Young sufferers

Just as with adults, migraine is widespread among children and young people

Here you will find information about migraine in children and young people. We have written a guide for parents and carers to help them support young sufferers, and we have information for children and young people to read too.

If you require independent support in relation to your child’s migraine and education, The Migraine Trust provides a free Advocacy Service that may be able to help.

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Information for schools

Statutory guidance: Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions

The Department for Education issued new statutory guidance Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions that came into force on 1 September 2014.

The guidance was issued to schools in England by the Government under the Children and Families Act 2014.  It sets out the practical support schools will be expected to provide for children with medical conditions, such as making sure they have individual care plans in place and training and support for school staff.

For children whose migraine has a significant impact on them in school, a healthcare plan should always be put in place.  An individualised healthcare plan identifies a child’s medical needs and the support they require from the school or whilst under school supervision.  This should be completed in partnership with the student, parents/carers, school and medical professionals, and shared amongst key members of staff. The Gov.uk website provides guidance and template documents.

School policy guidelines

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and Headache UK (of which The Migraine Trust is a member) launched School Policy Guidelines for Students with Migraine and Troublesome Headache in October 2011.  The guidelines aim to help identify students affected by migraine and troublesome headache, and ensure that they receive the appropriate attention and care that they need.  There are tips on reducing the impact of migraine and headache, sample policies, letters and more.