Sensitive data being unnecessarily disclosed in upsetting circumstances
Children with Aids-related HIV are being turned away and excluded from primary and secondary schools throughout the UK in contravention of anti-discrimination laws.
An investigation by the National Aids Trust has uncovered six cases of discrimination against children as young as four after their HIV status was disclosed or discovered. Head teachers have told parents of affected children that other teachers, parents and even dinner ladies would need to be told of their confidential medical status.
In one ‘shocking’ example, according to the charity, a child who did not know about her condition was made aware of it by a teacher. She was later bullied and left the school.
The National Aids Trust began investigating after social workers in Hertfordshire and Lancashire reported cases where parents looking for new schools were told their children were not welcome after they revealed the diagnosis. Under the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 it is illegal to discriminate against anyone with HIV. The charity has repeatedly asked for specific guidance on HIV for teachers from the Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF). …