Sickle Cell in Schools

MQT on 2016-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2016
Question By: 
Florence Eshalomi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Noting your responsibilities in relation to health inequalities, will you consider holding a series of workshops for London boroughs to promote access to treatment for school children with sickle cell disease?


Answer for Sickle Cell in Schools

Answer for Sickle Cell in Schools

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Through the Healthy Schools London (HSL) programme, I will support schools to consider and respond to the health and wellbeing needs of their pupils. 

Working with boroughs and schools, HSL focuses on the whole child and promotes a whole school approach to health and wellbeing. All schools that achieve an Award must ensure that they have a policy on how they deal with special needs including any medical needs of pupils. Schools must also detail how they identify and meet the needs of vulnerable children and young people and have arrangements to provide appropriate support.

This includes accessing external agencies and support. I am able to publicise information regarding access to sickle cell treatment on my Healthy Schools London website if required. Three- quarters of all London schools are taking part in Healthy Schools London (1752 schools).