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PP03 - Managing medical needs and medicines in schools

It is for local authorities, schools and governing bodies, settings and management groups to work out their own policies in the light of statutory responsibilities and their own assessment of local needs and resources.

Parents have the prime responsibility for their child’s health and should provide schools and settings with information about their child’s medical condition.  Parents, and the child if appropriate, should obtain details from their General Practitioner, or paediatrician, if needed.  The school doctor or nurse, or a health visitor for early years’ settings, and specialist voluntary bodies may also be able to provide additional background information for school staff.

It only requires one parent (defined as those with parental responsibility) to agree to, or request, that medicines are administered by staff in the school, or setting, that have day to day contact their child.
Parents should be given opportunity to provide the head teacher with sufficient information about their child’s medical needs. They should jointly with the head, reach agreement on the school’s role in supporting their child’s medical needs, in accordance with the employer’s policy.


Page Published: 07/02/2012