Ill or Injured

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TDA 2.2 (2.2): Describe the actions to take when children or young people are ill or injured. In any environment where children are being supervised it is likely that there will be incidents or injuries at some time. It may be that you are the first person on the scene in the case of an accident or emergency and you may need to take action. If you are the only adult in the vicinity, you must be sure you follow the correct procedures until help arrives. It is vital that help is sent for immediately. This should always be the school’s qualified first aider. Every school should have at least one qualified first aider on site at all times, and you should know their name and how to contact them in the event of an emergency. You will also need to support and reassure not only the casualty but also any other children who may be present. Children quickly become distressed, and depending on what they have witnessed, may be in shock themselves. Be sure that you and any other people at the scene are not put at any unnecessary risk. Each school will have a system in place for summoning urgent medical assistance to the classroom or playground. Dealing with minor injuries It is inevitable that all children at one time or another will suffer minor cuts, bruises and abrasions. These can be dealt with within the school campus and do not require a child to be sent home. These can be cleaned up and washed with water, but no lotions or creams should ever be applied. You need to ask the child if they have an allergy to plasters before applying to a cut, if they are unsure of an allergy you could ask if their parent applies plasters in case of receiving a cut, if they have said a parent does apply plasters, then you can be sure they do not have a known allergy. Reporting and recording illness or injury If a child has been feeling ill during the school day, the actions you would

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