Every child matters, but what matters to them? using teenagers' views to shape health services

Wicke, Dorothy, Coppin, Richard, Doorbar, Pat and Le May, Andrée (2007) Every child matters, but what matters to them? using teenagers' views to shape health services. Journal of Children's and Young People's Nursing, 01, (03), 129-136.


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UK policy explicitly values children’s health, safety, achievement,
contribution and economic wellbeing and emphasizes the need to
ensure that ‘every child matters’ when services are designed and
implemented (Department for Education and Skills, 2003). In order
to find out how a new, school-based, ‘confidential health service’
might best address their needs we consulted 106 teenage pupils
from two comprehensive secondary schools each providing education
for children/young people from 11–16 years, and a pupil referral
unit (PRU). The PRU provided education to a more disadvantaged
group of students excluded, for both academic and behavioural
reasons, from main-stream school. The study design incorporated
individual and group exercises and discussion. Qualitative data were
generated and analysed thematically. Results were compared with
241 responses from a concurrent questionnaire survey, of similar
content, of all pupils in one of the schools.
The results suggest that the establishment of a confidential
school-based health service is feasible and would be supported by
its intended users. Its priority should be the provision of advice
and support, rather than ‘treatments’, and its success would be
dependent on a continuing guarantee of confidentiality in its
dealings with pupils. The service worker would not necessarily
require formal qualifications but should demonstrate strong listening
and counselling skills.
The extent to which young people were happy to participate in
this project not only suggests the appropriateness of the methods
used, but also that the pupils would be able and willing to continue
to shape and support the new service. Three teenagers with recent
school experience guided the research planning team to ensure a fit
between the design of the study and the realities of fieldwork.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1753-1594 (print)
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Keywords: teenagers’ views, school health services, adolescents, survey, united kingdom
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Superseded (SONM) > Superseded (HSR)
ePrint ID: 64594
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
July 2007Published
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2009
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:49
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/64594

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