schoolnursingvideoThe Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has published a guide to support nurses and other healthcare practitioners who are working with young people.

Adolescence: Boundaries and Connections includes a range of eight sections which addresses a range of issues, including building relationships and how to relate to adolescents; confidentiality; consent to treatment; working with vulnerable people; and resources and further reading.

The guide includes a range of practical tips that professionals can use in their daily work, key care principles, feedback from young people who have reviewed the guide and a summary of each topic. You can download it at  
RCN educational guidelines
The Royal College of Nursing has also produced a range of free online publications for health professionals, which are available to download in PDF format.

The latest ones include supporting the delivery of immunisation education; RCN 2013 employment survey report for Scotland; RCN guidance for children’s orthopaedic nursing care; creating a safe environment for care; RNC guidance for newly appointed nurse specialists playing a key role supporting children and young people with diabetes; a separate guide on diabetes for school nurses and early years settings and moving young people between child and adult health services. You can also carry out a publications search for a specific topic of interest.

To access the full range of guides, visit