HC Deb 28 July 1997 vol 299 c51W
Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what guidelines and controls exist regarding the issuing of medication within schools; and if he will make a statement. [10540]

Ms Estelle Morris

The Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974 places duties on employers, usually the local education authority or governing body in schools, for the health and safety of their employees and anyone else on the premises. Employers are responsible for ensuring the safety of all pupils, and schools must have a written health and safety policy.

Circular 14/96, which was sent to all schools and LEAs in England in October 1996, offered advice on their legal responsibilities for pupils with medical needs. The Department has also produced good practice guidance to help schools put their own policies and procedures in place. Individual decisions about giving medication are best made at the local level.

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