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Health: Colitis and Crohn's Disease

Volume 692: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What assessment has been made of the special educational needs of children under the age of 19 who have been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. [HL3984]

The assessment of children's special educational needs is not a function that is carried out centrally. The SEN code of practice provides practical advice to local authorities, maintained schools, early education settings and others on carrying out their statutory duties to identify, assess and make provision for all children with special educational needs.

Additional guidance Managing Medicines in Schools and Early Years Settings (DH/DfES) and sister guidance Including Me: Managing Complex Health Needs in Schools and Early Years Settings (Council for Disabled Children/DfES) provide help to all schools and early years settings in developing policies on managing medicines, in putting in place effective management systems to support individual children with medical needs and in enabling children with complex health needs to access education and childcare.