School Children To Lean First Aid

By August 15, 2018

Under the proposals put forward by the Government, children attending school in England will have to learn first aid.

Draft legislation plans say that primary school children will be taught basic first aid skills (head injuries, dealing with cuts and abrasions and calling emergency services), while the children in secondary school will learn life saving skills (CPR and defibrilators).

These plans were announced as part of the new guidelines on relationships and health education in schools.

The British Heart Foundation said that only 1 in 10 survice a cardaic arrest outside of the hospital and survival rates in countries that teach first aid in school are three times higher.

Research by the British red Cross, also found that 95% of adults do not know how to provide first aid, so teaching children vital first aid skills, will save lives.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said he wanted to give young people "the tools they need to be ready to thrive when they leave school".

The government's decision comes after Lord Kerslake's inquiry into the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017 found members of the public tried to help the injured and dying but lacked the requisite skills.

Reference:
"Plan to teach all children first aid", BBC News, 19th July 2018