Administering medicines: staff responsibilities
Find out what the requirements are for staff administering medicines to pupils at school, and what to do if you don't have enough trained staff.
This article is based on the Department for Education's (DfE's) statutory guidance on supporting pupils with medical conditions at school.
Staff can refuse to administer medicines
You can ask teachers or other staff member to administer medicines to pupils, but they can refuse to do so. Bear in mind that teachers' professional duties don't include administering medicines or providing medical care.
However, teachers should take into consideration the needs of pupils with medical conditions that they teach.
Refer to your policy
Your school is required to have a policy that clearly states how you're supporting pupils with medical conditions, including the roles and responsibilities of all staff involved.
See also examples of schools' policies for administering medicines in this article.
Staff must be appropriately trained before giving