The Children and Families Bill must take account of social, emotional and educational needs of children with cancer

CLIC Sargent welcomes the Government amendment to the Children and Families Bill, which will help children with long-term health conditions such as cancer to receive the support they need.

All schools, including free schools and academies, will be required by law to make appropriate arrangements for supporting pupils with long-term health needs. This will be backed by new statutory guidance that will be issued next year.

In the House of Lords yesterday, cross bencher Lord Patel raised CLIC Sargent’s points about the guidance needing to cover the social, emotional and learning needs of children with cancer, and Tory peer Lord Nash agreed that cancer should be covered by the guidance.

CLIC Sargent Chief Executive Lorraine Clifton said: “We are keen to work with the Government so that the new guidance is fit for purpose, and we would like it to take into account all the needs of pupils with cancer, including social and emotional needs. The new statutory guidance also needs to acknowledge that cancer can have long-term effects, which can affect a child or young person’s ability to learn.

“We see this as a vital opportunity to put appropriate guidelines for schools in place. We will continue to influence this and other parts of the Bill so that all pupils with cancer can get the very best out of their education.”

Around 1,600 children aged 0-14 are diagnosed with cancer in the UK each year.  In 2012, CLIC Sargent research found that only 56% of parents of children, who have returned to school after period of absence, felt that their child had received sufficient support to enable them to resume as normal an education as possible.

For further information please contact CLIC Sargent Media and PR Officer Sue Royal on 0208 752 2833/97771830960 or email sue.royal@clicsargent.org.uk. Outside office hours please call 08448 481189.

About childhood cancer
Every day, 10 children and young people in the UK hear the shocking news they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.

About CLIC Sargent
CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. For more information visit www.clicsargent.org.uk

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