing Team (5-19 years )is unable to accept referrals for the following:
- If concerns are about poor school attendance only, e.g. frequent absence for coughs, colds, etc., these children need to be directed to GP.
- If children/young people are already under the care of specialist health services and you need further information. This should be requested from the specialist service.
- If a referral to CAMHS or community paediatrician is required. This should be completed by whichever professional first identifies a concern - this could include the GP or school.
- School-based behaviour concerns need to be addressed by school following own procedures.
- Children with constipation need to access the GP.
- Safeguarding concerns should be directed to Children’s Social Care Family Front Door.
- Urgent mental health concerns must be directed to GP, Accident and Emergency, 111, or 999.
- If the child is currently accessing mental health support services, such as counselling, within school or outside school.
Support for parents, children and young people that can also offer support and information
- Parenting Support Groups on Starting Well Partnership Website
- ChatHealth, text 07507331750 - Health and well-being advice and support for young people, operated by the Worcestershire School Health Nurses
- Young People support on Starting Well Partnership website
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) (opens new window)
- CAMHS Reach4Wellbeing (opens new window) - Group interventions for children and young people with anxiety
- Paediatric Occupational Therapy (opens new window) - Sensory processing problems resources (An Advice Line (0756436633) is available on Wednesdays from 10am-3pm.
- ChildLine - Support for children and young people (opens new window) telephone: 08001111
- Young Minds (opens new window)
- Worcestershire Young Carers (YSS) (opens new window)
- Sexual Health Outreach (opens new window)
- ERIC - support and advice line for continence (opens new window)
How to refer into the School Health Nursing Service
Please use the referral form below, however please note:
- We accept electronic referrals from Schools, Parents, GPs and other professionals
- We can accept telephone contact from parents for initial advice or for further referral into the service through our 1 simple number: 01905 520032
- Young People can self refer via our ChatHealth confidential texting service (07507331750).
All referrals will be processed by our dedicated Access and Response Team and responses will be sent to the referrer received via email. Please ensure you add your contact email address to the referral form.