Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions
The County Council’s Corporate Health and Safety Team has prepared this guidance in consultation with paediatricians from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. It chiefly refers to essential prescribed medication. The contents fully complement information contained in the Department for Education’s (DfE’s) document entitled ‘Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions’ which was published in April 2014. It also supersedes the document ‘Policy on Supporting Children with Medical Needs’ which the Council published in July 1999. Schools should dispose of all previous copies of the latter guidance.
The DfE’s recently published guidance cited above fully supersedes its previous document ‘Managing Medicines in Schools and Early Years Settings’ which was published in March 2005 and revised in 2007. Heads and governors should note that from 1 September 2014 section 100 of the Children and Families Act 2014 will place a statutory duty on governing bodies (rather than Local Authorities) to ensure that arrangements are in place to support pupils with medical conditions whilst they are at school.
The County Council’s policy (below) has taken full account of the aforementioned DfE document. Schools are recommended to treat NCC’s policy as a template and adapt it as they see fit. This approach is similar to that adopted for the Model School Safety Policy.
This will ensure that governing bodies have accurate, up-to-date information and guarantee that no statutory requirements to which they must adhere have been overlooked. Additionally, by implementing robust arrangements governors can be satisfied that such measures align with their wider safeguarding duties.