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Department for Education written question – answered on 28th July 2017.

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Photo of Baroness Healy of Primrose Hill Baroness Healy of Primrose Hill Labour

Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to audit the training given to teachers on how to administer adrenaline and handle severe allergic reactions in children.

Photo of Lord Nash Lord Nash The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

We know how important it is that children with allergies and other medical conditions are supported to enjoy a full education. That is why we introduced a new duty to require governing bodies to make arrangements to support pupils with medical conditions, and have provided statutory guidance outlining schools’ responsibilities in this area.

To provide specific support for pupils with allergies, we are working with the Department of Health to develop new guidance on the use of adrenaline auto-injectors in schools. This follows the recent publication of the Human Medicines (Amendment) Regulations 2017, which allow schools to hold spare adrenaline auto injectors, without a prescription, for use in emergencies. The revised regulations will come into effect on 1 October 2017.

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