Children and young people's occupational therapy service
secondary twelve to nineteen home

Secondary 12 to 19 years

Age: 12-19

School: Year 7 – Year 13

Key Stages: 3 and 4

As your child becomes a teenager and moves up to secondary school they will be encouraged to take more responsibility for their health and personal development.

At secondary school, children will receive personal, social and health education (PSHE). School nurses are often invited to speak and meet with young people to help them grow in independence and learn how to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Many schools have a weekly drop-in session with school nurses or other health and care professionals where young people can get information and advice in confidence.

In year 9 your child will be offered diphtheria, tetanus and polio booster and Meningococcal groups ACWY. There will also be an opportunity for your child to receive the Measles,Mumps and Rubella vaccine (MMR) if they have not already received two combined doses. Please see the DTP school list  for dates when the immunisation team will be in your child's school.

In year 8, girls are offered HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccination to protect against cervical cancer.

Click here to watch a video: Keeping your child safe - HPV vaccine for girls in year 8

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust is aware that emails, questioning the safety and effectiveness of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine have been circulated to some local authorities and secondary schools.  Please see the attached letter for further information.

Click here to watch a video: Keeping your child safe - teenage booster vaccines

In year 9 all children will be offered to have the chance to complete a confidential online health assessment (HAPI). The password can be obtained from the school or from your School Nurse. This is completely confidential and the details are not shared outside the NHS School Nursing Service. The questionnaires can be completed in school or as homework. this is at the school's discretion. If completed in school the School Nursing Team will be there to support the pupils and answer their questions. They will do their utmost to be discreet and maintain strict confidentiality. The School Nurse will then review each questionnaire and will either invite the pupil to a drop-in for some 1:1 advice or support the school to deliver a needs based health promotion activity or specific PSHE sessions. The combined anonymous data is shared with the school and Bucks County Council to help in the delivering of services in the future. For more information click here. If you have any further questions please contact your School Nursing Team.