In the Department for Education guidance document First Aid in Schools, Early Years and Further Education, the statutory need to provide first aid for employees under the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations is set out. It also strongly recommends that non-employees such as pupils, students and visitors are provided for as well.
The ITC Level 3 Award in First Aid for Schools and Colleges (FASch) helps educational establishments meet their need for provision of first aid training for their staff. Unlike First Aid at Work, which does not include paediatric first aid, this qualification covers both adults and children, including resuscitation procedures for children up to 18.
Topics include: role and responsibilities of first aiders in schools and colleges; dealing with unresponsive adult and child casulaties (both breathing and non-breathing); seizures; choking; blood loss; limb, spine, head and chest injuries; burns and scalds; eye, ear and nose issues; poisoning; anaphylaxis; major illness; cold and heat problems and minor injuries.
Typical delivery methods are predominantly practical and the course is assessed by continual observation of learner performance.
Qualification training requires:
- Minimum tutor contact time of 12 hours (excluding breaks).
- 1:12 tutor to candidate ratio.
- Course must be completed within 6 weeks of starting.
- Each delivery session must be a minimum of 2 hours.
- Successful completion will result in candidate gaining ITC Level 3 Award in First Aid for Schools and Colleges with a valid (licence to practice) lifetime of 3 years from date of completion.
- The qualification is re-validated by attending another training course after 3 years.