Sam Gyimah MP welcomes Young Epilepsy to Parliament

I was delighted to host an event in Parliament on Monday with Young Epilepsy to mark the launch of the charity’s Manifesto for Change. This event followed the successful passage of the Children & Families Act through Parliament, which received Royal Assent on 13 March. For the first time, the Act introduces a requirement to have appropriate, tailored support in place for every young person with epilepsy in every school, based on an assessment of their individual medical, educational and emotional needs. The event on Monday brought together teachers, health practitioners, and policymakers to look at how the provisions of the Act can be successfully and consistently rolled out to schools across the country. The need for this change was further underlined by new research unveiled at the event, which found that 95% of children with epilepsy struggle with at least one area of learning or behaviour. I commend Young Epilepsy, who are based in Lingfield, for the leading role they have taken in this process, whether by producing new resources to assist schools during this transition or driving forward the national discussion on caring for pupils with epilepsy. It was a pleasure to be able to host the event, and as a Vice-President of Young Epilepsy I will continue to play my part to help this extremely worthy cause. On Sunday, I also appeared on The Sunday Politics South East as part of a feature on the challenges faced by pupils with epilepsy. For those interested, the clip (starting approx 45:06) can be viewed here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03y6smv/Sunday_Politics_South_East_23_03_2014/