This Policy, which has been reviewed by leading allergy clinicians, contains advice on the storage and use of allergy medication, bullying in the school setting, what to do in an emergency and much more. Encourage your child's school to work with you to develop a robust policy for your child.
In 2014, the Children and Families Act 2014 made it a legal duty for schools to make arrangements for pupils with medical conditions – this includes children with food allergies. All pupils with medical conditions – including food allergies – should have an Individual Healthcare Plan agreed between the parents and the school. Where a pupil has been prescribed an adrenaline auto-injector (AAI) for use in an emergency, teachers and other non-healthcare professionals are permitted – but not obligated – to administer an AAI under existing legislation.
From 1 October 2017, the Human Medicines (Amendment) Regulations 2017 allows schools to purchase their own supply of AAIs from a pharmaceutical supplier (such as a local pharmacy) without a prescription, if they wish to.
This is subject to the following conditions:
- Only a reasonable number can be purchased, on an occasional basis.
- The school does not intend to profit from the purchase.
- A request, signed by the principal or head teacher, is provided which states:
- the name of the school for which the product is required
- the purpose for which that product is required
- the total quantity required.
Schools are not required to hold spare AAI’s, this is a discretionary change enabling schools to do this, if they wish. This applies to all primary and secondary schools in the UK. The spare AAI can be used if the pupil’s own prescribed AAI’s are not immediately available.
Establish clear allergy policies
Develop and implement clear and concise allergy policies that outline procedures for managing allergies within the school premises. Ensure these policies are communicated effectively to all staff, parents, pupils and caterers.
Periodically review each term and update allergy policies and procedures based on new information, changes in student needs, or best practices.
Model policy for allergy at school
Allergy UK and Anaphylaxis UK have worked with the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI) and the Medical Conditions in Schools Alliance, supported by the Department for Education (DfE), to develop a Model Policy for Allergy at School guide. It has been designed to support schools to develop a ‘Gold Standard’ policy to manage children’s allergies safely, so that children and their parents feel reassured that a robust policy is in place. The Model Policy for Allergy at School draws on lessons learnt from Prevention of Future Deaths reports where children have sadly died as a consequence of anaphylaxis while they are at school.