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Home >> Information >> Policies >> 10. Health and Safety - Including Administration of Medicine, First Aid & Supporting Students with Medical Conditions

Published on - 12-02-2015

10. Health and Safety - Including Administration of Medicine, First Aid & Supporting Students with Medical Conditions

Included: Appendix 1: Administration of Medicines / Appendix 2: First Aid /    Appendix 3: Supporting Students with Medical Conditions

Statement of Intent
It is our policy to carry out our activities in such a way as to ensure so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of our employees and all persons likely to be affected by our activities including the general public where appropriate.  We will co-operate and co-ordinate with partnerships, contractors, sub-contractors, employers, Hampshire County Council departments and the occupiers and owners of premises and land where we are commissioned to work in order to pursue our Health and Safety Policy aims.

Our aims are to:

  • Provide and maintain a safe and healthy working environment ensuring the welfare of all persons, staff and students                        
  • Maintain control of health and safety risks arising from the schools activities
  • Comply with statutory requirements as a minimum standard of safety for all
  • Consult with all staff on matters affecting their health, safety and welfare
  • Provide and maintain safe systems, equipment and machinery
  • Ensure safe handling, storage and use of substances
  • Provide appropriate information, instruction and supervision for everyone
  • Ensure staff are suitably trained and competent to do their work safely
  • Continually develop a safety culture to remove or reduce the possibility of accidents,  injuries and ill-health
  • Assess risks, record significant findings and monitor safety arrangements
  • Review and revise safety policies and procedures periodically and when  circumstances may introduce a requirement to amend or improve arrangements
  • Develop and maintain a positive health and safety culture through regular  communication and consultation with employees and their representatives in respect of health and safety matters

Our health and safety management system has been developed to ensure that the above commitments can be met.  All staff and governors will be instrumental in its implementation.


ORGANISATION

Employer Responsibility
The overall responsibility for health and safety at Brighton Hill Community School is held by Hampshire County Council who will:

  • Ensure that health and safety has a high profile
  • Ensure adequate resources for health and safety are made available
  • Consult and advise staff regarding health and safety requirements & arrangements
  • Periodically monitor and review local health and safety arrangements

Responsible Manager

The responsible manager for the premises is the Headteacher who will act to:

  • Develop a safety culture throughout the school
  • Consult staff and provide information, training and instruction so that staff are able to perform their various tasks safely and effectively
  • Assess and control risk on the premises as part of everyday management
  • Ensure Health & Safety accidents, incidents and near misses are recorded and investigated
  • Ensure a safe and healthy environment and provide suitable welfare facilities
  • Make operational decisions regarding health and safety
  • Ensure periodic safety tours and inspections are carried out
  • Ensure significant hazards are risk assessed and risks are managed to prevent harm
  • Ensure staff are aware of their health and safety responsibilities
  • Periodically update governing bodies as appropriate
  • Produce, monitor and periodically review all local safety policies and procedures
  • Attend Health & Safety meetings when required

All Staff
All staff have a statutory obligation to co-operate with the requirements of this policy and to take care of their own health and safety and that of others affected by their activities by:

  • Supporting the school health and safety arrangements and policies
  • Ensuring their own work area remains safe at all times
  • Not interfering with health and safety arrangements or misusing equipment
  • Complying with all safety procedures, whether written or verbally advised, for their own protection and the protection of those who may be affected by their actions
  • Reporting safety concerns to the staff representative (Assistant to the Staffing & Business Leader) or other appropriate person (Site Manager)
  • Reporting any incident that has led, or could have led to damage or injury
  • Assisting in investigations due to accidents, dangerous occurrences or near-misses
  • Not acting or omitting to act in any way that may cause harm or ill-health to others

Site Manager
The site manager is responsible for undertaking a wide range of typical health and safety related duties on behalf of, and under the direction of the Headteacher. They will work within the parameters of any provided training and in accordance with risk assessments and the on-site safe working practices.  They will work within their level of competence and seek appropriate guidance and direction from the Headteacher and/or the Children’s Services Health & Safety Team as required.
 
On-Site Health & Safety Officer
The Assistant to the Staffing & Business Leader is the on-site health & safety officer to the school will manage, advise and co-ordinate local safety matters on behalf of, and under the direction of the Headteacher.  They are to work within their level of competence and seek appropriate guidance and direction from the Headteacher and/or the Children’s Services Health & Safety Team as required.

All Teachers / Cover Teachers/ Support Staff
The responsibility of applying local safety procedures on a day-to-day basis rests with the teachers/cover teachers/Support staff.  Where any new process or operation is introduced in the area of their responsibility, they are to liaise appropriately so that the associated risks are assessed and any precautions deemed necessary are implemented.  They are to ensure that all new members of staff under their control are instructed in their own individual responsibilities with regards to health and safety, and they will appropriately monitor those new staff.  They are to make periodic inspections of their areas of responsibility, taking prompt remedial action where necessary to control risk.

Health & Safety Committee
The purpose of the Health & Safety committee is to assist in the assessment of safety related matters and provide appropriate support to the headteacher.  The health & safety committee meets once every term (ie, 3 times per year) to monitor and discuss on-site health and safety performance, and recommend any actions necessary should this performance appear or prove to be unsatisfactory.  Health & Safety Committee staff will be kept informed of all changes in practices and procedures, new guidance, accidents, incidents and risk related matters.  The health & safety committee consists of at least 4 members of staff.  Any health & safety issues and accidents are then reported to the Finance & Environment Committee which meet twice per term (6 times per year) and members consist of 5 governors and the Staffing & Business Leader who reports any matters.

Fire Safety Co-ordinator
The Network Manager is the fire safety co-ordinator who is the competent person for fire safety on the premises and acts on behalf of the head teacher.  He has attended the fire safety co-ordinator training course and will refresh this training every three years.  The fire safety co-ordinator is responsible for the local management and completion of day-to-day fire safety related duties and upkeep of the fire safety manual.  
The fire safety co-ordinator is to work within their level of competence and seek appropriate guidance and direction from the headteacher and/or the Children’s Services Health & Safety Team as required.

Facilities Management Trained Staff
The facility management trained member of staff is the Site Manager and is the competent person for the overall management of general premises facilities and acts on behalf of the Headteacher.  They have attended the facilities management training course and will refresh this training every six years.  They are responsible for the local management and completion of day-to-day premises matters and duties.  They work within their level of competence and seek appropriate guidance and direction from the Headteacher and/or the Children’s Services Health & Safety Team as required.

Health & Safety Representative
The premises health and safety representative is the Assistant to the Staffing & Business Leader and will represent the staff with regard to their health and safety at work.  They are expected to promote a positive safety culture throughout the premises and carry out the health and safety duties appropriate to their role in accordance with current guidance and legislative requirements.

Heads of Faculty & Heads of Year
The Heads of Faculty and Heads of Year are responsible for the day-to-day local management of health and safety within their own departments, acting on behalf of the Headteacher.  They will ensure that staff are provided with adequate safety information and they will manage all integral and specific risks relating to the department’s functions.  They will ensure the department complies with overall school policies and procedures; that all activities are periodically risk assessed, periodic inspections are carried out, and necessary controls are implemented.

Legionella Competent Person
The Site Manager is the nominated competent person for Legionella on the premises and acts on behalf of the Headteacher to provide the necessary competence to enable Legionella to be managed safely.  They annually complete the Legionella e-learning course and all training records are retained. 
The Legionella competent person will ensure that all periodic and exceptional recording, flushing, cleaning and general Legionella management tasks are correctly completed and recorded in accordance with departmental and corporate requirements.  They will advise the Headteacher of any condition or situation relating to Legionella which may affect the safety of any premises users.  They work within their level of competence and seek appropriate guidance and direction from the Headteacher and/or the Children’s Services Health & Safety Team as required.

