Children with medical needs
The Council has a statutory duty to provide suitable education provision for children and young people. This is for those who do not, or cannot, attend full-time education normally, e.g. due to long-term medical needs.
The Medical Needs team is a group of experienced teachers. They work with schools and parents/carers of a child or young person. The aim is to give a balanced curriculum with the main focus on English, Mathematics and Science. All curricular planning and resources are provided by the school.
What support is provided?
We will give regular support and teaching appropriate to the child/young person’s needs. This will be at a suitable venue, which can be:
- at home;
- within a school or centre;
- or on the Calderdale Royal Children’s ward.
The support offered can be a mixture of 1:1, small group and virtual remote support via online platforms.
We will keep this under review in light of any updated COVID-19 guidance
How do I access the service?
Your child/young person’s school will complete a referral form. This form has to be signed by you to confirm consent of the referral.
A referral due to long-term medical needs requires medical evidence from their medical consultant or specialist(s). This must come with the form. Sourcing the medical evidence is the responsibility of the parents/carers. The referral form and all supporting medical evidence should be returned to the: Medical Needs team.
For more about this, please read: Medical Needs Policy [PDF 216KB].
What happens next?
A meeting will be arranged with the school, you and your child or young person. Where possible, this will be within five working days of receipt of the referral form and all supporting medical evidence.
The initial meetings are a chance to get to know you and your child or young person. Times for the teaching sessions will be made and you can discuss concerns or issues that you may have.
Contact the Medical Needs Team
- Username Medical Needs team
- Email James.Robinson@calderdale.gov.uk
- Telephone 01422 394118
PO Box 51
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