Support for children with medical conditions
On 1 September 2014, a new duty came into force for governing bodies to make arrangements to support pupils at school with medical conditions.
The aim is to ensure that all children with medical conditions, in terms of both physical and mental health, are properly supported in school so that they can play a full and active role in school life, remain healthy and achieve their academic potential.
Pupils with long-term and complex medical conditions may require on-going support, medicines or care while at school to help them manage their condition and keep them well. Absences due to health problems can affect children’s educational attainment and impact on their ability to integrate with their peers.
Children’s health needs may change over time, in ways that cannot always be predicted. There are social and emotional implications associated with medical conditions. Children may be self-conscious about their condition and some may develop emotional disorders such as anxiety, depression and other mental health issues around their medical condition or be bullied.
Appointments connected with a pupil’s medical condition (which can often be lengthy) need to be effectively managed and appropriate support put in place to limit the impact on the child’s educational attainment.
Some children with medical conditions may be considered to be disabled under the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010. Some may also have special educational needs and/or may have a statement, or Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) plan which brings together health and social care needs, as well as their special educational provision.
To read the full policy, download the PDF.