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An education in children's London

A pioneering new module develops nursing students’ understanding of how living in London impacts children and young people

A module from the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care explores the diverse experiences of young Londoners. It aims to provide the capital’s future nurses with a deeper understanding of how biological, sociological and psychological factors can shape a young person’s life in the city.

According to GLA Economics, London experiences high levels of income polarisation, worklessness and child poverty, contributing to health inequalities among Londoners. Data shows that children living in London are, on average, less healthy than those living in the rest of the country. 

Childhood in London investigates early years health inequalities in London, focusing on the potential implications for young Londoners and analysing how they might be addressed.

Other topics covered in the module include knife crime and gangs, barriers and enablers to accessing higher education in London and the diverse backgrounds and heritage of youngsters living in the capital.

The lecture and seminar on knife crime has been designed by youth work charity Redthread. It works in hospitals and communities across the capital with young people who have been the victims of, or are involved in, knife crime.

Redthread experts facilitate discussions on how nursing students can support young people who have been victims of knife crime. The session also explores factors that may lead to the involvement of young people in gangs and knife crime in the first place.

Drawing on London as a living classroom, the module invites students to access key resources such as reports from the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority and connects students with partners from across the capital.

By connecting our student nurses with the experiences of young Londoners, they will be better able to respond to children and young people’s needs in hospitals across London and beyond.– Andrea Cockett, Associate Dean for Assessment and Teaching



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