For more information on this topic and the BBC Radio programmes with discussion on over-prescription for kids go to link above.
Key Questions For Pastoral Care Staff Relating to the Administration of Psychotropic Drugs on Children within the schools they work in.
1)Are you following your own professional body's Code of Practice in relation to ethical practice and endeavouring to pursue the principles of beneficence ( promoting the well being of the child) and non-malifecence (avoiding direct or indirect harm to the child)
3)Does the headteacher and pastoral care team know how many children are on specific psychotropic drug treatments within their school or year group?
Do members of the pastoral care team get asked regularly to provide evidence and their opinions about the child's pattern of behaviour prior to the administration of psychotropic medication and whether they support the medication as partners in the delivery of services for the child concerned?
5)Do members of the pastoral care team get informed by health professionals as to any changes in dosage and what possible side effects might be expected that result from these changes in regimen?
Is this a legitimate "In loco parentis" role when many schools do not give Paracetamol and yet are expected to administer Amphetamine like drugs?
14) Are school governors regularly updated on the numbers of children on psychotropic medications and the benefits and difficulties experienced so they can also exercise their "Duty of care ",along with the Headteacher, as governors and have they seen the school guidelines on medication?
15) THE KEY SIX BILLION DOLLAR QUESTION : Do you feel there is likely to be a positive relationship between a child being given medication (amphetamine like stimulants ) by medical practitioners for an average of two years as a child and their later illegal stimulant drug taking and associated behaviours in later life?