Policy on Administering Medication to Children

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KEY POINTS

At all times the aim is to prevent accidents and safeguard all parties involved.

Medicine is NOT generally given in school. If a child has a prescribed course of medicine it should be possible for the parent to administer the doses around the school day.

In cases of long-term medication such as asthma, diabetes or anaphylaxia the parent must comply with school policy. Written information and details will be given by parents and medical sources. The reasons and symptoms of the child’s illness will be explained. The smallest dose possible of any medicine will be brought to school. The pupil will be taught by parents as soon as possible how to administer the dose himself or herself. Parents will be asked to sign a consent form and written indemnity to safeguard staff from accusations of negligence.

Staff will only administer prescription medicine. Only medicine prescribed to be given 4 times a day will be given. This will only be administered by a named person (Head, Deputy or named first aider). Under no circumstances should staff administer off-the-shelf medicines or home remedies.

Any named child with a long term known medical condition will have a medical care plan and the detail of this will be followed by all concerned.