Why schools matter
Research* has shown that teachers and school staff can be amongst the first to notice that something is wrong with a child. Knowing the signs and symptoms of JIA and being able to signpost to the correct services, could help a child receive that vital prompt diagnosis.
Without prompt diagnosis and treatment, JIA can cause permanent damage to joints and long-term disability. It could even lead to the loss of eye sight through JIA-related uveitis.
For those already diagnosed, schools play an instrumental role in enabling a child with JIA to live a full life and fulfil their potential at school. The newly launched School Toolkit from Juvenile Arthritis Research, available free of charge to schools and educational settings in the UK, enables staff to confidently support children with JIA in their setting.
How can I get my free School Toolkit?
Educational settings in the UK can request a free School Toolkit from www.jarproject.org/toolkit.
“Wow – it’s fantastic, the student presentation is particularly impressive with how it
translates all the key information in a child friendly manner.” Miss Crawley, Woodlands School
* Rapley T, May C, Smith N, Foster HE. ‘Snakes & Ladders’: factors influencing access to appropriate care for children and young people with
suspected juvenile idiopathic arthritis – a qualitative study. Pediatr Rheumatol Online J. 2021;19(1):43.