New Ofsted guidance on medical conditions in school

CHF is pleased to announce that new Ofsted guidance now includes as part of its safeguarding assessment a check on the schools’ support for children with medical conditions.

As members of the Health Conditions in Schools Alliance CHF has campaigned alongside other charities to get children with health conditions the support they need at school in order to be safe and included in activities.

Some parents of children with heart condtions have given CHF examples of good practice where it occurs and these examples will be fed back to OFSTED by the Health Conditions in Schools Alliance.

Here is the new guidance for Ofsted inspectors, it makes clear that supporting children with medical conditions is a safeguarding issue.

Although a legal duty towards children with medical conditions was introduced in 2014, the Health Conditions in Schools Alliance found that many schools were failing to adhere to it. It is therefore very important that the medical conditions duty has been included in official Ofsted guidance.

Inspectors will now evaluate how well school leaders are meeting their legal duty to children with medical conditions as part of their safeguarding assessment. Further information.