STOMP: Stopping The Over Medication of People with a learning disability, autism or both
STAMP: Supporting Treatment and Appropriate Medication in Paediatrics
Here at Centre 404 we have always supported the STOMP campaign, and recently three of our Learning & Leisure Service Managers also took part in the campaign to take the STOMP and STAMP pledge. This is about ensuring that children and young people specifically have access to the right medication at the right time and for the right reason.
Taylor, Alice and Anamaria from our Learning & Leisure Service making their STOMP-STAMP pledges for the Children and Young People they work with.
What are STOMP and STAMP?
Children and young people with a learning disability, autism or both are more likely to be given medication (including psychotropic medication) than other children and young people.
STOMP aims to stop the overuse of psychotropic medications for children and young people with a learning disability, autism or both. It is about helping children and young people to stay well and have a good quality life. If children or young people do need psychotropic medication, it should be seen as the last resort. Medication should be regularly reviewed to make sure it is still the right thing for them and they do not stay on the medication for longer than is necessary.
STAMP aims to make sure that children and families can access other treatment and support when children display behaviours that challenge, for example Positive Behaviours Support or other therapeutic support. Sometimes when children and young people do need medication it can be difficult to make sure they are always able to get it when they need it. STAMP is about making sure where medication will help children and young people to have a good life, barriers are removed.
More information and resources can be found here on the NHS website: https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/stomp-stamp-pledge-resources/