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School nurses help young people through puberty with film

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School nurses in Doncaster have worked with young people to create a short film to explain the changes that occur during puberty.

The project, by the Doncaster School Nursing team, was the brainchild of specialist community public health nurse Anne Mulligan, who was keen to revamp “dated” educational resources.

“I noticed both locally and nationally that the resources on this subject were dated”

Anne Mulligan

Highlighting the need for the project, Ms Mulligan noted that, as “part of our role as school nurses, we give puberty awareness education sessions to children in Years 5 and 6”.

“I noticed both locally and nationally that the resources on this subject were dated and not engaging enough for today’s school kids and I wanted to do something about it,” she said.

The school nursing team, who work for Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, went on to enlist the help of schoolchildren to help research and develop a short film and workbook.

The film – titled Puberty, Changes to your amazing body – was filmed at Norton Junior School where pupils helped shape the content.

Ms Mulligan, who said making an educational video had been a long-held ambition, worked on the script and chose the cast.

She was able to drawn on the acting talent of colleagues’ children and her own daughter Libby Mulligan and boyfriend Philip Walker who are both actors.

The film, which is due to be premiered next week, and accompanying book were made by the trust’s video and graphic design team.

Ms Mulligan said she was grateful to everyone who had helped turn her vision into a reality and was looking forward to the red carpet premiere. “It’s set to be a great event,” she said.


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