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This report was compiled in response to the issue of staff in my setting not being aware of children with allergies nor the procedures in place to deal with an allergic reaction.

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Introduction

´╗┐Student: 1204327 Programme & module code: FYP4002 Page of RJ2 Investigative Report This report was compiled in response to the issue of staff in my setting not being aware of children with allergies nor the procedures in place to deal with an allergic reaction. On 18th July 2012 a member of staff was asked to cover a lunchtime duty in the dinner hall. After lunchtime they found out that under their care was a child (Child X) with a food allergy. If they had known about this then they would have been prepared had an incident f one occurred. However, they were not informed of this until they were asked if Child X had been ok during the lunch period. ...read more.

Middle

The Beeston Hill St Luke?s School health and safety policy, (2004) states, that staff should be made aware of children with special medical needs and their action plans. Unfortunately this was not put into practice and was overlooked. Government guidelines affirm that the school has a responsibility to ensure that staff receive the necessary training and support to deal with such instances as published in the Managing Medicines in School and Early Years document (2005) Not following the policy and guidelines could have had severe consequences such as the case of seven year old Amarria Johnson who died after eating a peanut given to her by a friend who was unaware of her allergy to nuts, Chesterfield County police department (2012) ...read more.

Conclusion

I also recommended that awareness is raised to other pupils, by delivering a lesson on children with allergies and, more specifically display posters of the children with allergies around the school with details of their allergy and a contact person if a child starts having an allergic reaction. There should be specific details held within an appendix attached to the school?s Health and Safety Policy to alert new members of staff to these children and their medical needs. Since the changes have been implemented and training delivered, the staff are better equipped to deal with an incident involving an allergic reaction. This has improved the safety and wellbeing of the children at the school and has ensured that the health and safety policy (2007) is being adopted by all staff. ...read more.

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