Asbestos Competent Person
The Site Manager is the nominated responsible person for asbestos on the premises and acts on behalf of the responsible manager/Headteacher to provide the necessary competence to enable asbestos to be managed safely in accordance with the Corporate Procedure.  They annually complete the asbestos e-learning course and all training records are retained. 
The asbestos competent person will ensure that all staff have a reasonable awareness of asbestos management and dangers.  They ensure that the appropriate staff are competent in the use of the asbestos register and that asbestos is managed in accordance with departmental and corporate requirements.  They will advise the responsible manager/Headteacher of any condition or situation relating to asbestos which may affect the safety of any premises users.  They will work within their level of competence and seek appropriate guidance and direction from the responsible manager/Headteacher and/or the Children’s Services Health & Safety Team as required.  Liaise with contractors working on site if deemed necessary.
Accident Investigator
The on-site trained accident investigator was the Flexible Learning Centre Manager and will be the new Head of Student Services in the new structure from 1 January 2017 (Training needed) who will lead on all accident investigations in accordance with departmental and corporate procedures and feeds reports back to the Staffing & Business Leader.

ARRANGEMENTS

The following arrangements for health and safety have been developed in accordance with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.  These arrangements set out all the health and safety provisions for Brighton Hill Community School and will be used alongside other current school procedures & policies.
In carrying out their normal functions, it is the duty of all managers and staff to act and do everything possible to prevent injury and ill-health to others.  This will be achieved in so far as is reasonably practicable, by the implementation of these arrangements and procedures.

Accident/Incident Reporting & Investigation
The on-site management, reporting and investigation of accidents, incidents and near misses are carried out in accordance with departmental and corporate policy requirements.

Any accident, incident or injury involving staff, visitors, contractors, and the more serious accidents/incidents are to be reported and recorded on the HCC Accident/Incident reporting form (on line or via the paper version stored in the Welfare Office).  If the paper version is used then it will need to be added on to the on line system as soon as practical).

A copy of the completed form is then automatically sent to Children’s Services Health & Safety Team the person reporting the incident and the manager will receive a request to carry out an investigation and a link to record this on.  The purpose and intended outcome of the investigation is to identify the immediate and underlying causes of the accident so as to be able to implement appropriate measures to prevent reoccurrence

Minor accidents to pupils are recorded via the BHCS website Learning Zone via the on-line accident book accessible to all staff for completion.  Alerts of any incidents recorded are emailed to the Attendance Officer and the Staffing & Business Leader.  There is also an Accident Book which can be completed if the on-line version is not available.  This could then be uploaded on line as soon as practicable.
The more serious accidents that are notifiable to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) will be notified to the Children’s Services Health & Safety Team for them to report.  A copy of the form will then be created by CSHST and sent to the HSE. 

The responsible manager/headteacher will ensure the governing body /senior management is appropriately informed of all incidents of a serious nature.  All accident/incident reports are monitored by the Finance & Environment Committee 6 times per year for trend analysis in order that repetitive causal factors may be identified to prevent reoccurrences. This is also discussed at the termly health & Safety Committee meetings.

Premises hirers and community/extended service/third party users must report all incidents related to unsafe premises or equipment to the school staff, who will appropriately report and investigate each incident.  Incidents related to the user’s own organised activities are to be reported by them in line with their own reporting procedures.

Asbestos Management
Asbestos management on site is controlled by the Nominated responsible Person.  The asbestos register as issued by the Asbestos Team is located at reception and is to be shown to all contractors who may need to carry out work on site. Contractors must sign the register as evidence of sighting prior to being permitted to commence any work on site.

The Responsible Manager and the Nominated Responsible Person must complete the asbestos checklist relevant to their role (one for each role) when they are appointed. Copies of these must be retained with the asbestos register.

Any changes to the premises’ structure that may affect the asbestos register information will be notified to the Asbestos Team order that the asbestos register may be updated accordingly.
Under no circumstances must staff drill or affix anything to walls that may disturb materials without first checking the register and/or obtaining approval from the nominated responsible person.

Any damage to any structure that possibly contains asbestos, which is known or identified during inspection, should be immediately reported to the responsible manager/headteacher and/or the asbestos nominated responsible person who will immediately act to cordon off the affected area and contact the Asbestos Team for guidance.  Any contractor suspected to be carrying out any unauthorised work on the fabric of the building should be immediately stopped from working and immediately reported to the responsible manager/ headteacher and/or asbestos competent person.

Community Users/Lettings
The Headteacher will ensure that:

  • Third parties and other extended service users operate under hire agreements
  • A risk assessment for the activity is completed using RATF-047A or RATF-047B
  • The premises is safe for use and is always inspected prior to, and after each use
  • Means of general access and egress are safe for use by all users 
  • All provided equipment is safe for use
  • Fire escape routes and transit areas are safe and clear of hazards
  • Hirers/users are formally made aware of fire safety procedures and equipment

Contractors on Site
HCC approved contractors are always to be used for contractual work on the premises.  Where non-HCC approved contractors may be required or selected for use then appropriate safe selection procedures are to be used to ascertain competence prior to engaging their services.  The departmental CSAF-013 Safe Selection of Contractors Checklist is to be used to determine competence of non-HCC contractors who will require adequate risk assessments to demonstrate their safe working practices for specific work being undertaken.
All contractors must report to the main reception where they will be logged in and given photo identification on a red lanyard which must be worn, and then sign the asbestos register. In holiday periods they will be asked to sign the visitor’s book and asbestos register, and will be shown which toilets to use and any areas that are out of bounds.
All contractors will be issued with the local written contractor induction brief that includes all relevant details of fire safety procedures & local safety arrangements.

Host staff are responsible for monitoring work areas and providing appropriate supervision, more so where the contractor’s work may directly affect staff and pupils on the premises.

Curriculum Activities
All safety management and risk assessments for curriculum based activities will be carried out under the control of the relevant Heads of Faculty and subject teachers using the appropriate codes of practice and safe working procedural guidance for Technology, Science, Physical Education, IT, Humanities, Modern Languages, Maths and English as issued by CLEAPSS, HIAS and Hampshire County Council.  Heads of Faculty and the appropriate subject teachers will be responsible for local risk management and ensuring that maintenance of equipment and premises in their areas of the curriculum are managed safely following the appropriate guidance.

Display Screen Equipment
All staff who regularly use DSE equipment must complete the display screen equipment e-learning course every year without exception.  All users must carry out periodic workstation assessments using CSAF-001 Workstation Assessment Form.  Workstation assessments will be actioned as necessary by line managers and routinely reviewed at intervals not exceeding three years.

Electrical Equipment
The headteacher will ensure that:

  • Only authorised and competent persons are permitted to install or repair equipment
  • Where 13-amp sockets are in use, only one plug per socket is permitted
  • Equipment is not to be used if found to be defective in any way
  • Defective equipment is to be reported & immediately taken out of use until repaired
  • All portable electrical equipment will be inspected/tested at intervals of 12months
  • Equipment testing/inspection can only be carried out by a competent person. 
  • The competent persons to be used are Stuart Bavage (Site Manager) and Jem Cooper (Site Services Assistant)
  • Private electrical equipment is not to be brought onto the premises or used unless its use is approved by management and it has been tested
  • New equipment must be advised to the Site Manager in order that it can be added to future PAT testing schedules

Any defective or suspected defective equipment, systems of work, fittings etc must be reported to the Site Manager and attended to as soon as possible.

