Health Services in Schools

HSIS message about ongoing support during the coronavirus emergency

Over the past 10 years Health Services In Schools (HSIS) youth workers have offered a regular weekly confidential ‘drop-in’ service in your school.

Under the current circumstances we are reassuring all our secondary-age young people that we are still here but in a different way.

Unlike the traditional setting we will be offering our support virtually. This can be provided through email: young people can email their youth worker direct to discuss their experiences at this very difficult time. Youth workers will respond when they are in their working hours (9–5pm).

There is also an opportunity via the use of Microsoft Teams to enable a face-to-face conversation. This can be arranged / agreed by the young person and their youth worker.

Ridgeway’s assigned youth worker is Joanne Seggie.

Health Services in Schools is a confidential drop-in service delivered in all Wirral secondary schools for young people. At Ridgeway, HSIS is on Monday lunchtimes. Students can speak with familiar staff. Key partners in this service are the School Nursing Service, Action for Children and Brook.

The aim of the service is to provide young people with information on all health-related matters — referred to as the service ‘core offer’.

These are:

  • emotional health and wellbeing
  • improving confidence and self-esteem
  • sexual health
  • relationships
  • drug and alcohol misuse
  • smoking cessation
  • healthy eating and lifestyle

The dedicated drop-in time gives young people the assurance that they can access health provision in school. The workers assess and refer appropriately to other specialist services. The main focus is education, prevention, reducing risk and promoting resilience with young people.

The HSIS youth workers have strong working relationships with external agencies, enabling a smooth transition for young people.