Emergencies happen. On ordinary days, life can change in the beat of a heartbeat, and school staff can find themselves in a life threatening emergency.
Schools have an obligation to ensure that their team are able to manage a first aid emergency, such as an accident or sudden case of illness – both for the children and staff.
Whether it’s the old ‘wet paper towel’ trick, a bit of TLC, or recognition of serious conditions such as Asthma or Anaphylaxis – school staff should be confident an understand their responsibilities.
Understanding Your School’s First Aid Responsabilities
- Should have a policy and risk assessment for first aid in school.
- Maintain health and safety law regarding first aid for teaching and support staff.
- Make provision for when staff and children are off-site.
- Provide adequate first aid kits and equipment.
- Make arrangements for out of hours agreements, such as lettings and parent’s evening.
- To put the school / governing body’s / academy’s policy into practice.
- Develop detailed procedures.
- Make sure that staff and parents are aware of the schools health & safety policy, including arrangements for first aid.
- Don’t automatically include giving first aid, although staff may volunteer to undertake these tasks.
- Should use their best endeavors at all times, particularly in emergencies, to secure the welfare of pupils.
- In general, ‘the consequences of taking no action are likely to be more serious than those of trying to assist in an emergency.’
Source: Department of Education
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