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Appropriate medical care

There are different types of medical care that leaders may be asked to carry out, and it is important to ensure the safety and happiness of all members at these times.

Types of medical care

Providing appropriate medical care

Any leader is expected to act in the same way as a sensible adult, taking responsible care for the safety and health of those in their charge. They must not prescribe prescription drugs, but can hand them out in accordance with a doctor's prescription.

The leader should be informed by the parents or carers of any individual of any specific medical condition, medication, treatment or allergies which may need attention during the period of an activity.

A wide range of medication can be purchased without prescription over the counter at pharmacies. These should not be administered without parental consent.

Child protection and protecting our leaders

When delivering some appropriate medical care of a more personal nature you will need to protect both your members and your leaders or helpers. Obviously, your first concern should be for the safety and security of all members.

To discuss personal care in Scouting please contact safeguarding@scouts.org.uk

Some essential guidelines to ensure appropriate medical care is given:


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