London schools' guide for the care of children and young people with asthma - updated April 2022
The purpose of this document is to enable schools to manage children and young people with asthma effectively in a school setting.
The following is a summary of the recommendations contained within this document and are based on guidelines derived from clinical practice at Whittington Health, London Borough of Islington and from contributions from key stakeholders from across London:
- Each school should have an up to date asthma/medical conditions policy.
- Children and young people should have immediate access to their inhalers ideally in the classroom. It is the school’s responsibility to make sure staff know where the inhalers are kept.
- In an asthma attack the inhaler should always be taken to the child.
- Schools should ensure they have at least one emergency asthma inhaler kit available.
- Early years settings and primary schools: Children may require support to manage their asthma in school in line with the Children and Families Act 2014. Schools should use their allocated funds for this (delegated school budget).
- Secondary school: The student will be largely independent but may require intermittent support.
- The school will maintain a register of children and young people with asthma.
- Staff will have access to appropriate training and annual updates.
You can download a hyperlinked PDF or navigate the guide below: