All parents and carers must ensure provision of suitable education for their children. Most parents/carers choose to educate their children at school however some people choose to teach their child at home, this is known as elective home education (EHE).
The Education Act 1996 Section 7 states that:
the parent of a child who is of compulsory school age has a legal duty to see that their child receives efficient full-time education, suitable to their age, ability and aptitude, and to any special education needs they may have, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise
It gives parents the right to educate their children "otherwise" than at school.
Being a home educator is a big decision, we advise you think about why you are considering home education, what it will involve, the costs, time commitment, and if you have the energy and ability to provide the appropriate support, motivation and resources for your child, or if you intend to employ a tutor/teacher.
We also recommend that you speak to one of our education officers, the school, and your child. If it is that you are having problems with your child's school, teachers or you are considering home education in reaction to a particular situation such as bullying we recommend you speak to the school, school's governing body or education officer and try to fix any problems. Often problems can be resolved in other ways and schools have many professionals on hand to help.
Vaccinations for 5–16 years Home Educated Children and Young People
Flu and routine vaccinations received by children and young people in their education settings are also recommended and available for those who are home educated.
Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases as they teach your body how to create antibodies that protect you. All vaccines are thoroughly tested to make sure they will not harm you or your child. Further information about vaccinations can be found on the NHS website.
If your child is starting college or university, you should make sure that they have had:
- the MenACWY vaccine – this protects against serious infections like meningitis. This vaccine is available up until their 25th birthday
- 2 doses of the MMR vaccine – outbreaks of measles and mumps can occur at universities, ensure your child has had both doses of the MMR vaccine as these highly infectious conditions which can easily spread between unvaccinated people.
Please see below the schedule of vaccinations available to download and contact the Vaccination UK team to book your appointment on 01384 431712.
Childhood Vaccinations Pop Up Clinics
Pop-up vaccination clinics have been set up in the Black Country to encourage parents and guardians of children aged 2 months to 16 years to come forward for any missed or delayed vaccinations.
The pop-up clinics offer catch-up vaccinations for the following:
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine: Protects against HPV, a common sexually transmitted infection that can lead to cervical, anal, and other types of cancers. The vaccine is recommended for both boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 13.
- DTP Vaccine: Provides protection against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough). These diseases can cause severe complications and even death. The DTP vaccine is typically administered in several doses throughout childhood.
- MMR Vaccine: Protects against measles, mumps, and rubella (german measles). Measles, in particular, is highly contagious and can lead to serious complications. The MMR vaccine is usually given in two doses, with the first dose administered around the age of 12-15 months and the second dose between 4-6 years.
- Meningitis Vaccine: Guards against meningococcal disease, a severe infection that can cause meningitis and blood poisoning. The vaccine is recommended for adolescents and young adults, particularly those starting university or college.
The pop up clinics will support those children and families who have missed an appointment at their practice, missed a session at school, have changed their mind or are home schooled.
The clinics are staffed by trained healthcare professionals from the NHS and Vaccination UK who specialise in childhood vaccinations and follow all necessary safety protocols.
Experts from the NHS and Vaccinations UK will be present to to have a conversion about vaccines in a private and confidential environment, so parents are invited to pop along even if it’s just to have a conversation.
Dudley sessions will be:
Friday 28 July 10am – 2pm Dudley Market Place
Thursday 3 August 12noon - 4pm Priory Park, (Dudley Play Week)
Monday 7 August 10am – 2pm Crown Square, Stourbridge
More information can be found at: www.blackcountry.icb.nhs.uk/vaccinations
For further information contact Dudley Council Plus.