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Parents and carers have the prime responsibility for their child’s health and should provide schools and settings with information about their child’s medical condition.
Most children will at some time have short-term medical needs, perhaps entailing finishing a course of medicine such as antibiotics. Some children however have longer term medical needs and may require medicines on a long-term basis to keep them well, for example children with well-controlled epilepsy or cystic fibrosis.
Others may require medicines in particular circumstances, such as children with severe allergies who may need an adrenaline injection. Children with severe asthma may have a need for daily inhalers and additional doses during an attack. Most children with medical needs can attend school or a setting regularly and take part in normal activities, sometimes with some support. However, staff may need to take extra care in supervising some activities to make sure that these children, and others, are not put at risk.
Although there is no statutory duty which requires school staff to administer medication, Headteachers and school staff are expected to use their best endeavours at all times, and particularly in emergencies.
Parents who have children who require medication during the school day are encouraged to discuss their child's needs with their school. A standard authorisation form is available for schools to use although some schools do produce variations of this form for parents to complete.