Emergency Procedures
General emergency evacuation for non-fire related emergencies is to be carried out in accordance with the emergency evacuation plan.  There is a fire emergency plan for fire related emergencies and an emergency evacuation plan for all non-fire emergencies. 
All staff will receive a copy of the fire evacuation plan at induction, and they will be periodically provided with updated information as the emergency evacuation plan is routinely reviewed and amendments are introduced.
Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans are completed, provided and exercised for any vulnerable persons to be able to ensure safe, assisted evacuation in the event of an emergency incident.
Fire Safety
Arrangements regarding fire safety are set out in the Fire Safety Manual.  The fire safety co-ordinator (ICT Network Manager) is the competent person for fire safety on the premises and is the immediate point of contact for all fire safety related enquiries on site.
The Headteacher/Staffing & Business Leader will ensure through the fire safety co-ordinator that:

  • All staff complete the mandatory fire safety induction e-learning course every year
  • Fire safety procedures are readily available for all staff to read 
  • Fire safety information is provided to all staff at induction and periodically thereafter 
  • Fire safety notices are posted in the key areas of the building close to the fire points  
  • Evacuation routes and assembly points are clearly identified
  • Staff are aware of their own responsibilities for knowing the location of fire points and fire exits. They should also know the location of the assembly point in the event of fire
  • All staff are familiar with the flammable potential of materials and substances that they use and exercise maximum care in their use, especially with those marked flammable
  • Fire evacuation procedures, fire safety training and fire alarm testing are carried out in accordance with corporate guidance and the premises fire safety manual
  • The fire risk assessment is reviewed annually by the fire safety co-ordinator and amended as new hazards or required amendments are identified

First Aid
Arrangements regarding first aid provision are set out in the First Aid Policy.  The names and locations of the first aid trained staff on site are listed in the first aid policy and also clearly signposted around the school. 
First aid will never to be administered by anyone except first aid trained staff with in-date training certification, operating within the parameters of their training.

General Equipment
All general equipment requiring statutory inspection and/or testing on site (eg. boilers, hoists, lifting equipment, local exhaust ventilation, PE equipment, climbing apparatus) will be inspected by appropriate competent contractors as provided by the term contractor under PBRS arrangements, or as locally arranged. 
Equipment is not to be used if found to be defective in any way.  Defective equipment is to be reported and immediately taken out of use until repairs can be carried out.

Good Housekeeping
Tidiness, cleanliness and efficiency are essential factors in the promotion of good health and safety. The following conditions are to be adhered to at all times:

  • All corridors and passageways are kept free from obstruction
  • Shelves in storerooms and cupboards are stacked neatly and not overloaded
  • Floors are kept clean and dry, and free from slip and trip hazards
  • Emergency exits and fire doors are not obstructed in any way
  • Supplies are stored safely in their correct locations
  • Rubbish and litter are cleaned and removed at the end of each working day
  • Poor housekeeping or hygiene conditions are immediately reported

Hazardous Substances
Hazardous substances, materials, chemicals and cleaning liquids are not permitted to be used or brought into use on site unless a documented COSHH assessment has been undertaken by the trained COSHH assessor, and the product has been approved for safe use on site by the head teacher.  The premises COSHH assessor acting on behalf of the head teacher is The Site Manager. 
When using a harmful substance, whether it is a material, cleaning fluid or chemical substance, staff must ensure that adequate precautions are taken to prevent ill-health in accordance with the COSHH assessment completed for that hazardous substance.  Staff must never attempt to use a harmful substance unless adequately trained to do so, and then only when using the safe working practices and protective equipment identified in the COSHH assessment. 
All hazardous substances are to be stored in the secure and signed storage when not in use which is at  the store cupboard in the Community Hall (Cleaning substances) and Chemical Store in Science for the chemicals for this premises.  This is to remain locked at all times.

Inspections and Monitoring
Daily monitoring of the premises, through working routines and staff awareness, is expected to identify general safety concerns and issues which should be immediately reported via BHCS Site Services Help Desk on line forms. These will be reviewed daily and allocated to one of the Site Services team for action or if it cannot be dealt with in-house, passed on to the Property Services main contractor. 
Monitoring and inspections of individual departments will be carried out by Heads of Faculty and/or the subject teachers as nominated by the Heads of Faculty.
Routine documented inspections of the premises will be carried out every 6- 8 weeks (during holiday periods) in accordance with the premises monthly inspection schedule.  Inspection findings are recorded on CSAF-005/CSAF-010 Monthly Premises Safety Inspection Checklist and the Site Inspection spreadsheet.
Defects identified during these routine documented inspections are immediately reported to The Site Manager and recorded on the Site Inspection spreadsheet.
Any identified high level risks or safety management concerns will be actioned at Leadership Team meeting (8am every working day) and reported to early morning briefing at 8.15am if all staff need urgent notification.
Periodic detailed inspections of the premises’ safety management system will be carried out every year by the Staffing & Business Leader.  These documented inspections will examine all areas of the safety management system and will be carried out using the locally adapted CSAF-004/CSAF-011 Annual H&S Inspection Checklist.

Kitchens
The main kitchen area is only to be used by authorised staff in accordance with the identified safe working procedures.  Authority and procedures for local management of the main kitchen is run by the Kitchen Manager through Catering Academy.
Any persons not normally authorised but wishing to enter the kitchen area must gain approval prior to entry and must strictly adhere to the kitchen safe working practices.
Safe working procedures and authorised access for other kitchen areas, canteens, food preparation areas are set by Catering Academy with their own written procedures in line with Policy guidelines.

Legionella Management
Legionella management on site is controlled by the Legionella competent person who will manage and undertake all procedures regarding Legionella in accordance with Children’s Services Safety Guidance Procedure SGP 13-07.  Records of all related training, flushing, temperature monitoring, cleaning and defects are to be retained for auditing purposes.

Lone Working
All lone working is approved by the Headteacher and is to be carried out in accordance with the premises lone working risk assessment and the local written procedures.  The lone working arrangements for staff who may undertake lone working on this site are to refer to CSG Guidance Procedure 03/07 and complete Lone Working risk Assessment 11 available from the Assistant to the Staffing & Business Leader.

Minibus
The Site Manager is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the minibus in accordance with requirements set out in the HCC corporate Minibus Policy.  All minibus drivers must have a D1 on their Driving Licence and completed MIDAS training prior to being permitted to drive the minibus.

Moving and Handling
All staff must complete the moving and handling e-learning course every year without exception.  Staff are not permitted to regularly handle or move unreasonably heavy or awkward items, equipment or children unless they have attended specific moving and handling training and/or have been provided with mechanical aids in order to work safely. 
Any significant moving and handling tasks are to be specifically risk assessed in order that training requirements and mechanical aids can be accurately determined to ensure that the task is carried out safely.  The Site Manager is expected to undertake regular physical work which would typically include significant moving and handling, so therefore he must attend a formal moving and handling course specific to the work requirements.

Off-site Activities
Arrangements regarding off-site activities are managed in accordance with the Outdoor Education Service’s procedures and guidance.

Provision of Information
The Headteacher will ensure that information systems are established so that staff are periodically provided with information regarding safety arrangements on the premises.  These systems are set out in the Safeguarding Policy number 16a and any further information is provided by email distribution or the daily early morning briefing at 8.15am.
Local health and safety advice is available from the Staffing & Business Leader and the Children’s Services Health & Safety Team can provide both general and specialist advice.

