Health

The Commissioner's office has published a range of research around the administration of medicines and healthcare procedures in schools.

This area has been identified as one of particular concern by:

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

Research conducted in this area can be found below.

Health publications

Coping is difficult, but I feel proud: Perspectives on mental health and wellbeing of young carers

Children and Young People’sCommissioner Scotland, Carers Trust Scotland and Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance, February 2017. A study representing the first research in the UK to match young carers and their perceptions of their health and wellbeing against a comparable sample of other young people.

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See an infographic around the parts of the research that dealt with young people's views.

‘No barriers to medication at school’– the administration of medicines and health care procedures in schools: the views of parents and carers

Kelly Stone with Sarah Doyle, August 2013. The key aim of this study was to find out the views of parents and carers of children and young people who need medication at school. It looks in particular on the impact current practice has on school and family life.

Download a PDF of ‘No barriers to medication at school’– the administration of medicines and health care procedures in schools: the views of parents and carers.

The administration of medicines and health care procedures in schools: findings from a survey of schools

Becki Lancaster, August 2013. This small-scale study explores policy and practice in schools through a survey of 300 schools across a sample of nine local authorities.

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The administration of medicines in schools: report on FOI responses

Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People, October 2012. This paper reports on responses to a Freedom of Information request carried out by Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People 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.

Download a PDF of The administration of medicines in schools: report on FOI responses.