20th April 2016

Supporting learners with healthcare needs

A consultation of the Welsh Government

Welsh flagThe Welsh Government are consulting the public on their guidance for schools on supporting learners with healthcare needs. Parents and carers of children with healthcare needs in Wales have the opportunity to respond to the government and have their say until Friday 29th April.

We know from enquiries to our Advocacy Service that the support given to children with migraine in schools is inconsistent. This can have a negative effect on a young sufferer’s attendance, educational attainment, confidence, behavioural problems and their ability to make friends.

The Migraine Trust welcomes the review by the Welsh Government. The current guidance on access to education and support for children and young people with medical needs guidance document was originally published in 2010. We are submitting a response to the consultation, however, the more submissions that highlight the difficulties that children with migraine have in school the better.

We are aware that the deadline is close. Our colleagues from Diabetes UK have prepared some suggested text, which we have edited for migraineurs as a guide for parents and carers submitting (see below to download). Please note, this is suggested text, we recommend including information based on your individual circumstances and experiences, if you are able, to ensure the Welsh Government understand your perspective as a parent/carer of a child with healthcare needs.

You can find out more about the consultation and submit a response on the Welsh Government website here.

The Migraine Trust works collaboratively with a number of organisations and charities under the Health Conditions in Schools Alliance to make sure that children with health conditions get the help in school that they need.

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Whether you live in Wales or elsewhere in the UK, we have information about migraine in children and teens as well as guidance to help people support young migraine sufferers in school.

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