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Action for M.E. meeting with Minister for Children

May 02, 2018

As part of the Health Conditions in Schools Alliance, charities including Action for M.E. are meeting today with Nadhim Zahawi, Minister for Children and Families, to highlight the Alliance’s Safe in School campaign.

We are asking the Government to take action to enforce a law that requires all schools in England to have a medical conditions policy, which guides staff on how to support children with long-term conditions, including M.E.

But parents have told us that many schools don’t have these policies in place, and aren’t even aware that by law they need to.

At today’s meeting, we will ask the Minister to take action to ensure that:

  • Ofsted tell their inspectors to routinely check schools’ medical conditions polices as part of their regular inspections.
  • the Department for Education changes its guidance, asking schools to publish their medical conditions polices on their websites
  • the Department for Education does more to help schools understand their responsibilities and put together quality medical conditions policies.