The Health and Safety Law poster is displayed in the Staff Room and Staffing & Business Leader’s Office.

Risk Assessment
General risk assessment management will be co-ordinated by the Assistant to the Staffing & Business Leader in accordance with guidance contained in the Children’s Services Safety Guidance Procedure SGP 01-07. 
Risk assessments must be undertaken for all areas where a significant risk is identified or a possibility of such risk exists. 
The trained risk assessor on site is the Site Manager and they will oversee the correct completion of risk assessments as appropriate.  Risk assessments will be carried out by those staff with the appropriate knowledge and understanding in each area of work. 

All risk assessments and associated control measures are to be approved by the Assistant to the Staffing & Business Leader prior to implementation.

Completed risk assessments are listed in the Risk Register and will be reviewed at every Health & Safety meeting (once a term) in accordance with each risk assessment’s review date as listed for review in the premises bring-up diary system.

Security
Arrangements regarding security are based on the premises security risk assessment and are set out in the on-site security policy & procedures which include emergency unlock routines.

Smoking
Smoking is not permitted on the premises (and grounds), including e-cigarettes.

Stress & Wellbeing
Brighton Hill Community School is committed to promoting high levels of health and wellbeing and recognises the importance of identifying & reducing workplace stressors.
Stress management through risk assessment and appropriate consultation with staff will be periodically reviewed and acted upon in accordance with the Children’s Services’ and Health & Safety Executive’s Management Standards, guidance and requirements. 
On-site arrangements to monitor, consult and reduce stress situations for staff are to refer to CSG Guidance procedure 05/07 and complete stress risk assessment number 10. Staff also complete the Staff Wellbeing Questionnaire once per year. The completed assessments would then be analysed by the Head teacher and discussed at the Personnel Committee for any further action.

Traffic Management
Arrangements regarding on-site traffic safety are based on the premises traffic risk assessment and are set out in the on-site traffic policy and procedures.

Training
Health and safety induction training will be provided and recorded for all new staff in accordance with the CSAF-017 New Staff Health & Safety Induction Checklist. 
The Headteacher is responsible for ensuring that all staff are provided with adequate information, instruction and training regarding their safety at work.  A training needs analysis will be carried out from which a comprehensive health and safety training plan will be developed and maintained to ensure health and safety training is effectively managed for all staff who require it.

All staff will be provided with following as a minimum training provision:

  • Induction training regarding all the requirements of this health and safety policy
  • Appropriate local training regarding risk assessments and safe working practices
  • Updated training and information following any significant health and safety change
  • Specific training commensurate to their own role and activities
  • Periodic refresher training that will not exceed three yearly intervals
  • Appropriate annual e-learning courses to meet HCC mandatory corporate training requirements

Training records are held by the Assistant to the Staffing & Business Leader who is responsible for co-ordinating all health and safety training requirements, maintaining the health and safety training plan, and managing the planning of refresher training for all staff.
 
Violent Incidents
Violent, aggressive, threatening or intimidating behaviour towards staff, whether verbal, written, electronic or physical, will not be tolerated at Brighton Hill Community School.
Staff must report all such violent and aggressive incidents to ensure that there is an awareness of potential issues and/or injuries, and so as to enable incidents to be appropriately investigated so that reasonable actions may be taken to support those involved and reduce the risk of similar incidents occurring in the future. 
Violent incident reporting is completely confidential.  Violent and aggressive incidents are to be reported using the incident reporting system and these forms are reviewed by the Senior Leadership Team at the end of every term.

Visitors
All visitors must initially report to the main reception where they will be provided with the key health, safety and fire safety information to enable them to act appropriately and safely in the event of an incident. 
Visitors to the premises will be provided with Health & Safety for Visitors leaflet (including safeguarding information), photo identification badge with red lanyard.

Work at Height
Work at height is undertaken in accordance with the Children’s Services Safety Guidance Procedure SGP 23-08.  At Brighton Hill Community School general work at height will be undertaken in accordance with the on-site generic risk assessment for work at height which identifies general requirements and safe working practices.  Specific or higher risk tasks will be carried out in accordance with a specific risk assessment for that task.
The competent person for work at height on the premises who has attended the Caretaker Support Service Ladder & Stepladder Safety half-day course is the Site Manager and they are authorised to:

  • Use steps, stepladders and leaning ladders in accordance with their training 
  • Provide step stool instructional training briefs to staff in accordance with SGP 23-08
  • Provide stepladder and steps training to staff using the Children’s Services Stepladder & Steps Safety user training presentation
  • Carry out periodic inspections of all on-site ladders, stepladders and podium steps
  • Remove access equipment from use if defective or considered inappropriate for use

The competent person for work at height and all other staff are not permitted to use any other access equipment for work at height without specific training.  This includes the use of scaffolding, mobile towers and mobile elevated work platforms.
Work at height on the premises is only permitted to take place under the following conditions:

  • Any work to be carried out at height must be underpinned by a risk assessment
  • Access equipment selected for work at height must be as per the risk assessment
  • Any staff working at height must be appropriately trained to use the access equipment
  • Staff are not to improvise or use alternative access methods of their own choice
  • Use of any furniture, including tables and chairs, is forbidden for any work at height
  • Staff may only use step stools if they have received a local instructional training brief
  • Staff may only use stepladders if they have received training from the ladder and stepladder competent person 
  • Staff may only use leaning ladders if they have personally attended the Caretaker Support Service Ladder & Stepladder Safety half-day course within every three years
  • Any safety concerns about a work at height task must be raised prior to work starting
  • Access equipment used on site such as ladders and stepladders must only be that provided and are never to be lent to, or borrowed from third parties or contractors
  • Contractors working at height are to be appropriately supervised and must only use their own access equipment

Appendices
A. Safeguarding Policy
B. Child Protection Policy
C. Emergency Evacuation Plan
D. Fire Safety Manual
E. First Aid Policy
F. Physical Restraint Policy
G. On-Site Security Policy & Procedures
H. Staff Training Induction & Development

Last Ratified:  March 2015
Next review date:   November 2017
Agreed: November 2016


Appendix 1:   Administration of Medicines Policy

Policy Statement

Brighton Hill Community School will undertake to ensure compliance with the relevant legislation and guidance in Health Guidance for Schools with regard to procedures for supporting children with medical requirements, including managing medicines.  Responsibility for all administration of medicines at Brighton Hill Community School is held by the Headteacher who is the responsible manager.
It is our policy to ensure that all medical information will be treated confidentially by the responsible manager and staff.  All administration of medicines is arranged and managed in accordance with the Health Guidance for Schools document.  All staff have a duty of care to follow and co-operate with the requirements of this policy.

Aims & Objectives
Our administration of medicine requirements will be achieved by:

  • Establishing principles for safe practice in the management and administration of:
    • prescribed medicines
    • non-prescribed medicines
    • maintenance drugs
    • emergency medicine
  • Providing clear guidance to all staff on the administration of medicines
  • Ensuring that there are sufficient numbers of appropriately trained staff to manage and administer medicines
  • Ensuring that there are suitable and sufficient facilities and equipment available to aid the safe management and administration of medicines
  • Ensuring the above provisions are clear and shared with all who may require them
  • Ensuring the policy is reviewed periodically or following any significant change which may affect the management or administration of medicines

Administration
The administration of medicines is the overall responsibility of the parents.  The Headteacher is responsible for ensuring children are supported with their medical needs whilst on site, and this may include managing medicines where appropriate and agreed with parents.

