Healthy Child Programme: secondary school

Help for you and your child as they get older

The Healthy Child Programme promotes children's health and development by offering support and information to children and families in Haringey.

The section of the programme aimed at 5 to 19-year-olds is led by school nursing services from Whittington Health NHS Trust (external link), working in partnership with Haringey Council. 

If your child is still at primary school, find information and support here.

Vaccinations at secondary school 

Your child will receive 3 vaccinations at secondary school. These will be provided for free by Vaccination UK, which administers vaccinations in Haringey schools on behalf of NHS England. 

If your child has missed a previous vaccination or is absent on the day they're due to receive the vaccines below, please email to arrange a catch up.  

You can also contact your GP or health visitor to find out which vaccinations your child may have missed. The School Health Team can also provide information and advice. Email them at

Timings of vaccines in secondary school:

  • year 8: HPV vaccine. This helps protect against cancers caused by the human papillomavirus. The first dose will be administered in year 8 to both boys and girls. The second dose will be given 6 to 12 months after the first. It's important to have both doses to be fully protected. 
  • year 9: 3-in-1 teenage booster. This protects against diphtheria, polio and tetanus, and MenACWY to protect against meningitis. These will both be given as a single injection to all pupils.  

If you or your child have any questions about these vaccines, your school nurse will be able to help. Or check out the information on the NHS website (external link)

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Sexual health and relationships 

Young people may have questions about intimate relationships and reproductive health. If they feel comfortable, they can visit their GP with or without a parent. The GP will be able to offer some sexual health services, including testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV testing, free condoms and long acting contraception.

We also have a range of sexual health services for those under 25. These offer information and advice on:

  • keeping safe: condoms or contraception
  • urgent help: emergency contraception, HIV PEP or PrEP treatments to protect against HIV infection, pregnancy testing and support for people experiencing sexual assault or relationship abuse
  • sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • pregnancy and maternity services
  • sex and relationship advice
  • LGBT+ sexual health 
  • mental health 

Specific sexual health services for under 19s

There are 2 sexual health clinics in Haringey specifically for teens and young people, with a specialist drop-in for under 19s. There, they can be tested and treated for STIs, receive HIV testing, pick up free condoms and contraception and receive confidential sexual health advice.

Find them at:

  • Morum House Medical Centre - Bounds Green Road, Wood Green, N22 8HE.
    Under 19s walk-in service on Thursdays, 12-3pm.
    Call 020 3805 7300 to book an appointment.
  • Lordship Lane Health Centre - 239 Lordship Lane, Tottenham, N17 6AA.
    Under 19s walk-in on Tuesdays, 4-7pm.
    Call 020 3317 5252 to book an appointment. 

Safe Talk Nurse

This service is for young people under 19 who live or study in Haringey. It offers:

  • free, confidential and friendly advice
  • chlamydia screening
  • pregnancy testing
  • free condoms (part of the C-Card Scheme)

Your child can email the School Nursing team at

Healthy Living Pharmacies

If a young person doesn’t feel comfortable visiting a sexual health clinic or their GP, they can visit a Healthy Living Pharmacy for:

  • chlamydia & gonorrhea testing with results by text
  • chlamydia treatment
  • emergency hormonal contraception

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Free period products

Haringey council has teamed up with Tricky Period to provide free sanitary products for anyone that needs them. These can be collected from all libraries across Haringey. 
Period products such as pads and tampons will also be available for free in all state-maintained schools and 16 to 19 education organisations in England. 

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Keeping safe

Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG)

It’s important children and young people know what a healthy relationship is and recognise if they're in a relationship which is causing them or someone else harm. 

VAWG is considered to be any act of violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women. These include threats, being forced to do something or restrictions imposed on them by others. 

VAWG is a crime, and 1 in 3 women and girls are estimated to be affected by it. 

There are many different types of violence against women and girls, including: 

  • sexual violence, abuse and exploitation 
  • sexual harassment and bullying
  • stalking
  • trafficking
  • domestic violence and abuse
  • female genital mutilation
  • forced marriage
  • honour-based violence

Children and young people can speak to someone confidentially by contacting specialist organisation nia through its website (external link) or by phoning 0300 012 0213.

Or they can contact The National Domestic Violence Helpline (external link) to talk to someone on the phone. 

Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender, background, religion, sexuality or ethnicity. It can be emotional, sexual, physical or financial abuse.

There are signs which can help children or young people identify if they're being abused, especially if this abuse isn’t physical. The Hideout (external link) is a useful website which can help them identify if domestic abuse is happening to them or their family, and where to seek help if it is.   

