Every child with a medical condition will need an Individual Health Plan (IHP). An IHP is an agreement between parents/ guardians, the school and healthcare professionals about what care a child needs and how it will be carried out. Headteachers, school governors and responsible bodies should make sure each child has an IHP and that it is being carried out.

Statutory Policy for supporting children and young people with medical conditions

 The 'Statutory Policy for supporting children and young people with medical conditions' (2015) applies to any ‘appropriate authority’ as defined in section 100 of the Children and Families Act 2014*. That means governing bodies in the case of maintained schools, proprietors in the case of academies and management committees in the case of pupil referral units (PRUs). ‘Appropriate authorities’ must have regard to this guidance when carrying out their statutory duty to make arrangements to support pupils at school with medical conditions. The guidance also applies to activities taking place off-site as part of normal educational activities. In this document, references to schools are taken to include academies and PRUs and references to governing bodies include proprietors in academies and management committees of PRUs. Further advice, where provided, is based on good practice but is non-statutory. Early years settings should continue to apply the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. This document replaces an earlier version of this guidance published in September 2014. Previous guidance on managing medicines in schools and early years settings was published in March 2005.

    * Children and Families Act 2014 (Sec 100)

Local Policy

'Ensuring a Good Education for Children/Young People with Long Term Medical Needs in Statutory Education Policy (Oct 2018)'  is a statutory guidance for governing bodies of maintained schools and proprietors of academies in England with regards to supporting children and young people with medical conditions.

'Appropiate authorities’ (such as headteachers, SENCOs or goverment bodies) must have regard to this guidance when carrying out their statutory duty to make arrangements to support pupils at school with medical conditions. The guidance also applies to activities taking place off-site as part of normal educational activities. In this document, references to schools are taken to include academies and PRUs and references to governing bodies include proprietors in academies and management committees of PRUs. Further advice, where provided, is based on good practice but is non-statutory.

For further information and guidance, you could visit the Health Conditions in Schools Alliance website.

In addition, the following guide by 'Together for short lives' might be useful for families of children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions aged 0-25.