Routine Administration
Prescribed medicines

  • It is our policy to manage prescribed medicines (eg. antibiotics, inhalers) where appropriate following consultation and agreement with, and written consent from the parents

Non-prescribed medicines

  • It is our general policy not to take responsibility for the administration of non-prescribed medicines, (eg. Calpol or cough mixtures provided by the parents) as this responsibility rests with the parents
  • On occasions when children require paracetamol it is our policy to administer providing that written consent from the parents has been received in advance and administration is in accordance with guidance provided in the Health Guidance for Schools document
  • Children under 16 years old are never to be administered aspirin unless prescribed by a doctor
  • Responsibility for decision-making about the administration of all non-prescribed medicines will always be at the discretion of the responsible manager who may decide to administer under certain miscellaneous or exceptional circumstances

Maintenance drugs

  • It is our policy to manage the administration of maintenance drugs (eg. Insulin) as appropriate following consultation and agreement with, and written consent from the parents.  On such occasions, a health care plan will be written for the child concerned

Non-Routine Administration
Emergency medicine

  • It is our policy (where appropriate) to manage the administration of emergency medicines such as (for example):
    • Injections of adrenaline for acute allergic reactions
  • In all cases, professional training and guidance from a competent source will be received before commitment to such administration is accepted

Procedure for Administration

  • When deciding upon the administration of medicine needs for children we will discuss this with the parents concerned and make reasonable decisions about the level of care required.
  • Any child required to have medicines will have an ‘administration of medicines/treatment’ consent form completed by the parent and kept on file. 
  • Individual health care plans will be completed for children where required and reviewed periodically in discussion with the parents to ensure their continuous suitability.
  • For any child receiving medicines, there is a daily record log of all students in/out of medical room and it is noted if any medicine is administered.
  • If a child refuses to take medication the parents will be informed the earliest available opportunity.

Contacting Emergency Services
When a medical condition causes the child to become ill and/or requires emergency administration of medicines, then an ambulance will be summoned at the earliest opportunity.

Medical Accommodation
The Welfare Office will be used for medicine administration/treatment purposes. The room will be made available when required.

Training
Where staff are required to carry out non-routine or more specialised administration of medicines or emergency treatment to children, appropriate professional training and guidance from a competent source will be sought before commitment to such administration is accepted.  

A ‘staff training record’ sheet will be completed to document the level of training undertaken. 
Such training will form part of the overall training plan and refresher training will be scheduled at appropriate intervals.
 
Storage
The storage of medicines is the overall responsibility of the Headteacher who will ensure that arrangements are in place to store medicines safely.

The storage of medicines will be undertaken in accordance with product instructions and in the original container in which the medicine was dispensed. 
It is the responsibility of all staff to ensure that the received medicine container is clearly labelled with the name of the child, the name and dose of the medicine and the frequency of administration. 
It is the responsibility of the parents to provide medicine that is in date.  This should be agreed with the parents at the time of acceptance of on-site administration responsibilities.

Disposal
It is not Brighton Hill Community School responsibility to dispose of medicines.  It is the responsibility of the parents to ensure that all medicines no longer required including those which have date-expired are returned to a pharmacy for safe disposal.

‘Sharps boxes’ will always be used for the disposal of needles.  Collection and disposal of the boxes will be locally arranged as appropriate.


Name of Unit/Premises/Centre/School Brighton Hill Community School
Date of Policy Issue/Review Last ratified March 2015
Name of Responsible Manager/Headteacher Head teacher
Signature of Responsible Manager/Headteacher 

Last ratified: March 2015
Next Review Date:  Nov 2017     
Agreed: November 2016

Appendix 2:  First Aid Policy

Policy Statement
Brighton Hill Community School will undertake to ensure compliance with the relevant legislation with regard to the provision of first aid for all employees and to ensure best practice by extending the arrangements as far as is reasonably practicable to children and others who may also be affected by our activities.
Responsibility for first aid at Brighton Hill Community School is held by the Headteacher who is the responsible manager.
All first aid provision is arranged and managed in accordance with the Children’s Services Safety Guidance Procedure SGP 08-07(First Aid).
All staff have a statutory obligation to follow and co-operate with the requirements of this policy.

Aims & Objectives
Our first aid policy requirements will be achieved by:

  • Carrying out a First Aid Needs Assessment to determine the first aid provision requirements for our premises
    • It is our policy to ensure that the First Aid Needs Assessment will be reviewed periodically or following any significant changes that may affect first aid provision
    • The Children’s Services First Aid Needs Assessment Form (CSAF-002) will be used to produce the First
    • Aid Needs Assessment for our site
  • Ensuring that there are a sufficient number of trained first aid staff on duty and available for the numbers and risks on the premises in accordance with the First Aid Needs Assessment
  • Ensuring that there are suitable and sufficient facilities and equipment available to administer first aid in accordance with the First Aid Needs Assessment
  • Ensuring the above provisions are clear and shared with all who may require them

First Aid training
The responsible manager will ensure that appropriate numbers of appointed persons, school first aid trained staff, emergency first aiders, qualified first aiders and paediatric first aid trained staff are nominated, as identified by completion of the First Aid Needs Assessment, and that they are adequately trained to meet their statutory duties.

Appointed Persons
At Brighton Hill Community School there are 3 appointed persons who are as follows:

  • • Attendance Officer (Education Welfare Assistant in new structure from 1 January 2017)
    • Family Learning Co-ordinator
    • Site Services Assistant – After hours

Where the first aid needs assessment identifies that qualified first aid staff are not necessary due to the nature/level of risk, the minimum legal requirement is to appoint a person (the Appointed Person) to be on site at all times during the working day. Appointed persons are in place to take charge of first aid arrangements including looking after equipment and calling emergency services.

Note:  Appointed Persons are not First Aiders and should not provide first aid for which they have not been trained.   However it is good practice to provide appointed persons with some level of first aid training.  Such training does not require HSE approval.

School First Aid Trained Staff
At Brighton Hill Community School there are school first aid trained staff who are as follows:

  • Admin Assistant-reception
  • Science Technician
  • ICT Classroom Assistant
  • Morning Receptionist
  • Site Services

This optional, bespoke training for school staff is available to assist the school in meeting its own duty of care towards its pupils. It is not a substitute for HSE-approved first aid training which qualifies staff to provide first aid to other staff.  This training should be provided only where:

  • Additional training is considered to be required for appointed persons in order to enhance their role to provide first aid to children; and/or
  • Other staff, in addition to Emergency/Qualified First Aiders, are also considered to require some level of training in order to provide first aid to children

Emergency First Aiders (Those completing the HSE approved 1-day emergency first aid course)
At Brighton Hill Community School there are 20 emergency first aiders.
They will be responsible for administering first aid, in accordance with their training, to those that become injured or fall ill whilst at work or on the premises.  They may also have other duties and responsibilities which are identified and delegated as appropriate (eg. first aid kit inspections).

Qualified First Aiders (Those completing the HSE approved 3-day first aid course)
At Brighton Hill Community School there are 2 qualified first aiders who are as follows:

  • Family Learning Co-ordinator
  • Education Welfare Assistant

They will be responsible for administering first aid, in accordance with their training, to those that become injured or fall ill whilst at work or on the premises.  There may also be other duties and responsibilities which are identified and delegated to the first aider (eg. first aid kit inspections).

