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Supporting Pupils with Medication Needs

This Guidance has been published to aid schools in supporting pupils with medication needs, and in particular, to provide sound protocols to enable these medication needs to be appropriately managed.

There is no overarching legal duty upon School Staff to administer medication.  This guidance does not alter in any way the right of staff not to volunteer.  Neither does this guidance prevent the drawing up of any individual employment contracts between the Education Authority or schools and their staff, which include specific duties involving the administration of medication.

Supporting Pupils with Medication Needs PDF 300kb

Please note that the PDF above has been revised to incorporate the addendum regarding school doctors that issued with the printed guidance in April 2008.

The following forms contained within the Guidance may also be downloaded for convenience.

Form AM1 Medication Plan

Form AM2  Request for a school to Administer Medicine

Form AM3 Template for Request for Pupil to Carry Medicine

Form AM4 Record of Medicine Administered to Individual Children

Form AM5 Record of Medicines Administered

Form AM6 Template for a record of Medical Training for Staff

Form AM7 Authorisation for Administration of Rectal Diazepam

Medical Needs Sample Contact Sheet

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety has also published guidance in relation to "The Management of Anaphylaxis in Educational Establishments".

The Department of Health and Social Services, in partnership with DE has developed an addendum to Supporting Pupils with Medication Needs in relation to ”Guidance for the use of Emergency Salbutamol Inhalers in Schools (Updated June 2015)"

If you have any queries in connection with the Guidance please contact

Special Education Team
Room G17A
Department of Education
43 Balloo Road
Co Down
BT19 7PR

Or telephone local: 028 9127 9942
Telephone international: +44 (0)28 9127 9942

The Department is currently in the process of making substantial changes to the primary SEN legislation, the Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1996. This will in turn lead to changes in subordinate legislation, the Code of Practice on the Identification and Assessment of SEN and the Parent’s Guide. Any references in linked legislation or documents which mention the Education and Library Boards/ELBs/Boards should be taken as a reference to the Education Authority.”