January 15, 2019
Action for M.E. has been working with 16-year-old Maddie, who lives in Hayle, Cornwall, where the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) has made a ruling against the Council about her lack of access to education. The ruling was just recently published online.
Maddie has M.E., the most common health-related cause of long-term school absence. Like many young people with this serious neurological illness, she has been unable to attend school full-time, and needs support to access education appropriate to her needs – but this has been a considerable challenge.
The LGO’s ruling notes that:
Action for M.E. is working with Maddie to get national recognition of the lack of education for children with health problems and disabilities. Our Head of Children’s Services, Mary-Jane Willow, has been working with the Health Conditions in Schools Alliance (HCSA) which is made up of representatives of a number of health charities. The HCSA will shortly be meeting Ofsted to challenge them to inspect a school’s policy on medical conditions and the wellbeing of students educated part-time or off-site.
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