First Aid Provision
Our First Aid Needs Assessment has identified the following first aid kit requirements:

  • 1 first aid kit on the premises
    • This first aid kit is situated in the Welfare Office
  • 6  travel first aid kits for vehicles
    • These travel first aid kits will be located in the Welfare Office

It is the responsibility of the qualified first aiders to check the contents of all first aid kits every 12 months and record findings on the Children’s Services First Aid Kit Checklist (CSAF-003).  Completed checklists are to be stored in the Welfare Office
The contents of first aid kits are listed under the ‘required quantity’ column on the checklist itself.
The Welfare Office is designated as the first aid room for treatment, sickness and the administering of first aid.  The first aid room will have the following facilities:

  • Bed, running water, first aid kit, first aid supplies, telephone, chair, wheelchair, computer,   toilet, locked medical cupboard.

Emergency Arrangements
Upon being summoned in the event of an accident, one of the qualified first aiders will take charge of the first aid administration/emergency treatment commensurate with their training.  Following their assessment of the injured person, they are to administer appropriate first aid and make a balanced judgement as to whether there is a requirement to call an ambulance. 
The qualified first aider will always call an ambulance on the following occasions:

  • In the event of a serious injury 
  • In the event of any significant head injury
  • In the event of a period of unconsciousness
  • Whenever there is the possibility of a fracture or where this is suspected
  • Whenever the first aider is unsure of the severity of the injuries
  • Whenever the first aider is unsure of the correct treatment
  • In the event of an epileptic fit
  • In the event of anaphylactic shock

In the event of an accident involving a child, where appropriate, it is our policy to always notify parents of their child’s accident if it:

  • is considered to be a serious (or more than minor) injury
  • requires first aid treatment
  • requires attendance at hospital

Our procedure for notifying parents will be to use all telephone numbers available to contact them and leave a message should the parents not be contactable.
In the event that parents cannot be contacted and a message has been left, our policy will be to continue to attempt to make contact with the parents every hour.  In the interim, we will ensure that the qualified first aider, appointed person or another member of staff remains with the child until the parents can be contacted and arrive (as required).
In the event that the child requires hospital treatment and the parents cannot be contacted prior to attendance, the qualified first aider/ appointed person/another member of staff will accompany the child to hospital and remain with them until the parents can be contacted and arrive at the hospital.

Records
All accidents requiring first aid treatment are to be recorded with (at least) the following information:

  • Name of injured person
  • Name of the qualified/emergency/school first aider or appointed person
  • Date of the accident
  • Type of accident (eg. bump on head etc)
  • Treatment provided and action taken

Date of Policy Issue/Review Last ratified March 2015 /  Next Review :Nov 2017
Agreed: Nov 2016
Name of Responsible Manager/Headteacher Head teacher
Ratified  ……………………………

 

Appendix 3:  Supporting Students (Pupils) with Medical Needs

Policy Statement

Section 100 of The Children and Families Act 2014 places a duty on the governing body of this school to make arrangements for supporting children at their premise with medical conditions.  The Department of Education have produced statutory guidance ‘Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions’ [Appendix (i)] and we will have regard to this guidance when meeting this requirement.

We will endeavour to ensure that children with medical conditions are properly supported so that they have full access to education, including school trips and physical education.  The aim is to ensure that all children will medical conditions, in terms of both their physical and mental health, are properly supported in school so that they can play a full and active role in school life, remain healthy and achieve their academic potential.

It is our policy to ensure that all medical information will be treated confidentially by the Headteacher and staff.  All administration of medicines is arranged and managed in accordance with the Supporting Pupils with Medical Needs document.  All staff have a duty of care to follow and co-operate with the requirements of this policy.

Where children have a disability, the requirement of the Equality Act 2010 will apply.

Where children have an identified special need, the SEN Code of Practice will also apply.

We recognise that medical conditions may impact social and emotional development as well as having educational implications.


1. Key Roles and Responsibilities

The governing body should ensure that the school’s policy clearly identifies the roles and responsibilities of all those involved in the arrangements they make to support children at school with medical conditions.

The Governing Body is responsible for:

  • making arrangements to support pupils with medical conditions in school, including making sure that a policy for supporting pupils with medical conditions in school is developed and implemented. They should ensure that pupils with medical conditions are supported to enable the fullest participation possible in all aspects of school life. Governing bodies should ensure that sufficient staff have received suitable training and are competent before they take on responsibility to support children with medical conditions. They should also ensure that any members of school staff who provide support to pupils with medical conditions are able to access information and other teaching support materials as needed.


The Headteacher is responsible for:

  • ensuring that their school’s policy is developed and effectively implemented with partners. This includes ensuring that all staff are aware of the policy for supporting pupils with medical conditions and understand their role in its implementation. Headteachers should ensure that all staff who need to know are aware of the child’s condition. They should also ensure that sufficient trained numbers of staff are available to implement the policy and deliver against all individual healthcare plans, including in contingency and emergency situations. This may involve recruiting a member of staff for this purpose. Headteachers have overall responsibility for the development of individual healthcare plans. They should also make sure that school staff are appropriately insured and are aware that they are insured to support pupils in this way. They should contact the school nursing service in the case of any child who has a medical condition that may require support at school, but who has not yet been brought to the attention of the school nurse.

Teachers and Support Staff are responsible for:

  • providing support to pupils with medical conditions, including the administering of medicines, although they cannot be required to do so. Although administering medicines is not part of teachers’ professional duties, they should take into account the needs of pupils with medical conditions that they teach. School staff should receive sufficient and suitable training and achieve the necessary level of competency before they take on responsibility to support children with medical conditions. Any member of school staff should know what to do and respond accordingly when they become aware that a pupil with a medical condition needs help.

The School Link Nurse is responsible for:

  • notifying the school when a child has been identified as having a medical condition which will require support in school. Wherever possible, they should do this before the child starts at the school. They would not usually have an extensive role in ensuring that schools are taking appropriate steps to support children with medical conditions, but may support staff on implementing a child’s individual healthcare plan and provide advice and liaison, for example on training. School nurses can liaise with lead clinicians locally on appropriate support for the child and associated staff training needs - for example, there are good models of local specialist nursing teams offering training to local school staff, hosted by a local school. Community nursing teams will also be a valuable potential resource for a school seeking advice and support in relation to children with a medical condition. Every school has access to school nursing services

Students with medical conditions will:

  • often be best placed to provide information about how their condition affects them. They should be fully involved in discussions about their medical support needs and contribute as much as possible to the development of, and comply with, their individual healthcare plan. Other pupils will often be sensitive to the needs of those with medical conditions.

Parents/carers will:

  • provide the school with sufficient and up-to-date information about their child’s medical needs. They may in some cases be the first to notify the school that their child has a medical condition. Parents are key partners and should be involved in the development and review of their child’s individual healthcare plan, and may be involved in its drafting. They should carry out any action they have agreed to as part of its implementation, eg provide medicines and equipment and ensure they or another nominated adult are contactable at all times.

2. Identifying children with health conditions

The Governing body will ensure that the policy sets out the procedures to be followed whenever a school is notified that a pupil has a medical condition.

We will aim to identify children with medical needs on entry to the school by working in partnership with parents/ carers and following the process outlined in the document ‘Process for identifying children with a health condition’ produced by the Southern Health School Nursing Team in conjunction with the Children’s Services Health and Safety Team.  We will use the ‘Health Questionnaire for Schools’ to obtain the information required for each child’s medical needs to ensure that we have appropriate arrangements in place prior to the child commencing at the school to support them accordingly.

Where a formal diagnosis is awaited or is unclear, we will plan to implement arrangements to support the child, based on the current evidence available for their condition.  We will ensure that every effort is made to involve some formal medical evidence and consultation with the parents.

3. Individual Health Care Plans

The Governing body will ensure that the school’s policy covers the role of individual healthcare plans, and who is responsible for their development in supporting children at school with medical conditions.

