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In collaboration with CHIVA, we've produced a good practice guide to supporting children living with and affected by HIV.
Schools are experienced in providing support to children living with many chronic illnesses. However, the stigma surrounding HIV means that families are often reluctant to share the diagnosis with schools because of concerns about confidentiality and are therefore unable to access this support. The vast majority of children living with HIV have not notified their school, for fear of the response.
Through a series of case studies looking at the real experiences of children and families living with HIV, this publication provides those involved in education with an insight into the issues for those affected and the impact of current practices.
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It is in the interest of all children that schools provide accurate information about HIV as part of relationships and sex education. It is therefore essential that teachers and staff are equipped with accurate knowledge and understanding about HIV and routes of transmission.
This guide provides schools, governing bodies and local authorities with practical information and suggestions on ways to support the needs of children living with HIV.
It addresses schools’ concerns about HIV and sets out some simple ways in which a school can provide a supportive environment for a child living with, or affected by, HIV. This is set in the context of the support that schools already provide to all pupils with health needs.
The guide is relevant to all schools, including academies; free schools; maintained nursery, primary, secondary and special schools; independent schools; and PRUs. It is for all the staff who work in them – including local authority personnel, governing bodies and school leaders – and external bodies who have regular contact with schools.
It will also be of use to those providing services to children, such as youth workers and early years practitioners.
This guide has been developed in consultation with a number of schools, local authorities, parents/carers, and children living with HIV.
Download the full guidance here.
Good practice guide to supporting children living with and affected by HIV