We try to ensure that all BYMT courses are as accessible as possible, so if a young person needs special assistance to take part in a course, contact the office in advance to make arrangements. Disabled young people on BYMT courses have included wheelchair users and those with visual and hearing impairment. Some of our residential venues may be more suitable than others and we try and take this into account when suggesting the best course or allocating a young person onto a production.
We make arrangements for the participation of young people with a wide range of conditions including allergies, epilepsy, asthma, diabetes and rarer conditions. We ask parents, carers and young people to be as honest as possible about illnesses or conditions, whether physical or mental – it’s much better that we know in advance so our pastoral staff can make provision or be prepared. We do NOT preclude any young person from taking part because of a pre-existing condition.
More practically, we ask the parent or guardian of an under 18 year old to fully complete and submit a Medical Form for the young person (over 18s should complete and sign the form themselves). On this form you are requested to give consent allowing pastoral staff to agree to medical treatment on your behalf in the event of an emergency where you cannot be contacted. You should also indicate if you give consent for pastoral staff to administer paracetamol and ibuprofen. If a young person takes prescribed medication, the pastoral team will take responsibility for this – you should supply us with clear instructions. Pastoral staff are on call 24 hours a day and in the event of any illness, you will be kept informed.
Don’t be alarmed if we call to say a young person has been taken to hospital. Without access to local GPs, we often refer young people to A&E for relatively minor ailments as well as for the occasional more serious incident. In a very few cases we may decide we cannot take responsibility for a young person’s on-going illness and they have to return home where they can be better cared for. We would obviously discuss this with parents/carers on a case-by-case basis.
BYMT courses can be very intensive with long working hours and emotional challenges and this sometimes brings existing medical or emotional issues into sharper focus. Our staff frequently have to assist and support young people with emotional upsets from their home lives. We try and deal with these as sensitively as possible and often the close presence of other young people helps in these situations and can provide strong motivation to remain on the course.
In the event of a young person being unable to continue for any reason we will assist in making arrangements for their safe return journey home.