We are a specialist public health team who work with children and young people aged 5-19 years and their families. We offer support, advice and signposting on a range of health and wellbeing topics and work with schools to improve and support children and young people’s health.
The following support is still available:
- Health needs assessments, advice and signposting via email, telephone and video support.
- The Chat Health texting service on 07520 618850. Young people aged 11-19 can use our confidential texting service to talk to a nurse (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm).
- Our emotional wellbeing service will continue to offer signposting to helpful resources and self-guided help as a first step. Anyone needing additional support will be offered counselling and guidance on the phone.
- Safeguarding support to promote the safety of children, young people and their families.
- Support to complete the Resilience Toolkit to make an impact on the healthy emotional growth and resilience of the young people in your school.
You can contact the team on:
Phone - 0300 123 4496
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Online referral - www.kentcht.nhs.uk/forms/school-health-service-referral-form/)
The following activities have been suspended until schools reopen:
- Face-to-face health needs assessments, advice and signposting including the delivery of The Lancaster Model.
- The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP).
- Year R hearing and vision screening.
- Training for school staff on the safe management of health conditions that include anaphylaxis , epilepsy and the use of epi pens.
We will continue to support young people, but this will be done overthe phone or by video link rather than face-to-face. We can give support and guidance for:
- Behavioural management
- Emotional health and wellbeing
- Daytime and night time wetting and soiling
- Healthy eating
- Healthy lifestyle
- Sleep problems
- Quitting smoking
- Drug and alcohol misuse
- Sexual health
- Puberty and growing up
The School Health team has created some FAQs for parents.
We are all working in a situation which feels strange, new and entirely unlike anything we have experienced before. This is also true for families, young people and children who may be struggling to adjust to a lot of changes. Schools and communities have a huge opportunity to make an impact on the healthy emotional growth and resilience of the young people that they work with. The Resilience Toolkit will give you the tools and resources to help you become a resilient school.
A resilient school is one that adopts a whole-school approach to emotional health and wellbeing. It is a school or setting that helps children feel included, learn and succeed by providing opportunities for them, and the adults around them, to develop the strengths and coping skills that underpin resilience.
Please see kentresiliencehub.org.uk/schools-and-communities/ for more information.
Find out how the Kent School Health team can support you.
The toolkit has different resources to help and support your school to adopt a Whole School Approach and achieve the Resilient and Emotional Health Award. Once you register, we will keep in touch with you and see if you need any support or guidance.
The timeframe for completing the Resilient and Emotional Health Award is flexible, and we will continue to work with schools to complete this piece of work at their own pace.
Schools which have successfully implemented an action plan that covers the criteria set in the Kent School Award for Resilience and Emotional Wellbeing can apply to receive the Quality Mark.
During this period of time where schools are operating in a different format, it may be that your school wants to sign up and register for the free School Resilience Toolkit.
All of the relevant resources are available at www.kentresiliencehub.org.uk.
We can offer support with assessing, planning and implementing the toolkit.