Teenage girls in abusive relationships.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Teenage girls (Care and treatment)
Sexually abused teenagers (Care and treatment)
School nursing (Services)
Health promotion (Planning)
School-based health clinics (Services)
Social service (Planning)
Pub Date: 10/01/2009
Publication: Name: Community Practitioner Publisher: Ten Alps Publishing Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 Ten Alps Publishing ISSN: 1462-2815
Issue: Date: Oct, 2009 Source Volume: 82 Source Issue: 10
Topic: Event Code: 360 Services information; 220 Strategy & planning Computer Subject: Company business planning
Product: Product Code: 9105130 Social Service Support Programs NAICS Code: 92313 Administration of Human Resource Programs (except Education, Public Health, and Veterans' Affairs Programs)
Organization: Organization: National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children; National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United Kingdom Geographic Code: 4EUUK United Kingdom
Accession Number: 209163248
Full Text: The NSPCC has found that one-third of teenage girls in relationships suffer from sexual abuse and one-quarter from physical violence, but school nurses may find it difficult to deal with the issue as their time is taken up elsewhere.

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Unite/CPHVA professional officer Ros Godson stated: 'Primary care trusts have reduced school nurses' work to child protection and immunisations. Consequently, school nurses are not holding drop-in clinics for teenagers where they can access this type of help.'

She added: 'More needs to be done in personal, social and health education, but there is a time limit on these lessons. These issues can also be explored during other lessons such as English, drama and religious education.'

The NSPCC recommended raising awareness of the harm caused by physical and sexual abuse in schools, school peer support programmes to provide support to those suffering from such abuse, and that healthcare professionals working on child protection cases should check the safety of young people in intimate relationships.
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