Foster carers should ensure that they have clear information about any medication that a child is taking at the time of placement. If this information is not given in writing, the foster carer should record it themselves immediately.
Fostered children should only be given medication on the basis of medical advice. This may be medication that has been prescribed for them by their doctor or “over the counter” medicines given on the advice of the GP, NHS Direct, pharmacist or other qualified medical practitioner. This advice should be recorded.
In some longer-term placements, the local authority may delegate authority to the foster carer to make decisions about over the counter medication. If this is part of the placement plan then any conditions stipulated must be observed.
Before giving medication, foster carers should check the instructions on the bottle and read the leaflet enclosed with the medication about any reasons not to use it and potential side effects. If there are any doubts about the suitability of the medication, medical advice must be sought.
Immediately after giving medication foster carers should record the time and dose given. When several people are involved in giving a child medication they must all record in the same place.
Taking responsibility for their own medication may be an important part of moving towards independence for older young people, especially those needing on going medication. If you consider that a young person should take responsibility themselves for taking medication you must discuss this with the young person’s social worker before letting it happen.
Both prescribed and over the counter medication must be stored safely and with an awareness of the risks of accidental use and deliberate self-harm. Left over medicines should be disposed of safely.
Last Update: January 6, 2019