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Responsibility of school staff for administering medicines

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Last updated on 1 December 2016
School types: All · School phases: All
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Can staff refuse to administer medication to pupils? This article looks at the DfE's guidance on supporting pupils with medical conditions, and at advice from a union on administering medicines. It also looks at examples of school policies covering staff administering medicine.

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  1. 1 Asking staff to administer medicines
  2. 2 Staff must receive training to administer medicines
  3. 3 'Competent’ pupils may manage their own medical needs
  4. 4 What if staff do not volunteer to administer medicines?
  5. 5 School policies referring to staff administering medicines: examples

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