This isn’t a new story; it just keeps keeps cropping up again and again. A survey by The Daily Telegraph has found that school nurses have given contraceptive “implants or jabs” to girls aged 13-16 “ more than 900 times in the past two years.” That’s it. And of course all hell broke loose again.
Children are not 'things'. You don’t have automatic rights to access information about their life, or control what they do with their bodies. Involve yourself in your child’s life. Facilitate a dialogue. If they trust you, they will talk to you honestly and answer your questions. They will ask your opinion. They will value it. And if you treat sex like a shameful thing, treat their body and its habits as something dirty? Well, then they will probably lie to you.
If you have a healthy, positive relationship with your children, then the promise of confidentiality, given by qualified nursing professionals, is not about you and will probably not affect you. And if you do have the kind of relationship with your kids where they can’t discuss their own body and health with you, then maybe you shouldn’t be blaming the school nurse -or the nanny state- for it.