The government has announced that it is reviewing the curriculum for the subjects of personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) and religious and sexual education (RSE), and now St John’s Ambulance is among the organisations calling for first aid skills to be included in the PSHE curriculum.
Writing for the Huffington Post, Susan Bugby, development officer at St John’s Ambulance, explained that the organisation wants to see each child receive at least one hour of age-appropriate first aid instruction each school year.
She noted that 60 per cent of all children in the UK have no first aid training at all, while adults fare little better.
Research conducted by the British Red Cross recently found that only three in ten adults would have the “knowledge and confidence to help someone who had collapsed and was unresponsive and not breathing”.
By giving children first aid instruction from an early age, it is much more likely to stick, Ms Bugby argued. She also noted that learning first aid skills has positive benefits for the youngsters beyond being able to help others, in that it helps them grow in confidence and boosts their self esteem.
“They develop resilience and the ability to lead, make decisions and cope with adversity – skills they carry with them through life,” Ms Bugby asserted.
The Daily Star recently pointed to a segment on This Morning, where the show featured Jack, a child who saved his father from choking after watching a video online on how to save someone from choking.
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