The Migraine Trust

Children with migraine

There are hundreds of thousands of children who suffer with migraine but who are never diagnosed. We want to have an outreach worker in Inner London working with young migraine sufferers so that they can learn how to control their condition.

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)



Children with migraine receive little support from the health and education systems. Health services for migraine sufferers are usually only for adults whilst schools tend to simply send children home without addressing their underlying needs. On average a child migraine sufferer loses between 32 days to 3 months of schooling per year which impacts on their educational attainment and life chances. To help address this we wish to employ an Outreach Worker who can provide information to these children about managing their migraine. The Outreach Worker will focus on Inner London and make links with schools, school nurses and health professionals in order to deliver this service. The goal of the project is to demonstrate how low cost simple advice directly delivered to the child can make a huge difference to the rest of the child's life. Because migraine is a long term chronic episodic and disabling condition it is vital that information is provided sooner rather than later. Because migraine is so often inherited we need to reach the children early on so that they do not simply learn to live with their condition without it ever having been properly addressed. The cost of the project is approximately £35k per year covering salary costs and other expenditure. The project would require two years in order to demonstrate properly its value.