A mother who works in child minding has raised concerns about the fact that South Lanarkshire Council does not require a qualified first aider to be present at all times in schools in the Rutherglen and Cambuslang areas. The unnamed mother said she can only work in child minding if she has the proper qualification in first aid. However the same cannot be said of schools in the area.
In this case the council requires a health and safety assessment to be completed for each school. However the first aid qualification is voluntary, so it is entirely possible that a school could operate with no one on site who has first aid experience.
Another parent in the area said her son had broken his arm at school a few years ago. However because there were no school first aid qualified people on site at the time no one was aware of how serious the injury was. This illustrates how important it is that there should always be at least one qualified first aider at every school throughout the day. The idea is supported by many parents and the council have vowed to look again at the way things currently work.
How important is it to know first aid?
In many ways we should all know basic first aid – it can make all the difference to how a person recovers from an injury or incident. As we learned from this story, first aid knowledge is essential for child minders and yet in this instance it is not in place in schools in the area. You can never tell when something will happen, whether it is someone falling ill very suddenly or having an accident. First aid can make a significant difference to the outcome of such a situation.
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Date Published: October 30, 2014
Author: David Brown