The role of the school nurse in child protection

Community Pract. 2013 Dec;86(12):26-9.


School nurses are the only health professionals with a remit specifically to address the health needs of school-aged children and young people in the U.K. However, evidence within one Scottish city suggests that the health needs of vulnerable school-aged children are not always identified or met by the school nurse. Using a qualitative approach, a purposive sample of six school nurses was selected to explore their perceptions of their role in child protection and to identify training needs. Data collection comprised semistructured interviews and the data were analysed thematically. The school nurses in this study perceived that there was confusion and lack of clarity in relation to their role and involvement in child protection. Report writing, child trafficking, and legal issues were identified as training needs.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Abuse / prevention & control*
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Narration
  • Nurse's Role*
  • School Nursing / education*
  • Scotland