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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LCC/PH/SHS
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1905-1964
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 3.75 linear metres
Name of creator(s): LCC | London County Council x London County Council


Administrative/Biographical history:

The School Health Service developed from 1905. All schoolchildren were inspected by a medical officer at least four times during their school life. Medical and dental treatment was given at school treatment centres managed either directly or by voluntary committees financed by the Council. In addition many special clinics for children were held at London hospitals.

Following the coming into force of Section 13(1)(b) of the Education (Administrative Provisions) Act 1907, the Council in 1909 circularised all suitable London hospitals, clinics and so on, asking for co-operation in the treatment of elementary school children for ringworm, defects of vision, teeth, ears, and so on. In areas where the existing provision was obviously insufficient the Council set up its own centres.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the London County Council Public Health Department relating to the School Health Service, 1905-1964, including papers relating to partially-sighted children, medical examination of scholarship candidates, feeding of schoolchildren, sex education in residential schools, medical inspection of schoolchildren, medical and dental treatment of schoolchildren, statistics for annual reports, open air classes, treatment of stammerers and the Joint Working Party on Transfer to the London Boroughs.

Papers of individual hospitals, clinics and treatment centres which provided medical treatment for school children (please consult catalogue for full list). Papers relating to the cleansing of verminous schoolchildren including warm baths in schools, cutting of hair, use of paraffin for cleansing heads, procedures for cleansing, provision of mackintosh capes for cleansing verminous children, cleansing of children in open air schools, procedure for cleansing children when the parents are illiterate, synchronising of cleansing of homes and of children, vermicide experiments and papers of individual cleansing stations and shampoo stations.

Samples of case-papers of children dealt with under the Rheumatism Scheme; report 'The Ascertainment, Care, Education and Training of Educable Mentally Handicapped Children'; report on Social Workers and the Health Visiting Service; report on Psychological Services for Children in London; leaflets 'Health Hints to Parents' (1910) and 'The Health of Schoolchildren' (1912); leaflet of breathing exercises (1922) and samples of School Health Service forms.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

LCC/PH/SHS/01: General; LCC/PH/SHS/02: Medical treatment; LCC/PH/SHS/03: Cleansing of verminous children; LCC/PH/SHS/04: Case papers; LCC/PH/SHS/05: Miscellaneous.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: City of London

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Acquired with the records of its parent body, the London County Council.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

For further information on the history of the LCC please see Achievement: A Short History of the London County Council by W Eric Jackson (1965), LMA Library reference 18.0 1965, The London County Council 1938, LMA Library reference 18.7 SER 4, and The Youngest County: A description of London as a county and its public services, 1951, LMA Library reference 18.0 1951.

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
April to June 2009

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