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NAHT Northern Ireland represents principals and vice-principals in around two-thirds of 1,150 schools in Northern Ireland. NAHT Northern Ireland provide advice, training and support for its members on a range of issues faced by senior leaders in schools. Along with our colleagues in England and Wales, we are there to defend and extend the rights of school leaders.  

NAHT NI is democratic and member-led, and supported by its Belfast-based team of staff alongside their colleagues based in both Wales and England.

NAHT Northern Ireland
Carnmoney House
Edgewater Office Park

Belfast
BT3 9JQ

nahtni@naht.org.uk
02890 776633 

Supporting children living with HIV

A child living with HIV is likely to face a high level of stigma (eg shame, guilt or isolation), which can have an impact on their well-being.

The child’s family may be dealing with additional complications that managing a long-term health condition presents (eg poverty, caring responsibilities).

However, a pupil living with HIV poses no risk, presents no additional insurance issues and requires no additional resources.

While schools have experience of providing support to children living with many chronic illnesses, the stigma of HIV means that many families are reluctant to disclose the diagnosis and have therefore not notified their school because they fear the consequences. In many cases, the families and children are unable to access the support available to them.

This advice paper provides a framework for schools to ensure a pupil who discloses their HIV diagnosis receives non-judgemental support.

First published 02 August 2018