School nurse paperwork eating into vital time spent with children

School nurse paperwork eating into vital time spent with children

The vital role of the country’s diminishing number of school nurses is further threatened by bureaucracy, the Children’s Commissioner for England has warned. A survey by the children’s commissioner, Anne Longfield, found school nurses spent twice as much time on paperwork than on direct work with children in schools, which could be reducing their ability…

Children's services budget

Most of children’s services budgets spent on poverty-related problems

Responding to poverty-related problems accounts for almost 60% of council spending from children’s services budget in England, research has found. The report by the Joseph Rowntree foundation estimated children’s services departments spent £4.5 billion a year addressing issues caused by poverty – around 58% of total council expenditure on these services. Researchers estimated that 26%…