We recognise that Individual Healthcare Plans are recommended in particular where conditions fluctuate or where there is a high risk that emergency intervention will be needed, and are likely to be helpful in the majority of other cases, especially where medical conditions are long term and complex.  However, not all children will require one.  The school, healthcare professional and parent will agree based on evidence when a healthcare plan would be inappropriate or disproportionate.

Where children require an individual healthcare plan it will be the responsibility of the school nurse in conjunction with Flexible Learning Centre (FLC) staff to work with parents and relevant healthcare professionals to write the plan.

A healthcare plan (and its review) may be initiated in consultation with the parent/carer, by a member of school staff or by a healthcare professional involved in providing care to the child.  The FLC Staff will work in partnership with the parents/carer, and a relevant healthcare professional eg. school, specialist or children’s community nurse, who can best advise on the particular needs of the child to draw up and/or review the plan.  Where a child has a special educational need identified in a statement or Educational Health Care (EHC) plan, the individual healthcare plan will be linked to or become part of that statement or EHC plan.

We may also refer to the flowchart contained within the document ‘Process for identifying children with a health condition’ for identifying and agreeing the support a child needs and then developing the individual healthcare plan, see DfE Guidance Appendix (i).

We will use the individual healthcare plan template provided by the School Nurse / local health authority to record the plan.

If a child is returning following a period of hospital education or alternative provision (including home tuition), that we will work with Hampshire County Council and education provider to ensure that the individual healthcare plan identifies the support the child will need to reintegrate effectively.

The governing body should ensure that all plans are reviewed at least annually or earlier if evidence is presented that the child’s needs have changed.  Plans should be developed with the child’s best interests in mind and ensure that the school assesses and manages the risks to the child’s education, health and social well-being and minimise disruption.

  • Annual reviews will be conducted unless individual circumstances / conditions change.

When deciding what information should be recorded on individual healthcare plans, the governing body should consider the following:

  • the medical condition, its triggers, signs, symptoms and treatments
  • the pupil’s resulting needs, including medication (dose, side effects and storage) and other treatments, time, facilities, equipment, testing, access to food and drink where this is used to manage their condition, dietary requirements and environmental issues eg crowded corridors, travel time between lessons
  • specific support for the pupil’s educational, social and emotional needs – for example, how absences will be managed, requirements for extra time to complete exams, use of rest periods or additional support in catching up with lessons, counselling sessions
  • the level of support needed (some children will be able to take responsibility for their own health needs) including in emergencies. If a child is self-managing their medication, this should be clearly stated with appropriate arrangements for monitoring who in the school needs to be aware of the child’s condition and the support required
  • arrangements for written permission from parents and the headteacher for medication to be administered by a member of staff, or self-administered by the pupil during school hours
  • separate arrangements or procedures required for school trips or other school activities outside of the normal school timetable that will ensure the child can participate, eg risk assessments
  • where confidentiality issues are raised by the parent/child, the designated individuals to be entrusted with information about the child’s condition; and
  • what to do in an emergency, including whom to contact, and contingency arrangements. Some children may have an emergency healthcare plan prepared by their lead clinician that could be used to inform development of their individual healthcare plan.

4. Staff Training

The Governing Body should ensure that this policy clearly sets out how staff will be supported in carrying out their role to support children with medical conditions, and how this will be reviewed.  It should specify how training needs will be assessed and by whom training will be commissioned and provided.

The school policy should be clear that any member of school staff providing support to a child with medical needs should have received suitable training.

Staff must not administer prescription medicines or undertake any health care procedures without the appropriate training (updated to reflect any individual healthcare plans)

All new staff will be inducted on the policy when they join the school through INSET or New Staff training programme. Records of this training will be stored with personnel.

All nominated staff will be provided awareness training on the school’s policy for supporting children with medical conditions which will include what their role is in implementing the policy.  This training will be carried out annually unless specific needs arise. 
The awareness training will be provided to staff by FLC Staff, school nurse or relevant health care professionals.

We will retain evidence that staff have been provided the relevant awareness training on the policy by holding attendance registers, through INSET training plans/schedules, certificates.

Where required we will work with the relevant healthcare professionals to identify and agree the type and level of training required and identify where the training can be obtained from.  This will include ensuring that the training is sufficient to ensure staff are competent and confidence in their ability to support children with medical conditions. The training will include preventative and

emergency measures so that staff can recognise and act quickly when a problem occurs and therefore allow them to fulfil the requirements set out in the individual healthcare plan.

Any training undertaken will form part of the overall training plan for the school and refresher awareness training will be scheduled at appropriate intervals agreed with the relevant healthcare professional delivering the training. 

A ‘Staff training record – administration of medicines’ form will be completed to document the type of awareness training undertaken, the date of training and the competent professional providing the training.

5. The student’s (child’s) role

The Governing body will ensure that the school’s policy covers arrangements for children who are competent to manage their own health needs and medicines.

Where possible and in discussion with parents, children that are competent will be encouraged to take responsibility for managing their own medicines and procedures.  This will be recorded in their individual healthcare plan.  The healthcare plan will reference what will happen should a child who self-administers refuse to take their medication (this will normally be informing the parent/carer at the earliest opportunity).

Where possible we will endeavour to ensure that children can carry their own medicines and relevant devices or have easy access to allow for quick self-medication.  We will agree with relevant healthcare professionals/parent the appropriate level of supervision required and document this in their healthcare plan.

6. Managing medicines on School Premises

The Governing Body will ensure that the school’s policy is clear about the procedures to be followed for managing medicines.

The administration of medicines is the overall responsibility of the parents/carers.  Where clinically possible we will encourage parents to ask for medicines to be prescribed in dose frequencies which enable them to be taken outside of school hours.  However, the headteacher and appointed staff is/are responsible for ensuring children are supported with their medical needs whilst on site, therefore this may include managing medicines where it would be detrimental to a child’s health or school attendance not to do so.

We will not give prescription or non-prescription medicines to a child under 16 without their parent’s/carers written consent (a ‘parental agreement for setting to administer medicines’ form will be used to record this), except in exceptional circumstances where the medicine has been prescribed to the child without the knowledge of the parents. In such cases, we will make every effort to encourage the child or young person to involve their parents while respecting their right to confidentiality. [In accordance with DfE Guidance, September 2014, see Appendix (i)]

A documented tracking system to record all medicines received in and out of the premises will be put in place. The name of the child, dose, expiry and shelf life dates will be checked before medicines are administered.

On occasions where a child refuses to take their medication the parents will be informed at the earliest available opportunity.

We will only accept prescribed medicines that are in date, labelled, provided in the original container as dispensed by the pharmacist and include instructions for administration, their dosage and storage.  Insulin is the exception, which must still be in date but will generally be available to schools inside an insulin pen or a pump, rather than its original container.

Children who are able to use their own inhalers themselves are encouraged to carry it with them.  If the child is too young or immature to take personal responsibility for their inhaler, staff should make sure that it is stored in a safe but readily accessible place, and clearly marked with the child’s name.

Controlled drugs will be securely stored in a non-portable container which only named staff will have access to.  We will ensure that the drugs are easily accessible in an emergency situation.  A record will be kept of any doses used and the amount of the controlled drug held in school.  There may be instances where it is deemed appropriate for a child to administer their own controlled medication. This would normally be at the advice of a medical practitioner. Where an individual child is competent to do so and following a risk assessment, we may allow them to have prescribed controlled drugs on them with monitoring arrangements in place.

We will only administer non-prescribed medicines on request from the parent if they are in clearly identifiable packaging and only on a short term basis (Where the school have concerns they will seek further guidance from their link School Nurse).

