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.
Early years settings should apply the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.
What should a school do to support children/young people with medical conditions?
All schools should have a Medical Conditions Policy which states how the school will support children with medical conditions and this policy should be published on the school website.
You can find out more about this on the Local Offer 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.