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School nurses create video to help children understand puberty

A team of school nurses teaching 10-11 year olds about puberty have created a video and workbook to help them understand the changes they go through

A team of school nurses teaching 10-11 year olds about puberty have created a video and workbook to help them understand the changes they go through

Picture of specialist community public health nurse Anne Mulligan, who came up with the idea of creating a video and workbook to help children understand the changes they go through during puberty
Specialist community public health nurse Anne Mulligan

School nurses have made a video to help children understand the changes that occur during puberty.

Specialist community public health nurse Anne Mulligan, who came up with the idea, said: ‘I noticed that, both locally and nationally, resources on this subject were dated and not engaging enough for today’s schoolchildren, and I wanted to do something about it.’

Puberty – Changes to your amazing body

She and other nurses, who run education sessions on puberty for children aged 10-11 in Doncaster, obtained permission from the head teacher at the town’s Norton Junior School to use it as the setting for the short video, called Puberty – Changes to your amazing body.

She enlisted the help of children of colleagues at Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust to act in the video, along with her daughter Libby and partner Philip Walker.


Watch: Changes to your amazing body trailer


The video, written and directed by Ms Mulligan, follows a group of primary school children browsing the Internet and finding video blogs by teenagers describing puberty.

The nurses have also produced a workbook to go with the video, covering Internet safety, body changes, personal hygiene, menstruation, masturbation, diagrams of male and female reproductive organs, trans people and emotions.

The video costs £299 to download, which includes a printable teachers' booklet.


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