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P59 A qualitative study exploring school nurses’ experiences of safeguarding adolescence
  1. N Littler
  1. Nursing, Health and Professional Practice, University of Cumbria, Lancaster, UK


Aims To explore school nurses’ experiences of safeguarding adolescence.

Methods A qualitative phenomenological study was undertaken with participants recruited from five NHS trusts across England, involving semi-structured telephone interviews, which were analysed and managed with the ATLASti software using a grounded theory approach.

Results Four categories were identified in the study, one was related to education, and three were related to the school nursing role these being; targeted interventions, encountering increased numbers of safeguarding risks such as child sexual exploitation and mental health in practice, and identifying safeguarding supervision and teamwork, as key factors of support, within their role.

Conclusion This study has provided an insight into the school nurses’ role in safeguarding adolescence; however, further research still needs to be undertaken on this multifaceted area of practice.

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