The Importance of First Aid In Schools

The importance of first aid in schools has gained traction over the past few years due to how important it is in a potentially life threatening situation. Schools are environments where children and young adults spend a great deal of time learning, making new friends and playing outside. This is also a place where children, especially younger ones, can be vulnerable to injuries or catching illnesses and that is why first aid in schools is so important.

First Aid Training for Teachers

First aid training for teachers is essential in the UK. Teachers all need to have up to date training in first aid at school so they can provide appropriate care when medical professionals are not present. At Harberry Training we offer courses that show the importance of first aid training in schools and are designed with teachers and ancillary staff in mind.

Within schools across the UK, health and safety are often neglected by school policy and aren’t regularly practiced. Most schools have employed their own medical professional with the sick bay that can offer medical assistance and first aid when necessary.

This is why teachers and other members of staff are not trained in first aid. However, as they are seen as the student’s main caregivers it is essential that they receive the correct first aid training encase of emergencies within the classroom or on the playground.

Students are involved in sports as part of their Physical Education both indoors and outdoors, and this is where many injuries can take place. Children are vulnerable to different types of accidents and injuries, including bleeding, burns on hands and knees, and even broken bones. By having effective first aid training within school, teachers would be able to prevent any serious situations from getting worse, and can keep an injured child stable until a medical professional is present.

Importance of First Aid in Schools

According to a study carried out by the Red Cross, only 5% of adults have the knowledge to confidently offer first aid in an emergency situation. As part of our schools first aid training course teachers and other members of staff, who do not hold First Aid At Work, will be taught how to deal with an emergency situation until a more qualified member of staff arrives on the scene.

These first aid courses has been very beneficial to schools, especially during play time during breaks and lunch, and also on school trips. Throughout the course, members of school staff will be taught how to deal with the following situations:

  • Adult and Child CPR
  • Recovery position
  • Choking and anaphylaxis
  • Asthma attacks and seizures
  • How to control bleeding
  • Burns and scalds
  • Secure safety of the scene

This course will take one day to complete, and can hold a number of 12 people maximum. Throughout the course, participants will be continuously tested on their new skills and upon successful completion they will receive a certificate in Emergency First Aid.

This certificate is valid for three years and will help your members of staff to feel confident when dealing with emergency situations within school.

The team at Harberry Training have over 15 years experience in offering first aid in schools to members of the public and also private and commercial clients. For more information on how you can introduce members of your school staff to first aid training and protect your student’s safety, get in touch with a member of our team today for more information.

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