An increasing number of children and young people with health needs, including long-term conditions and highly complex needs, are attending mainstream school. Some of these pupils have short-term needs for support, such as being helped to take prescription medicines.
However, many require continuous and ongoing care and intervention while at school, including intimate or invasive care procedures. The pressure for support staff to take on duties relating to the health needs of children has continued to grow. This results in situations where support staff may be providing medical care without a suitable policy in place or adequate training.
UNISON has long argued that there should be nationally prescribed safeguards and standards in order to protect both staff and pupils and we have previously issued detailed advice.
Here are UNISON’s leaflet and full guide to assist members.