School health services

Children

The Trust provides a comprehensive school health service for children and young people in the borough of Lewisham. In Greenwich, school health services are provided by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.

 

The school health service works with children and young people aged 5 to 19 both in school and out of school. The service is led by community public health nurses, who work alongside parents, families and other healthcare professionals to promote health and wellbeing. The service provides confidential advice and guidance on a range of issues including safeguarding children, immunisations, nutrition, exercise and healthy living.

 

Screening service

All children starting school (aged four to five) receive vision and hearing tests from the school health service. They are weighed and measured under the National Childhood Measurement Programme in reception and again in Year 6 (aged 10-11).

The school health nurse will review any children at school entry with health needs and create a care plan with parents to be shared with school staff.

 

Safeguarding service

The safeguarding team works with vulnerable children between the ages of 5-19. They carry out child protection health reviews for all children on child protection plans and lead on the health aspects of child protection. They follow up any child who is referred to children’s social care by our emergency department, and carry out health reviews for looked after children. They also work with schools to support children and young people whose school attendance is affected by a safeguarding or child protection health concern.

 

Immunisation service

The immunisation team administers the flu vaccine for children in primary school, the human papilloma virus vaccine (HPV) for girls in year 8 (or 13 years and above), and the Meningitis ACWY and teenage booster (DTP) vaccine for pupils in year 9.

 

Weight management programme

Move more, eat well and feel good.

Xplore is a healthy lifestyle programme for children, young people and their families. It helps kids become fitter, healthier and more active. It takes place once a week for 8 weeks at leisure centres across the borough. Join now to find out more about:
  • Moving more
  • Eating well
  • Feeling good
Spaces are limited. If your child is between the ages of 4 and 17 and you think they are over a healthy weight or for more information contact GLL at: xplore.greenwich@gll.org or by telephone on 0208 317 5010 (Option 5)