School Health (Kent)

We are a team of school nurses and practitioners who work with children, young people and families in Kent. You do not have to be in school to use this service.

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Welcome to school health in Kent. We support children and young people aged four to nineteen, including those who do not attend school.

A healthy childhood and adolescence is one of the key foundations for a healthy life.

Our team works with schools, parents and carers as well as other professionals like health visitors or community paediatricians to prevent ill health in children, families and the wider community, support safeguarding of children and young people and address any health needs to make sure every child reaches their potential.

Contact us

There are lots of ways to get in touch with the school health team:

For young people:

Call: 0300 123 4496 to speak confidentially to a member of the single point of access (SPA) team.

ChatHealth Text:  07520 618850 young people aged 11-19 can use our confidential and anonymous texting service to have direct access to a nurse (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

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Check out young people's website Kent Youth Health.

If you are aged between 10-19 you can also find lots of help for your emotional wellbeing at Moodspark.

For parents/carers:

Call: 0300 123 4496 to speak confidentially to a member of the single point of access (SPA) team.

Complete an online referral form.

What we do

Your comments

June 2020
Ashford

The relationship with my daughter is so much better. The house is now calm. I am really happy with the support that has been offered. It has made so much difference. Non judgemental support has enable me to access support for myself and has allowed me to move forward.

May 2020
Ashford

The nurse listened to me and helped me with my daughter's behaviour, emotional health and bed wetting.

May 2020
Maidstone

I felt that the nurse listened to me, gave me advice, support specific to my son and our families need, was not judgemental, allowed me to consider her strategies, choose what we thought would work and as soon as I got off the phone I felt empowered to change. As soon as I changed, my partner changed too and then in turn my son changed as well and we have not looked back.

February 2020
Canterbury

Very good experience of this service. The nurse helped me and made me answer things I'm afraid to say.

January 2020
Thanet

I feel safe with the nurse because I know my information is in good hands. (Aged 4-11)

January 2020
Swanley & Sevenoaks

(Staff name) has been seeing my son at school and has been very supportive to him and myself. She is always on the phone if we need her.

January 2020
Swale

Approachable, personable service, friendly and relaxing environment to talk openly.

January 2020
Swanley & Sevenoaks

As I feel as if it really helped to speak to someone espesially considering I didn't want to go at first but now I feel like it was the best thing. (Aged 11-18)

January 2020
Swale

They were nice to us and made us laugh. (Aged 4-11)

January 2020
Dartford & Gravesend

Knowledgeable and caring, personality.

December 2019
Dartford and Gravesend

My behaviour has got better since I had my first meeting.

December 2019
Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford

Very friendly and helpful staff. Easy to talk to and non judgemental.

December 2019
Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford

Efficient, approachable, informative and caring approach to my referral.

December 2019
Dartford and Gravesend

The service was helpful, allowed me to get things off my chest and was reliable. I felt comfortable using the service.

December 2019
Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford

The nurse gave a very good explanation about the service

July 2019
Canterbury

Really helpful and useful advice. Felt supported and listened to.

July 2019
Swale

Very polite and helpful. The nurse gave me full explanations and was able to reassure me. (Age 12-18)

July 2019
Swanley & Sevenoaks

They are very kind and easy to talk to. (Age 11-19)

July 2019
Swanley & Sevenoaks

I feel as if it really helped to speak to someone especially considering I didn't want to so at first but now I feel like it was the best thing. (Age 11-18)

July 2019
Ashford

She is kind and friendly and helpful. (Age 4-11)

July 2019
Canterbury

Found service very useful, easy to use and quick, gave very good advice which was understandable and relevent as well as written info.

June 2019
Ashford

Fantastic advice, cleared up my confusions, helped greatly. I now know where I am at and where to go and in the future. Calls were made - to help clear confusions.

June 2019
Maidstone

Teally helped our family situation. Referred on to the relevant services, gave holistic response to our needs.

June 2019
Thanet

Yhey are good listeners and care for your health and safety.

