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Administering Medicines
While   it   is   not   our   policy   to   care   for   sick   children,   who   should   be   at   home   until   they   are   well   enough   to   return   to   the   setting,   we   will   agree   to   administer   medication   as   part   of   maintaining   their   health   and   well-being   or   when   they   are recovering from an illness. In   many   cases,   it   is   possible   for   children’s   GP’s   to   prescribe   medicine   that   can   be   taken   at   home   in   the   morning   and   evening.   As   far   as   possible,   administering   medicines   will   only   be   done   where   it   would   be   detrimental   to   the   child’s health   if   not   given   in   the   setting.   If   a   child   has   not   had   a   medication   before,   it   is   advised   that   the   parent   keeps   the   child   at   home   for   the   first   48   hours   to   ensure   no   adverse   effect   as   well   as   to   give   time   for   the   medication   to   take effect. These procedures are written in line with current guidance in ‘Managing Medicines in Schools and Early Years Settings; the manager is responsible for ensuring all staff understand and follow these procedures. The   key   person   or   manager   is   responsible   for   the   correct   administration   of   medication   to   children.   This   includes   ensuring   that   parent   consent   forms   have   been   completed,   that   medicines   are   stored   correctly   and   that   records   are kept according to procedures. In the absence of the key person, the manager is responsible for the overseeing of administering medication. Procedures Children taking prescribed medication must be well enough to attend the setting. If prescribed medication is provided. It must be in-date and prescribed for the current condition. Children’s paracetamol (un-prescribed) can be administered only for children with the verbal consent of the parents in the case of a high temperature to prevent febrile convulsions Children's prescribed medicines are stored in their original containers, are clearly labelled and are inaccessible to the children. Parents   give   prior   written   permission   for   the   administration   of   medication.   The   staff   receiving   the   medication   must   ask   the   parent   to   sign   a   consent   form   stating   the   following   information.   No   medication   may   be   given   without these details being provided: full name of child and date of birth; name of medication and strength; who prescribed it; dosage to be given in the setting; any possible side effects that may be expected should be noted; and signature, printed name of parent and date. The administration is recorded accurately each time it is given and is signed by staff. Parents sign the record book to acknowledge the administration of a medicine. Storage of medicines All medication is stored safely out of reach of children and where necessary in a   refrigerator in a marked container, out of reach of children. The child’s key person is responsible for ensuring medicine is handed back at the end of the day to the parent. For   some   conditions,   medication   may   be   kept   in   the   setting.   Key   persons   check   that   any   medication   held   to   administer   on   an   as   and   when   required   basis,   or   on   a   regular   basis,   is   in   date   and   returns   any   out-of-date   medication back to the parent. If the administration of prescribed medication requires medical knowledge, individual training is provided for the relevant member of staff by a health professional. If rectal diazepam is given another member of staff must be present and co-signs the record book. No child may self-administer. Where children are capable of understanding when they need medication, for example with asthma, they should be encouraged to tell their key person what they need. However, this does not replace staff vigilance in knowing and responding when a child requires medication Children who have long term medical conditions and who may require on-going medication A   risk   assessment   is   carried   out   for   each   child   with   long   term   medical   conditions   that   require   on-going   medication.   This   is   the   responsibility   of   the   manager   alongside   the   key   person.   Other   medical   or   social   care   personnel   may need to be involved in the risk assessment. Parents will also contribute to a risk assessment. They should be shown around the setting, understand the routines and activities and point out anything which they think may be a risk factor for their child. For   some   medical   conditions   key   staff   will   need   to   have   training   in   a   basic   understanding   of   the   condition   as   well   as   how   the   medication   is   to   be   administered   correctly.   The   training   needs   for   staff   is   part   of   the   risk assessment. The risk assessment includes vigorous activities and any other pre-school activity that may give cause for concern regarding an individual child’s health needs. The risk assessment includes arrangements for taking medicines on outings and the child’s GP’s advice is sought if necessary where there are concerns. A health care plan for the child is drawn up with the parent; outlining the key person’s role and what information must be shared with other staff who care for the child. The health care plan should include the measures to be taken in an emergency. The health care plan is reviewed every six months or more if necessary. This includes reviewing the medication, e.g. changes to the medication or the dosage, any side effects noted etc. Parents receive a copy of the health care plan and each contributor, including the parent, signs it. References to other relevant policies: Safeguarding Children & Child Protection, Confidentiality & Client Access to records, Information Sharing, Valuing Diversity & Promoting Equality , Achieving Positive Behaviour, The Role of the Key Person, Children’s Records Policy Monitoring and Evaluation Information This policy will be monitored and evaluated as per our rolling programme at staff meetings. It will be reviewed annually by the Chairperson in conjunction with the staff team and Committee unless new legislation or an incident occurs which requires an immediate review of the policy    This policy was adopted on: July 2017