Children with Medical Needs

Information and help on supporting children with medical needs in schools.

Many children attend schools in Northern Ireland with various medical conditions and needs.

In the vast majority of cases, their needs can be met in schools without having their names recorded on the Special Educational Needs Register, or have their needs met at the early stages of the Code of Practice.  Just because a child has a medical need does not mean they will also have a special educational need.

General advice for schools and parents is to liaise with their local Health and Social Care Trust professionals for information and guidance relevant to individual medical needs.  This can include support for children with Diabetes, or those children needing help with a toileting programme for example.  

For some pupils, it is necessary to establish a Health Care Plan so that medical needs can be managed in schools.

The EA’s Pupil support service -SENIS (Medical) team will be able to help and assist you with more information.

Last updated: 20/04/2021