Helping Children With Medical And Mental Health Conditions Get The Best Out Of School

Getting the best for your child - advice for parents and carers

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Parents/carers of children living with chronic and acute medical and mental health needs face a range of challenges getting them the best care and support. Read more here...

Finding the right help and support so that a child or young person can continue with their education can feel daunting.

Deciding what medical information should be shared, wanting school staff to understand the side effects of medication and managing the stress involved in hospital appointments and admissions can all add to a stressful family life.

We have written Advice for parents/carers to enable parents/carers to work with a child’s school to get the help they need to continue accessing education whatever their medical or mental health condition.

We know that conditions such as asthma can result in frequent short school absences, which cumulatively can have a big impact on a child’s ability to keep up at school.

Returning to school after treatments for cancer can bring particular challenges that staff need to be aware of so that plans can be made.

Chronic conditions such as cystic fibrosis and sickle cell disease will require planning and adjustments throughout a child’s entire time in school.

Returning to school following a stay in an adolescent mental health unit may require CAMHS and school working together as treatment continues.

Though individual conditions may differ, the key advice for a positive experience back at school is the same. The advice we offer is concise, practical and evidence-based. We hope it will help parents and carers get the support their child needs so they are able to continue their education and have the best possible chance of being happy and successful at school.

Read the full article: Advice for parents/carers 

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