In February the APPG for Diabetes will conduct an investigation into the Safety and Inclusion of Children with Medical Conditions at School.
The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 5-6:30pm, House of Commons, Committee Room 16
The meeting will be co-chaired by the APPG for Epilepsy and speaker will include:
- Parents of children with medical conditions Louise Taylor, Sue James and Sara Molicco.
- Professor Helen Cross, OBE
- Simon Dyson, Professor of Applied Sociology at De Montfort University
- Thalie Martini, Diabetes UK Make the Grade Delivery Manager
Right now there are hundreds of thousands of children with medical conditions in the UK who need appropriate care to be kept safe, healthy and fully included in school.
The Children and Families Act 2014 required all schools in England to have a medical conditions policy in place which sets the procedures and training needed for proper care. However, evidence from the Health Conditions in School Alliance showed that 78% of schools do not have a policy and 46% of those who do, have inadequate policies.
Lack of awareness and support are the key issues preventing this duty from being effectively implemented. The APPG will look at what can be done to ensure that all children in England gain equal access to education.
We will hear from parents, academics and schools on how medical conditions can be life threatening and affect learning development, what the main obstacles are and the best solutions to improve treatment in schools.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to limits on room capacity, please note that admittance will be on a first come, first served and one organisation, one person basis.
Call for evidence:
The APPG is calling for case studies from parents, schools and healthcare professionals of the challenges faced by children with medical conditions in schools. The deadline for submitting case studies and written evidence is midnight, 26 February.
Please use the following guidance form for submitting case studies.