The new school year has finally arrived! Parents around the country are getting back to routines, whilst teachers count down till next half term! During the colder months, colds and flu are more prevalent. Children are fairly resilient, but new classes/schools mean they may be exposed to a new range of bugs. This may cause them to feel unwell, and whilst often they will not require prescription medication, you may wish to give over the counter medicines.
Can schools give children medication?
Schools may give medication to children. However they must have parent/guardians written permission to do so. It is also worth noting that staff do so voluntarily, and there is no legal obligation requiring them to do so. The school are within their rights to request parents/guardians administer the medication.
The school must have in place robust policies, and procedures. These will relate to the receiving, recording, storage, administration, and disposal of medication.
Who will dispense the medication in schools?
Any member of staff may be the designated person. It is a legal requirement to maintain written documentation relating to medication, and this must be kept for auditing purposes.
The designated officer must maintain and regularly update their knowledge and training. Furthermore it’s important for them to be aware of their own knowledge limitations. Finally they should feel confident to seek additional help when needed.
What is a MARS sheet?
Generally speaking this refers to a medication administration record. This is a document relating to the medication and how it is to be given. It should include the following points:
- Child’s name and Date of birth
- Child’s class/form
- Name of medication
- Brief details of why the medication is used
- Required dose
- Administration route
- Times the medication is required
- Any allergies
- Special instructions (IE keep in the fridge)
Where can I find out more?
Our course The Control and Administration of Medication in schools will cover many of the details you need to increase your confidence surrounding the administration and handling of medication.