Caroline Flint has offered her support to a campaign for the teaching of lifesaving skills to be made compulsory in schools.
The Don Valley MP attended the Every Child a Lifesaver event hosted by St John Ambulance, the British Heart Foundation, and the British Red Cross to gain backing for the Emergency First Aid Education Bill.
Said Caroline: “I support the aims of this Bill and attended the briefing at the House of Commons in support of this Bill. I will be asking the Minister to support the Bill and for the Government to give the Bill the necessary support it would need in order to become law. Many Private Members’ Bills are not given sufficient time to complete all of their stages without the help of the Government to give them a fair wind. So I will be asking the Government to ensure this Bill gets the support it needs.”
The Bill will require secondary schools to give young people the skills and confidence to deal with a range of medical emergencies including cardiac arrests, heart attacks, choking, bleeding, asthma attacks, and seizures. Importantly, emergency first aid education ensures that pupils know to seek help and support when needed, including from the emergency services. The Bill also recognises the emotional needs of people that step in to help in a medical emergency - it prepares young people to deal with situations where their interventions may not have saved a life.
Sue Killen, CEO at St John Ambulance, said: ‘Nothing is more important to us than young people learning the skills to save a life. We urge everyone to go to www.everychildalifesaver.org/action so MPs see that this campaign has backing in every community. Without your support, we can't make this happen; but with your support, we could achieve something brilliant: Every Child a Lifesaver.’
Research conducted by the campaign has shown widespread support for first aid in schools:
• 85% of adults agree that first aid should be a compulsory part of the national curriculum
• 84% of secondary school teachers agree that first aid should be taught on the school curriculum
• 95% of parents agree that first aid should be taught at secondary school
• 97% of 11-16 year olds agree they should be taught first aid, saying it should definitely or probably be taught at secondary school.
However 57% of teachers say they believe it would take first aid training to be a requirement in order for more schools to take it seriously as only 24% of schools currently teach it.