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Does your school need adapting?

Some children may need help to move, this can be moving from a wheelchair/buggy to a chair or a chair to the toilet or even helping them to get up from the floor. This is often called ‘moving and handling'.

As parents/carers, it is also important to know how to keep yourself well, as you support your child. School staff need to have training on how to safely move your child and how to use specialist equipment.

Adaptations in schools

If your child requires specific facilities or support within the school environment this may be detailed in their education, health and care plan (EHCP) or you can discuss this with the schools special education needs coordinator (SENCO) and your occupational therapist.

A school is required to make reasonable adjustments however, if specialist adaptions are required to the buildings your child will be referred to the school adaptions team.

What you can do to help
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How we can help

Mainstream schools should visit our dedicated back training page  for more information or to book a place on a course.

In addition to this course, child specific support can be offered in the setting when it is needed.

When assisting a child to move staff may require specific equipment that will be assessed by your occupational therapist and issued through the school or SEND team.

If a child who has an Education Health Care Plan attends a breakfast club, after school club or holiday club funded by the Cambridgeshire County Council, staff can access the annual mandatory training as specified above. Child specific support is provided by the Community occupational therapist or Physiotherapist.

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