#R.O.C.K - Reaching Out to Cancer Kids.

by Reaching Out to Cancer Kids in Witney, England, United Kingdom

#R.O.C.K - Reaching Out to Cancer Kids.

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Following cancer children tell us that one of the key stresses in returning to school, our project aims to make change.

by Reaching Out to Cancer Kids in Witney, England, United Kingdom

Project summary: Following childhood cancer children tell us that one of the key stresses of returning to their ‘normal’ life is returning to school. Medical policies are generally not in place and we wish to put more emphasis on helping schools to access clear guidance and good practice to make a visible difference. Situation Life can be tough for the 6,200 children living with cancer in England and Wales, a reality which schools have not necessarily appreciated. Too often children with cancer are missing out on lessons, school trips and activities and even being removed from their school. That daily challenge can impact a child's chance of succeeding in school and isolate them from their peers.Many families tell us they feel they have been ‘dropped’ by their child’s school. This is particularly true where the child’s prognosis is poor. Solution There needs to be more of an emphasis on helping schools to access clear guidance, e-learning/training which staff can do at a convenient time and on good practice. A key member of staff needs to be trained to cope with particular conditions and heads need to ensure that the required individual health plans are in place. Our training and guidance will ensure that schools plans and implement changes to give children with cancer the support they need to thrive.We will use our charities experience of working with families to provide guidance, i.e. practical tips, clear advice, a mapping of available services, referral protocols and informative materials on how to adjust school surroundings and enhance participation at school for children affected by childhood cancer.We will seek to raise awareness of ‘Good Practice’, make support films, produce e-learning tutorials and training and thought provoking discussion documents for class lessons. We’re planning workshops and screenings to encourage conversation and reduce prejudice. Key Aims: To encourage schools to have plans in place and to have key staff (typically special needs teachers) to head a communications team and ensure early face-to-face communication. To ensure the best interests of the child and ensure that schools do all they can to creatively involve children. To ensure that schools do everything they can to welcome pupils back, including making reasonable adjustments to enhance participation for disabled children. To raise awareness of silent bullying and for teachers to be aware of the signs. For schools to use our resources, i.e. films, e-learning, lesson plans to ensure a greater understanding of all the child with cancer and their siblings have been through. BENEFICIARIES: The numbers of children with cancer, siblings, teachers, wider community and audience via broadcast, online is anticipated to exceed 7,500. 700+ children with cancer will directly benefit from our #R.O.C.K project.

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