You may remember our post, ‘Children Can Be Heroes Too – Children Learning First Aid’ back in September last year.
In it, we addressed the fact that in 2015 the Emergency First Aid Education Bill was unable to pass through the difficult stages of parliamentary meaning that our children had to wait to don their capes until the government said so.
Well – young people around the UK can start digging around in that fancy dress costume box now. Last week (July 2018) it was decided that first aid would become a compulsory part of health education in schools in England from 2020.
What a triumph! This historic move has the power and potential to save thousands of lives. The route is being paved for our children to become the first of many generations of life savers.
We know how valuable education is and we at STS truly believe that knowledge is power. However, as first aid trainers ourselves, we also understand that first aid isn’t JUST about knowledge.
You can teach people information but it’s what people choose to do with that information that counts.
It’s all well and good teaching secondary school children how to do CPR and primary school children how to treat a burn, but if they don’t have the confidence or feeling of wanting to help, there’s really no point in teaching them any first aid skills.
First aid is all about that courage to get involved and the willingness to make a difference. Quite often, it is this that people find difficult and not actually the act of first aid itself.
We want this compulsory education to empower the younger generation – not scare them. We want them to feel brave and uplifted after having this lifesaving training delivery, to know that they are not alone when they choose to help someone in front of them who needs assistance or is in distress.
Let’s start this boosting of confidence now so that when 2020 comes around, our children will already KNOW that they want to make a difference and are brave enough to do so.
Let’s encourage them to ask for help when they need it (in any situation, not just first aid) and fill them with awareness that this shows strength and not weakness.
When it’s you this little hero ends up rescuing because you helped to instil that confidence, you’ll be grateful for the cape that’s keeping you warm whilst you wait for the ambulance.