Michael Fanner, in the Faculty of Education & Health, was approached by the Department of Health to advise on the national ‘School Nurse Programme’ pathway, which clarifies the role of the school nursing service regarding assessment and therapeutic working with young victims of sexual exploitation.
A registered health visitor who specialises in safeguarding children and young people in community practice, Michael teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate courses within the Faculty, including the BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing, BSc (Hons) Nursing (all branches) and BA and MA Social Work programmes.
“Sexual exploitation of children and young people is a difficult area of clinical practice and requires a great deal of sensitivity; there are still taboos and uncertainty in responding to this issue. Although there has been media coverage with gang-based exploitation, the problem is more diverse and complex than the media portray,” says Michael, who is also studying for a PhD focussing on young people involved in sex work. “It’s been a privilege to get involved in national policy-making to improve the future of children and young people.”
Betsy Allen, the Professional Lead for School Nursing in the NHS, explains: “School nurses may be the first people that young people who are at risk of sexual exploitation have contact with. Michael’s support and advice on this have been invaluable.”
The pathway School Nurse Programme: Supporting implementation of the new service offer: Supporting the health and wellbeing of children who are at risk of, or are victims of sexual exploitation, was launched in March this year.
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Picture: Michael Fanner.