Statutory guidance for local authorities to support looked-after and previously looked-after children’s aspirations to achieve in further and higher education. It details the duty local authorities and VSHs joint training and education of parents and children to promote the educational achievement of the children they look after. Statutory guidance sets out what local authorities must do to comply with the law.
You should follow the guidance unless you have a very good reason not to. 26 February 2018 Updated with latest statutory guidance. Is there anything wrong with this page? UK Don’t include personal or financial information like your National Insurance number or credit card details. All content is available under the Open Government Licence v3.
The Health Conditions in School Alliance is made of over 30 organisations, including charities, healthcare professionals and trade unions who work collaboratively to make sure children with health conditions get the care they need in school. The site is here to offer guidance and tools to schools who are looking after children with health conditions. This guides staff on how to support children with long-term conditions in school. But parents have told us that many schools don’t have these policies in place, and aren’t even aware that by law they need to. Only 1 in 10 schools could prove that they had an appropriate medical conditions policy when we asked in 2017. This shows that we need action from government and Ofsted. Schools need more support to put the correct policies in place, and parents need to be confident policies will be assessed as part of regular school inspections.
Safe in School in Parliament Since our successful campaign to change the law in That’s why on 23 October, we took 50 families affected by a range of medical conditions to Parliament. Meeting their MP, parents called on Ministers to do more to keep children with medical conditions Safe in School. We handed in a petition, with nearly 50,000 signatures, calling for small changes that would help more children with medical conditions stay Safe in School. The petition was started by Louise, a parent of a child with Type 1 diabetes and coeliac, whose life was put in danger due to poor care in school.
Watch our video of the day now to find out about the changes we want, and how you can help. Louise’s petition has now closed, but you can watch her explain how her own daughter’s terrible experience in a school with no medical conditions policy inspired her to start campaigning on Change. We want Ofsted to tell their inspectors to routinely check schools’ medical conditions polices as part of their regular inspections. We want the Department for Education to change their guidance, so that all schools need to publish their medical conditions polices on their websites. We want the Department for Education to do more to help schools understand their responsibilities and put together quality medical conditions policies. How you can help Ask your MP to meet locally and tell them why this is so important. You can ask for a meeting in your area in just a minute, using our easy online tool.
Once you’ve requested your meeting, we’ll send you all the facts, tips and info you’ll need to plan your meeting. Medical conditions policy All schools should have a medical conditions policy which states how the school will care for any children with medical conditions, the procedures for getting the right care and training in place and who is responsible for making sure the policy is carried out. The policy should recognise health conditions can be life threatening and that they can also affect how a child learns. Schools must regularly review and audit their policy to make sure the arrangements for children with medical conditions are working.
Schools in England are required by law to have a medical conditions policy. This policy statement should be developed with pupils, parents, school nurse, school staff, governors, the school employer and relevant local health services. Every child with a medical condition will need an IHP. Headteachers, school governors and responsible bodies should make sure each child has an IHP and that it is being carried out. We have created a guide to what should be in an individual healthcare plan as well as a template plan.
Some of our members have created condition specific Individual Healthcare Plans. You can find links to them below. They may intermittently attend school and receive education at in a medical alternative provision setting, at hospital or at home. When a child is receiving education in different settings it is important that their school and local authority work closely together to make sure they receive the right support in whatever setting they are being educated in. Download our guide to helping schools identify the steps they should take to ensure children with medical needs receive the support that they need in all education settings. Our campaign on the legal situation in schools In 2014, the Alliance supported by many parents, successfully campaigned the Government to amend the Children and Families Act 2014 which now includes a duty on schools in England to support children with health conditions.
The duty is accompanied by statutory guidance from the Department of Education which schools in England must now follow. Download our explanation of the legal situation in each nation in the UK in supporting children with medical conditions in schools. Download the Department for Education’s statutory guidance about the support that pupils with medical conditions should receive at school in England. Our work The Alliance continues to work to ensure that children with medical conditions receive the care they deserve at school. In 2016 the Alliance investigated whether or not schools are complying with the duty. 46 per cent of schools that do have a medical conditions policy were not compliant with the legislation.