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Enhancing the health and social wellbeing of children and young people living with HIV

HIV Friendly Schools

CHIVA has been running its ‘Educate Yourself: Working Towards HIV Friendly Schools’ campaign since 2015. The campaign seeks to raise awareness of the pastoral care needs of children who are living with or affected by HIV in UK schools. You can read two of our Youth Committee members' experiences of HIV in school in this 2015 interview with The Guardian

Educate Yourself film

Young people living with HIV participated in creating this two-minute film aimed at teachers, explaining in their own words why HIV friendly schools are important. If you work in education, please consider sharing this film with your colleagues and downloading the guidance document below. 

Guidance

CHIVA worked with many partners from education and the charity sector to update guidance originally developed by the National Children's Bureau. We encourage education professionals to use the full guidance and summary document.

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Parliamentary event

CHIVA held a parliamentary event to launch the updated guidance. Young people and speakers from education and health highlighted the importance of this campaign.

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Pictured at the event (above): Tony Draper (President of the National Association of Head Teachers), Joyce Gould (House of Lords) and Dr Amanda Williams (CHIVA Chair); (below) Norman Lamb MP.

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Future plans

CHIVA hopes to work with schools and health providers in areas with the highest prevalence of paediatric HIV. We want to support schools to become HIV friendly so that pupils living with HIV feel able to share this information safely.

For further information on CHIVA's schools work, please contact amanda.ely@chiva.org.uk.

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