Children with Medical Needs

Many children attend schools in Northern Ireland with various medical conditions and needs.

In the vast majority of cases, their needs can be met in schools without having their names recorded on the Special Educational Needs Register, or have their needs met at the early stages of the Code of Practice.  Just because a child has a medical need does not mean they will also have a special educational need.

General advice for schools and parents is to liaise with their local Health and Social Care Trust professionals for information and guidance relevant to individual medical needs.  This can include support for children with Diabetes, or those children needing help with a toileting programme.  Details of Local Health and Social Care Trusts are available LINK 

For some pupils, it is necessary to establish a Health Care Plan so that medical needs can me managed in schools.

Contact Details

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
Centre / Office  Address  Telephone Email 

Bradbury Wellbeing and Treatment Centre 

1-17 Lisburn Road, Belfast, BT9 7AA  028 9504 7770 

Carlisle Wellbeing and Treatment Centre

40 Antrim Road, Belfast, BT15 2AX 028 9504 2500


South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
Centre / Office Address  Telephone
Downpatrick Office 81 Market Street, Downpatrick, BT30 6LZ 028 4483 8215
Lisburn Health Centre Linenhall Street, Lisburn, BT28 1LU 028 9266 5181
Scrabo Children’s Centre  Ards Community Hospital, Church Street, Newtownards, BT23 4AS  028 9151 0190 


Last updated: 16/10/2019