‘Safe in School’ families take the debate to MPs
On Monday 23 October 2017, supporters of Young Epilepsy and families affect by the condition joined with a number of other charities campaigning for #SafeInSchool.
Young Epilepsy represented two campaigns - #Rules4Schools on behalf of children and young people with epilepsy, as well as #SafeInSchool on behalf of all pupils with medical conditions. Both campaigns have four golden asks, enabling children and young people to be safe and included in schools.
The day was organised by the Health Conditions in Schools Alliance (HCSA), to which Young Epilepsy is a member. It was a really positive day with over 40 families, affected by a range of conditions – five of whom represented Young Epilepsy - working together so that all children have the right healthcare plans in school.
Most families met with their local MP and highlighted that many schools are not fulfilling their legal obligation to their students with health conditions.
Young Epilepsy's chief executive Carol Long and mum Rebecca Turnbull were interviewed by ITV Meridian about the campaign and its importance for young people with epilepsy. You can see it here. Turnbull, along with her son Matthew, met MP for Horsham Jeremy Quin.
Catherine Hodder, the charity's National Campaigns Manager was interviewed by BBC Northampton. You can listen here (skip to 01:40:25-01:45:50). Also interviewed by the same radio programme interviewed mum Susan Bannard (skip to 02:39:30-02:46:50). She came with her son Alfie.
Mum Vic Byatt and son Richard appeared on BBC Radio Stoke. You can listen here (skip to 01:09:36-01:16:30).
Among the other families attended were Lisa Thurston with her son Owen, and Aileen Bolton with her daughter Jessica.