Dip in school nurse numbers ‘puts children at risk’ of sexual abuse

The TES is reporting that there has been a 14% drop in the number of school nurses since 2010, which could be putting vulnerable children at risk, leading nurses have warned.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said that school nurses play a “key role” in delivering essential sex and relationships education (SRE) and safeguarding children against sexual exploitation and abuse.

Fiona Smith, the RCN’s professional lead for children and young people’s nursing, said: “At a time when children are facing unprecedented exposure to influences like pornography and sexualised advertising, it has never been so important to equip them with a solid understanding of healthy relationships.

“Child sexual exploitation and assault are also on the rise and it’s clear that many children are at serious risk.”

“School nurses are there for all children and young people, providing support, encouraging healthy lifestyles and protecting those who are most vulnerable.”

“They have the training and expertise to really drive forward effective SRE in schools. However, with numbers dropping all the time, school nurses simply don’t have the capacity to follow this through.”

“The government should be prioritising this expertise – not cutting the roles when we need them most.”

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  1. School nurses likely to be seen as low priority especially now a child’s A&E department in the Midlands has just been closed because of lack of staff and news this morning that NHS must make more ‘efficiency savings’.

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