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D338. Childrens Medication in Domiciliary Care

Background

This children’s domiciliary care service provides trained staff to support children and young people in their own homes. Support provided includes help with day-to-day activities including: washing, dressing and eating, support to go to school and relax/socialise, etc. All support is based on an individualised person-centred assessment of needs and a plan of care which is agreed in full collaboration with parents/guardians and families and in partnership with social services and healthcare providers. In all cases the objective of home care arrangements will be the provision of safe, high-quality care which empowers and supports children and young people to be as independent as possible.

Where necessary a care plan might include support for children and young people to take medication.

In most cases parents or guardians will normally be expected to be responsible for a child’s or young persons medication. Where necessary an appropriately trained and supervised home care worker may be able to provide assistance as a result of a request from the health or social care professional in charge of care.

{{org_field_name}} recognises that the correct and effective administration of medication is essential for the safety and wellbeing of children. Families must, therefore, receive the help identified in their care plan for the administration of medication only by trained and competent staff.

Legislation

{{org_field_name}}’s policies and procedures are all in line with relevant legislation relating to the safe and legal use of medicines, including:

In addition, this agency recognises that it must comply fully with all relevant regulatory requirements.

Procedures

The following procedures apply in this agency.

This policy applies wherever {{org_field_name}} has agreed to support a family or child in taking medicines, including prescribed medicines, over-the-counter medicines and those to be taken (as required).

Training and Supervision

This agency recognises that assistance with medication administration to a child or young person in their own home requires careful training, supervision, governance and assurance of competency of the care worker. This will ensure that care workers have the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out their role safely and know when to seek advice.

In this agency the following applies.

Care staff in this agency should never undertake any duties or roles for which they have not been trained or for which they do not feel competent. Staff must at all times work within the bounds of their role, training and competency. If they have concerns they should talk to their line manager or supervisor. All staff in this agency are trained in children’s safeguarding and have the appropriate checks.


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Reviewed on: {{last_update_date}}

Next review date: this policy is reviewed annually (every 12 months). When needed, this policy is also updated in response to changes in legislation, regulation, best practices, or organisational changes.

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