Southwark’s Local Offer shows what’s available in the borough for children, young people and adults (aged 0-25) who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. It includes up-to-date information on opportunities and services that are available to you.
Southwark Alternative Provision: Pupils with Medical Needs
The local authority has a statutory duty to provide alternative provision when a pupil is not able to attend school due to medical needs.
Who is this service for?
Children and young people of statutory school age who cannot attend school due to their medical needs and have missed 15 days or more of school.
Reception to Year 11
Criteria for access to service
Restricted – Your school will need to make a referral with a copy of your child’s attendance record, medical evidence and any other relevant documentation. The referral will be discussed at the weekly case meeting and your school will be notified if the request has been approved
How this is provided
Alternative providers deliver tuition directly to the pupil in groups or on a one to one basis. This may be in the home or other suitable location.
School work delivered is usually provided by the child’s school and a reintegration plan is coordinated in partnership with health professionals.
How can I access this service?
Please contact your child’s school directly.
How is this service funded?
The service is funded by Southwark Council and is a statutory part of the Councils Children’s and Adults Team
Do you need to pay for the service?
It is a free service
Confidentiality and Impartiality
As part of the referral process relevant information will be shared with the alternative provider.
Please discuss any referrals directly with your child's school.