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Innovation in local government is about improving the lives of the people in our communities. Browse through our case studies to see the many innovative programmes councils are involved in.

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Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council: Theatre Tracks - a project for cared for children in Tameside

Theatre Tracks is an innovative dance and drama project focusing on community safety themes which supports cared for children in Tameside.

Derby - Supporting children from asylum seeker families

A dedicated team has been set up in Derby to support children from asylum-seeking families. It is part of the 0-19 Derby Integrated Family Health Service and involves two public health nurses dually qualified as health visitors and school nurses, a family health practitioner and child practitioner. This case study showcases the important role of school nurses in the education system and includes case studies from across the country focussed on how they provide an invaluable role to children.

Stockport - The benefits of school nurses offering immunisations

In many areas school-based immunisation programmes are run separately from 5-19 Healthy Child Programme services, but that is not the case in Stockport where the HPV, the teenage three-in-one booster and MenACWY vaccines programmes are delivered by the service. The approach has helped ensure high uptake of immunisations and meant the service was well placed to respond to the demands placed on it by the pandemic. This case study showcases the important role of school nurses in the education system.

Walsall - Addressing emotional and mental health problems

Helping children and young people enjoy good emotional health and wellbeing and develop resilience is really important to their overall health and development. Walsall's school nursing service - delivered by school nurses employed by Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust – provides a wide range of support to children and parents through a programme of group sessions, courses and webinars. This case study showcases the important role of school nurses in the education system.

Derbyshire - Supporting LGBT+ pupils

Derbyshire’s school nursing service has invested in extra training for its team to help them better support LGBT+ pupils. The project has equipped school nurses with the skills and confidence to address the issues these pupils face, helping improve their mental health in the process. This case study showcases the important role of school nurses in the education system.

Leeds - Identifying and supporting young carers

Being a young carer can significantly affect a pupil’s education and mental health with little time to do homework, coursework or socialise with friends. In Leeds routine screening of pupils has begun to identify those who have caring responsibilities and to support them a dedicated pathway has been established to improve links between school nurses and other services. This case study showcases the important role of school nurses in the education system.

Northumberland and North Tyneside - Supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities

A dedicated school nursing service has been set up in Northumberland and North Tyneside to support SEND schools. The team provides on-site nursing provision to seven schools across the area to pupils with specialist health needs. This case study showcases the important role of school nurses in the education system.

Warwickshire - Encouraging healthy lifestyle

Warwickshire has a school health and wellbeing service which incorporates school nurses and a healthy lifestyle team. Between them they take a holistic approach to supporting children and their families to eat healthily and exercising regularly. This case study showcases the important role of school nurses in the education system.

Northamptonshire - Making sure home educated pupils get support

Northamptonshire’s countywide school nursing service has set up a dedicated pathway to ensure home educated children do not fall through the gaps. All electively home educated pupils are contacted by the service – with those identified as most in needed offered appointments. This case study showcases the important role of school nurses in the education system.

Rutland: Resurrecting an Early Years and Childcare Strategy

This case study describes the process of resurrecting the Early Years and Childcare Strategy in Rutland.  The process was supported by the LGA (funded by the DFE), and it engaged a total of 12 LAs in a process to support the best coordination of services, legal compliance and improved outcomes for children and families.