Schools responsible for health and welfare

PUBLISHED: 11:06 27 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:03 24 May 2010

AS A long serving recently retired local government officer who worked largely with a local education authority, I was always told schools were responsible for the health and welfare of their pupils during school hours. This was taken to mean administer

AS A long serving recently retired local government officer who worked largely with a local education authority, I was always told schools were responsible for the health and welfare of their pupils during school hours. This was taken to mean administer first aid when necessary; failure to do so could be treated as a breach of their duty of care and as negligence. This failure to act could leave the school (and the authority) wide open to be sued should any infection set in the wound as a result of their failure to cover the wound.If I were still a parent with a child, I would think more highly of the school if they were to take remedial action immediately rather than failure to act or attempt to contact someone who may live some distance from the school and who may not be at home anyway. The alternative interpretation would be that someone has found a large amount of spare cash, which they are prepared to pay out in damages when they are sued by the parents.ROGER J BROWN - Devonshire Road, Weston

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