Our School Nurse
As a result of Welsh Government funding every comprehensive school now has access to a nurse who works within their school and the primary schools that are linked to them.
You may already know that your child's named nurse is Ms Elaine Dockrell. She is a degree qualified Specialist Community Public Health Nurses working in the School Health Nursing Service of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.
As a service we are based in the community but regularly visit our schools for everything from helping teachers to provide health education to delivering the vaccinations offered to girls in year 8 and all pupils in year 10.
Our role is to help ensure that children and young people are aware of the issues that affect their health and have the knowledge they need to make informed choices that will hopefully result in a long and healthy life. One way of doing this is by being available to allow them to talk to the nurse in an informal, but private setting that we call 'drop in' sessions. Children and young people attending can ask any questions they may have, the nurse will answer them honestly and advise them where they can get more advice, help and support with any problems and concerns they may have if necessary.
Children and young people do of course have the right to talk to someone confidentially, but please be assured that if a child tells us anything that causes us to be concerned about their behaviour and safety, or the safety of others, we will break this confidentiality to protect all involved. We will not however discuss what the child or young person has discussed with us with anyone else unless there is very good reason for doing so.
Although your child does not need to have your permission to call into a drop in session we believe it is very important that you know about these sessions because our advice to a pupil may be that they need to speak to their parents about what is worrying them. We will be there to help them with this if they need it, we know that usually no one can replace parents in making a child feel safe and secure but sometimes they may need a bit of moral support in approaching a subject.
The only things we will hand out in drop in sessions are appropriate leaflets on a child's health if it supports the information the nurse is discussing with them. We will not routinely discuss with teachers who has come to see us or why, but will share information if it is in the child's best interests.
The drop in sessions will take place at lunchtime and the day, time and venue will be advertised in the school daily bulletin (also on this website).
SchoolBeat.org is a bilingual site from the All-Wales School Liaison Core Programme, providing information and resources for teachers, pupils and parents to follow up on the lessons provided to primary and secondary school children by our School Community Police Officers.
The website focuses on the three main themes of the Programme: drug and substance misuse, social behaviour and community and personal safety.