Health information

Mental health and emotional wellbeing

Free, safe and anonymous online support - an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop. Young Devon provides face to face counselling support and can be accessed directly by young people aged 11-18 years. School Nurses can provide support re mental health and wellbeing CAMHS services provide more specialist support

Vaccinations for home educated children

The following immunisations are available to school aged children in the Devon area: • Influenza Nasal spray – given to primary school aged children aged 4-11 years October – December • Human Papilloma Virus Vaccination (HPV) - given to girls and boys aged 12-13 years (first dose) and 13-14 years (second dose)  • Tetanus, Diphtheria & Polio combined – given to boys and girls aged 13 -14 years • Meningitis ACWY vaccination, also given to boys and girls aged 13 - 14 years These vaccinations are routinely offered as part of the national Childhood Immunisation Programme in school. If your child does not attend a school these vaccinations are still available and can be obtained by booking an appointment at one of the community clinics located in Exeter, Honiton, Paignton, Newton Abbot, Plymouth and Barnstaple. If you would like to book an appointment or obtain further information please contact the immunisations team on 0300 247 0082 who will be able to arrange this for you. Alternatively, your GP practice will also be able to advise you.

October 2020 

The Devon Immunisation Team are now starting the nasal Flu vaccination programme in schools and community clinics for the 2020-21 Flu season. Children from Reception age – Year 7 are eligible (Dates of Birth: 01.09.2015 – 31.08.2009). They would like to invite parents and carers of children not presently in a school setting or those that are home tutored, to access the nasal flu vaccination via community clinics.

All the relevant information about the Flu vaccination programme can be found on the consent website by clicking on the secure link below.

If you would like your child to be seen, please complete an electronic consent form by clicking here. To book an appointment, or to access help completing the consent form, please telephone: 0300 247 0082.


Accessing health information and support

Devon Public Health Nursing Service (School Nursing and Health Visiting): The service is available to anyone living in Devon as well as those children attending a Local Authority maintained educational setting. Find out more and how to contact us via: Young people aged 11-19 can text a School Nurse for confidential advice and support. Text 07520 631722 for advice on things like relationships, bullying, mental health, self-harm, drugs/alcohol.

Children and Family Health Devon

Specialist health services (including Learning Disability Team, Speech and Language Therapy, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Occupational Therapy, Community Children’s Nursing Service, Autism Spectrum Assessment Service, Specialist Children’s Assessment Centres, Specialist School Nurses, Children in Care Service, Palliative Care Service, and Devon’s Family Information Service for Children with Additional Needs) and referral forms: One Capital Court | Bittern Road | Sowton Industrial Estate | EXETER | EX2 7FW Telephone: 03300 245 321 Email:

Routine Health Checks

Please remember it is usually recommended that your child has a check up at the opticians every 1-2 years and every 6 months at the dentist. If you do not have an NHS dentist and are having problems finding one then please contact 0333 006 3300. If your child is asthmatic they should also have an annual review with the Practice Nurse at your GP surgery.

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