Cystic Fibrosis - Education Law

Help and Advice with Education and Schooling Requirements for Children with Cystic Fibrosis

If your child has been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, you probably have a lot of concerns and questions about their needs and their education.

We offer a complete service where we work with schools, the local authority, and specialists to provide the proper support for your family.

Cystic fibrosis, Access to Education

What is cystic fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder which mainly affects the lungs and digestive system. The hallmark of cystic fibrosis is the clogging of these organs with a thick sticky mucus.

What difficulties might my child have?

The symptoms of cystic fibrosis differ from person to person. However, common problems are:

  • Heavy coughing and wheezing, because the body is trying to cough the mucus up
  • Shortness of breath
  • Frequent chest and lung infections, which may recur, because bacteria develop in the mucus
  • Difficulty gaining and maintain weight
  • Risk of diabetes in later life

What educational support might my child need?

It is important to keep the school in the loop with your child's diagnosis. There are several things to keep in mind which will improve your child’s health, and their quality of education:

  • Sports and physical education should be encouraged, rather than avoided. Physical activities can help with problems caused by the mucus
  • Make them aware of any dietary requirements your child may have, such as digestive supplements or meals that are high in calories and protein
  • Because of the risk of infections, the school need to consider the risk on school trips of your child catching an infection
  • The school needs to be made aware that your child will cough frequently, they may need extra toilet breaks compared to other children and may often be absent for medical treatment and illness
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How can we help a child with cystic fibrosis?

Some children need a statement of special educational needs (SEN) to protect their interests. We have extensive experience in working with families to secure an effective statement, and ensuring that it is followed.

The process of getting a statement can often be long and difficult. If the local authority refuse to give your child an assessment, the process could be stopped then. However, we are able to appeal on your behalf if they refuse to assess your child.

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Imogen Jolley - Education Law Solicitor | Simpson Millar| Lancaster

Imogen Jolley
Partner, Head of Education & Community Care

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