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Drugs: Children In Care

Volume 505: debated on Friday 5 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether medical practitioners are required to inform local authorities when they administer drugs to children in care. (316072)

There is no requirement on medical practitioners to inform local authorities when administering drugs to child in care. However, treatment of a child, including the prescription or administrating of drugs by medical practitioners, requires consent. In the case of children who lack the capacity to consent for themselves, a doctor would need to ask for consent from those with parental responsibility, which, for those on a care order, would be a local authority.