Anyone in immediate danger should call the police on 999 straight away.

Online safety 

The online world can sometimes put children and young people at risk of harm and exploitation, especially those who are vulnerable. It's important your child knows how to stay safe online, and recognise if they're being groomed or coerced into doing something they aren’t comfortable with, such as sending nude images.

Staying safe in the community

Haringey is committed to tackling serious youth violence in the borough. 

Serious youth violence includes crime using a weapon, such as knife crime, but isn't limited to this. Most of this violence is associated with gangs, and in Haringey, there are several rival gangs. 

There are many consequences to serious youth violence. Those affected could be the victim, leading to mental health issues, further involvement in gangs or even death. They could be friends and family of the victim.

A significant proportion of people in gangs also have mental health issues, such as depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A large proportion of both victims and perpetrators have experienced violence and trauma in their childhoods.

Young people and vulnerable adults can easily be exploited or coerced by gangs to carry and sell drugs across borough or country boundaries. 

The NSPCC has information on grooming and recruitment into gangs (external site)

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Emotional health and wellbeing

Just like our physical health, our mental health can fluctuate on a daily basis, from feeling healthy to being unwell. Having good mental health as a child can help to increase the likelihood of having good mental health as an adult, enabling children to fulfil their potential.

Teenagers have many stressors in their lives which can impact their mental health. These include exams stress, problems at school or college, friendship and relationship issues. They may also experience personal anxieties related to their body. Having access to good mental health services can help alleviate these problems. 

Haringey has a range of online and face-to-face services to help children and young people.

  • Kooth (external site) is a free online counselling and emotional wellbeing support service for all 11 to 18-year-olds in Haringey. It can also help those aged up to 25 from specific groups, such as if they have special needs.
    The confidential and anonymous service is open from 12pm to 10pm weekdays, and from 6pm to 10pm on weekends. 
  • NHS Go (external site) is a free, confidential health advice and information app designed for young people by young people. Aimed at 16- to 24-year olds, it takes information directly from NHS.UK and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Good Thinking (external site) provides online mental wellbeing self-care for Londoners to support the most common mental health conditions: anxiety, low mood, sleeping difficulties and stress. 
  • Open Door (external site) is a free, confidential counselling and psychotherapy service for 12- to 24-year-olds living in Haringey.
    Telephone: 020 8348 5947.
  • CHOICES (external link) offers support to children and young people in Haringey up to 17-years-old, and their families, who are worried about their emotional wellbeing.
    The team offers advice on services and support in local areas including Wood Green, Tottenham, Hornsey and Finsbury Park.  
  • Young Minds (external site) offers advice on where to get urgent help and advice on their mental health for children and young people. 
  • MIND in Haringey (external site) can help young carers or those who have recently left care, to become self-sufficient. It provides programmes to help children and young people develop skills, build confidence and improve self-esteem. 

More information on mental health services offered in Haringey to children and young people

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Alcohol and substance misuse 

  • Insightful Families provides support to children, young people and families affected by alcohol dependence. It offers tailor-made support for those aged from 12 to 21 years and a range of free and confidential services. 
  • HAGA (external link) offers support to families in recovery from drugs and alcohol dependency. 

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Staying healthy 

Physical activity 

It’s important for children and young people to get at least 60 minutes of moderate intensity exercise a day. This should be a mix of exercises which get the heart rate up, and those which strengthen  muscles and bones. 

Examples of moderate intensity exercises are walking, riding a cycle, skateboarding, running, playing a sport such as tennis or basketball, weightlifting and aerobics.

If we start exercising on a regular basis at a young age, it will help  build muscle mass and strengthen  bones, reducing the risk of developing conditions such as osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes and stoke later in life. Regular exercise can also boost self-esteem, mood and sleep quality, as well as improving concentration. It has even been shown to improve academic results.

In Haringey, there are over 30 parks and open spaces, some of which have free gym equipment. There are also 4 leisure centres which offer a range of activities for young people

Healthy eating 

Growing bodies need to eat a variety of healthy food, including fruit, veggies and whole grains. Children and teenagers should drink water instead of sugary drinks like sports drinks or sodas.

Everyone needs enough calories to keep their bodies running well. Extreme low-fat diets can also be bad as we all need fat in our diet, so watch out if your child appears to be cutting back on important foods.

Eating breakfast helps jump start the metabolism, curb cravings for sweets throughout the day and provide energy. It can help your child focus better in school or at work, so encourage them to eat something with whole grains and protein, rather than a pop tart or sugary cereal.

More information on healthy eating and recipe ideas (external link).

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Page last updated:

July 5, 2021

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