Welcome to the
School Health Needs Assessment (SHNA)

We are always trying to improve the ways we support children and young people. To help us do this better we have developed a different way to understand more about the health and well-being needs of school age children, young people and their families.

It’s called the School Health Needs Assessment and we use it to bring together information from children, families, schools, public health and other places. Working in this way helps us to identify more individual children and young people who need support and it also helps us to respond better to their health and well-being needs as a group too.

School nursing teams lead the SHNA in all primary and secondary schools, with help from the schools, children and families. It is repeated every year, focusing on children and parents in Reception and Year 6, and young people in Year 9.

Since we started working like this in 2011 many thousands of children and families have received extra help or support and many improvements have been made in services for school age children. Every year over 30,000 children and families and 500 schools across Lancashire are involved.

If you would like to know more about SHNA and you are a child or young person, a parent, or a health professional please follow the links for more information.

 

School Health Needs Assessment (SHNA)
Information for Parents

Every year over 30,000 children and families across Lancashire are involved in the School Health Needs Assessment (SHNA). We believe that children have a right to participate and influence what their health services should look like; their participation in SHNA makes this possible and makes a real difference. Children tell us that they like being involved and having their views valued.

We work with schools to collect information and opinions from children and families. There are questionnaires designed for parents and also for children to complete in class. This important information helps us improve the support we provide, not only for individuals but for all children. It also leads to better decisions about how we deliver services for children and families in your area.

The questionnaires ask parents, children and young people about their health, their emotions, their lifestyle, and whether they would like any support. Completed questionnaires are protected in the same way as all health information and are stored confidentially in the child's health records. 

Since we started working like this in 2011 many children and families have received help or support and many improvements have been made in services.

If you would like to see the questionnaires please see the documents below:

 

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