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Children: Asthma

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department has provided to (a) local education authorities and (b) schools on the management in schools of (i) asthma and (ii) other long-term medical conditions of children. (206535)

This Department has issued guidance, available to local authorities and schools, entitled “Managing Medicines in Schools and Early Years Settings”.

The guidance was published in 2005 jointly with the Department of Health, and specifically addresses what schools can do to help children with asthma and other medical conditions.

In the same year we also produced, with the Council for Disabled Children, a handbook entitled “Including me: managing complex health needs in schools and early years settings”. This handbook is a practical guide to help local authorities, schools, early years settings and health providers develop policies and procedures to support children with medical needs.