The Academy works to ensure that pupils with medical conditions receive appropriate care and support at all times during their school life. All pupils have an entitlement to a full time curriculum or as much as their medical condition allows. The DFE (2015) has stated:
‘Children and young people with medical conditions are entitled to a full education and have the same rights of admission to school as other children. This means that no child with a medical condition can be denied admission or prevented from taking up a place in school because arrangements for their medical condition have not been made. However, in line with their safeguarding duties, governing bodies should ensure that pupils’ health is not put at unnecessary risk from, for example, infectious diseases. They therefore do not have to accept a child in school at times where it would be detrimental to the health of that child or others to do so.’
The school has due regard to the above statutory guidance issued and we make all efforts to comply.
Below are the main points of our ‘medicine in school’ policy. Please can parents ensure that they have read the policy fully and be are aware of our requirements to support your child in administering medication in the academy. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact your house SSA or reception who will be happy to help you.
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Medicine in Schools main points:
- Medicines will only be administered in school when it would be detrimental to a child’s health or attendance not to do so.
- The academy will not administer prescription or non-prescription medicines to any child under the age of 16 without parent’s written consent – except in exceptional circumstances where the medicine has been prescribed to the child without the parent’s knowledge.
- Where a pupil is prescribed medication by a healthcare professional without their parents’/carers’ knowledge, every effort will be made to encourage the pupil to involve their parents while respecting their right to confidentiality.
- Where possible, unless advised it would be detrimental to health, medicines should be prescribed in frequencies that allow the pupil to take them outside of school hours.
- If this is not possible, prior to staff members administering any medication, the parents/carers of the child must complete and sign a parental consent to administration of medicine form.
- No child will be given any prescription or non-prescription medicines without written parental consent except in exceptional circumstances.
- Medicines MUST be in date, labelled, and provided in the original container (except in the case of insulin which may come in a pen or pump) with dosage instructions. Medicines which do not meet these criteria will not be administered.
- A child who has been prescribed a controlled drug may legally have it in their possession if they are competent to do so, but passing it to another child for use is an offence. Monitoring arrangements will be put in place by the school if necessary.
- Controlled drugs that have been prescribed for a pupil will be securely stored in a non-portable container and only named staff will have access. Controlled drugs should be easily accessible in an emergency and may be administered by school staff in accordance with the prescriber’s instructions.
- Medicines will be stored in the School Office. Medication that needs to be stored in a cool fridge should be kept in a separate, lockable fridge.
- Any medications left over at the end of the course will be returned to the child’s parents, including sharps in sharps boxes.
- Written records will be kept of any medication administered to children, including what, how, how much was administered, date and time and by whom. The school will also record any side effects noted.
- Medication administered will be recorded on the appropriate form.
- Pupils will never be prevented from accessing their medication.
- Emergency salbutamol inhaler kits may be kept voluntarily by school
- When available general posters about medical conditions (diabetes, asthma, epilepsy etc.) will be displayed for example in staff rooms
- The Academy cannot be held responsible for side effects that occur when medication is taken correctly.
- Staff will not force a pupil, if the pupil refuses to comply with their health procedure, and the resulting actions will be clearly written into the IHP which will include informing parents.