Administration of medicines in schools research

Author: Scotlandís Commissioner for Children and Young People
Categories: Basic Health and Welfare, Education and Leisure and Cultural Activities

1st October 2013

Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People has published new research on the administration of medicines in schools.

The administration of medicines and healthcare procedures in schools has been identified as an area of particular concern by:

  • children and young people with disabilities
  • parents
  • professionals with experience of current practice.

The full research includes:

  • A study by Kelly Stone (With Scotland, University of Stirling) into the views of parents and carers of children and young people who need medication at school. This study looks in particular at the impact current practice has on school and family life.
  • A small-scale study by Becki Lancaster exploring policy and practice in schools through a survey of 300 schools across a sample of nine local authorities.
  • A paper reporting on responses to a Freedom of Information request by the Commissioner's office to explore how far current guidance on the administration of medicines in schools is being met and to gain an insight into current policies and practice.

Access each of the above here.