It is our policy to give age appropriate doses of paracetamol to secondary age children as described on the packet, if written consent from the parents has been received in advance of administration.  We will check that they have not previously taken any medication containing paracetamol within the preceding 4 hours and only give one dose.
We will never administer aspirin or medicine containing Ibuprofen to any child under 16 years old unless prescribed by a doctor.

All other pain relief medicine will not be administered without first checking maximum dosages and when previously taken.  We will always inform parents.

Any homeopathic remedies to be administered will require a letter of consent from the child’s doctor and will be administered at the discretion of the Head teacher.

Emergency medicines will be stored in a safe location but not locked away to ensure they are easily accessible in the case of an emergency.

Types of emergency medicines include:

  • Injections of adrenaline for acute allergic reactions
  • Inhalers for asthmatics
  • Injections of Glucagon for diabetic hypoglycaemia

Other emergency medication ie. Rectal diazepam or Buccal Midazolam for major seizures will be stored in accordance with the normal prescribed medicines procedures (see storage section).

7. Storage

All medication other than emergency medication will be stored safely in a locked cabinet, where the hinges cannot be easily tampered with and cannot be easily removed from the premise.
Where medicines need to be refrigerated, they will be stored in a staff refrigerator in the administration office in a clearly labelled airtight container.  There must be restricted access to a refrigerator holding medicines.

Children will be made aware of where their medicines are at all times and be able to access them immediately where appropriate. Where relevant they should know who holds the key to the storage facility.

Medicines such as asthma inhalers, blood glucose testing meters and adrenaline pens will always be readily available to children and not locked away.  We will also ensure that they are readily available when outside of the school premises or on school trips.

Storage of medication whilst off site will be maintained at steady temperature and secure.  There will be appropriately trained staff present to administer day to day and emergency medication and copies of individual health care plans will be taken off site to ensure appropriate procedures are followed.

8. Disposal

It is the responsibility of the parents/carers to dispose of their child’s medicines.  It is our policy to return any medicines that are no longer required including those where the date has expired to the parents/carers.  Parents/carers will be informed of this when the initial agreements are made to administer medicines.  Medication returned to parent/ carers will be documented on the tracking medication form.

Sharps boxes will be in place for the disposal of needles.  Collection and disposal of these will be arranged locally through HCC recognised services

9. Medical Accommodation

The Welfare Room will be used for all medical administration/treatment purposes.  The location/room will be made available when required.

10. Record Keeping

The governing body should ensure that written records are kept of all medicines administered to children. Records offer protection to staff and children and provide evidence that agreed procedures have been followed. Parents should be informed if their child has been unwell at school.

A record of what has been administered including how much, when and by whom, will be recorded on a ‘record of prescribed medicines’ form. The form will be kept on file.  Any possible side effects of the medication will also be noted and reported to the parent/carers.

11. Emergency Procedures

The Governing body will ensure that the school’s policy sets out what should happen in an emergency situation.

Where a child has an individual healthcare plan, this will clearly define what constitutes an emergency and provide a process to follow.  All relevant staff will be made aware of the emergency symptoms and procedures.  We will ensure other children in the school know what to do in the event of an emergency ie. informing a teacher immediately if they are concerned about the health of another child.

Where a child is required to be taken to hospital, a member of staff will stay with the child until their parents arrives, this includes accompanying them to hospital by ambulance if necessary (taking any relevant medical information, care plans etc that the school holds).

12. Day trips / Off-site activities

The Governing body should ensure that their arrangements are clear and unambiguous about the need to support actively pupils with medical conditions to participate in school trips and visits, or in sporting activities, and not prevent them from doing so. 

We will ensure that teachers are aware of how a child’s medical condition will impact on their participation in any off site activity or day trip, but we will ensure that there is enough flexibility for all children to participate according to their own abilities within reasonable adjustments.
We will consider what reasonable adjustments we might make to enable children with medical needs to participate fully and safely on visits. We will carry out a risk assessment so that planning arrangements take account of any steps needed to ensure that pupils with medical conditions are included. We will consult with parents and pupils and advice from the relevant healthcare professional to ensure that pupils can participate safely.

13. Other Issues

Asthma inhalers – once regulations are changed, schools will be able to hold asthma inhalers for emergency use. This is entirely voluntary, and the Department of Health is publishing a protocol which will provide further information.

14. Unacceptable practice

The governing body will ensure that the school’s policy is explicit about what practice is not acceptable.

Staff are expected to use their discretion and judge each child’s individual healthcare plan on its merits, it is not generally acceptable practice to:

  • prevent children from easily accessing their inhalers and medication and administering their medication when and where necessary
  • assume that every child with the same condition requires the same treatment
  • ignore the views of the child or their parents; or ignore medical evidence or opinion (although this may be challenged)
  • send children with medical conditions home frequently or prevent them from staying for normal school activities, including lunch, unless this is specified in their individual healthcare plans
  • if the child becomes ill, send them to the school office or medical room unaccompanied or with someone unsuitable
  • penalise children for their attendance record if their absences are related to their medical condition, eg. hospital appointments
  • prevent pupils from drinking, eating or taking toilet or other breaks whenever they need to in order to manage their medical condition effectively
  • require parents, or otherwise make them feel obliged, to attend school to administer medication or provide medical support to their child, including with toileting issues. No parent should have to give up working because the school is failing to support their child’s medical needs; or 
  • prevent children from participating, or create unnecessary barriers to children participating in any aspect of school life, including school trips eg. by requiring parents to accompany the child

15. Liability and Indemnity

The governing body will ensure that the appropriate level of insurance is in place and appropriately reflects the level of risk.

Staff at the school have unlimited indemnity under the Hampshire County Council ‘in-house’ insurance arrangements.

The County Council’s is self-insured and have extended this self-insurance to indemnify school staff who have agreed to administer medication or undertake a medical procedure to children.  To meet the requirements of the indemnification, we will ensure that staff at the school have parents’ permission for administering medicines and members of staff will have had training on the administration of the medication or medical procedure.

16. Complaints

The governing body will ensure that the school’s policy sets out how complaints may be made and will be handled concerning the support provided to pupils with medical conditions.

Should parents or children be dissatisfied with the support provided they can discuss their concerns directly with the Headteacher.  If for whatever reason this does not resolve the issue, they may make a formal compliant via the school’s complaints procedure.

 

Appendix (i)
DfE Guidance: Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions, September 2014

Previous Date Reviewed and ratified by Governing Body: September 2015
Next Review Due: November 2017
Ratified: November 2016


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1. Context This document should be read in conjunction with information contained in the  Policy on Staff Acceptable Use of ICT and on ...

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42. Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Policy

Overview Brighton Hill Community School understands the importance that a student’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development plays in ...

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19. Year 6 Student Transfer

Objective -To ensure the smooth and effective transfer of Year 6 students into Year 7 at the School This policy applies to all staff.The lead manager...

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14. Whistleblowing – Procedures for Protected Disclosure

School Governing BodiesPublic Interest Disclosure Act 1998 IntroductionThis procedure has been designed to operate in accordance with the provisions ...

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41. Uniform Policy

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40. Staff Training, Induction and Development

Objective - To provide a coherent programme of staff training and development consistent with the needs of the School and the development of indivi...

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39. Staff Dress Code

These guidelines and expectations for staff dress and appearance are intended to strike a balance between individual choice and the need to maintain r...

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38. Security Policy

Policy StatementThe Governors recognise and accept their responsibilities to provide a safe and secure environment for students, staff or visitors to ...

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