Children are vulnerable in many different situations, from cars driving too quickly past the school gates to dangerous building materials being left in the proximity of playgrounds. Poor school safety practices will only exacerbate the situation. Teachers, caretakers and other staff have a strict responsibility for looking after the safety of pupils who will never be as aware of potential hazards as adults. Whether the establishment is a privately-run school or one that is supervised by a local authority, there should be guidelines in place that determine the level of care that pupils should expect to be granted.
This will commonly take the form of a risk assessment document. This is where every aspect of the school will be examined in terms of the dangers posed to pupils. As well as taking into account the school building itself, and the playground, this document will also address other environments in which the children may find themselves, such as sports centres and outdoor activity venues. Wherever there is a situation in which there is any possibility of an accident, steps must be put in place that will ensure that this doesn’t happen. There should also be contingency plans in place.
How poor school safety practices can impact children
When pupils are left unsupervised, it is sometimes inevitable that something untoward will happen. Children like to play around, especially if there is no evidence that a responsible adult is paying them attention. This is when accidents can happen, and the blame can’t be apportioned at the pupils when it was part of someone’s job description to ensure that they were kept free from harm at all times. Pupils on outings should have a specific quota of teachers or teaching assistants allocated to the relevant number of pupils.
Your right to investigate compensation
Parents have every right to assume that their children will be safe from harm at school. When accidents happen, it is be traumatic for all involved. You will have every right to feel aggrieved, and will wonder whether someone could be held to account. This is where Accident Advice Helpline can step in. We have over 15 years’ experience in assessing whether or not accidents such as yours merit compensation. If you phone our free number on 0800 689 0500, we will ensure that our legal experts examine the circumstances of your case.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown
Category: Accident at school