June 2019
Swale

It was highly supportive.

June 2019
Swanley and Sevenoaks

Good advice, approachable.

February 2019
Swale

The nurse was friendly and welcoming it makes you feel you can trust her. (Age 11-18)

February 2019
Dover

I was given the encouragement to try what I felt was impossible and I am grateful for the positivity given by the nurse. (Age 4-11)

February 2019
Swale

I am thankful for them listening to me and understanding why I am concerned. (Age 4-11)

February 2019
Swale

I think that the referral was acted up quickly and we were listened to.

February 2019
Canterbury

Very informative and patient with me. Kind and helpful. (Age 11-18)

January 2019
Thanet

Helped me to understand things better and it improved out my happiness greatly. (Age 11-18)

January 2019
Canterbury

The response was prompt and very understanding of my childs needs. thankyou very much for your help. (Parent/Carer)

January 2019
Outreach

[Staff member] was very helpful and gave me and my daughter all sorts of resources to enable us to move forward and help my daughter get through her anxieties.

January 2019
Ashford

I found chatting through the issues and brainstorming a plan forward with someone with experiences in this area very helpful.

January 2019
Swale

You can talk to them about stuff that isn't going so well and they are really understanding. (Age 11-18)

June 2018
Thanet

Highly recommended.

June 2018
Tonbridge and Malling

She is easy to talk to. Having these sessions have really helped me and I feel like I am able to open up more to people.

June 2018
Outreach

Very helpful information. Supportive. We were given lots of useful coping strategies. Gave my daughter lots of help with confidence building.

June 2018
Swale

Nurse polite and easy to talk to, gives good advice and good support, can talk about anything. (Aged 11-18)

June 2018
Canterbury

The nurse was very nice, helpful and approachable.

May 2018
Dartford and Gravesend

She listens and understands what I have to say. (Aged 11-18)

May 2018
Maidstone

Very engaging, empathetic.

May 2018
Ashford

She made me feel calm and express my self and I appreciate her time and help and advice. (Aged 4-11)

May 2018
Ashford

The nurse was very friendly and put me at ease as I was nervous talking about my families difficulties.

May 2018
Thanet

Contacted very quickly and the advice and support was just what we needed.

April 2018
Swanley and Sevenoaks

Helpful and my son is more confident in managing his condition. As a mum l thought nurse so kind and understanding.

April 2018
Canterbury

The service appears open and friendly, with useful advice available. (Aged 11-18)

April 2018
Dartford and Gravesham

Extremely helpful and given good advice and reassurance.

April 2018
Tonbridge and Malling

The nurse was very nice and I felt comfortable. (Aged 4-11)

March 2018
Tonbridge and Malling

It's helped me talk about how I feel. (Aged 11-18)

March 2018
Canterbury

Nurse patient and very nice and offers good advice.

March 2018
Outreach

I found the support extremely helpful. (Aged 11-18)

March 2018
Swale

This has been really good. You are the only person who has helped me, and reassured me that this might get better.

March 2018
Swale

It has been helping me and keeping me more positive and hopeful. (Aged 11-18)

March 2018
Tonbridge and Malling

Very easy to talk to and extremely helpful.

February 2018
Gravesend

The advice and help they give really have an impact on how I'm feeling, and help me in the long run. (Aged 11-18)

February 2018
Canterbury

Really happy with the advise and time spent explaining all the our issues.

February 2018
Gravesend

The nurse was extremely helpful, with some very good advice. Made me feel at ease.

January 2018
Swale

They are extremely helpful and understanding. They make you feel comfortable and open which helps you a lot because you don't feel worried or scared about anything. (Aged 11-18)

January 2018
Swaley & Sevenoaks

Really kind lady.

December 2016
Tunbridge Wells

This is a brilliant service. Great to be seen in school, so easy for me as I have work now and Margaret saw us first thing. Thanks.

December 2016
Sevenoaks

The nurse was so helpful. I phoned for some advice and she came to see me a week later. Such as fanastic service.

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