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Every Child a Lifesaver - let's get first aid in schools

We are committed to creating a generation of lifesavers. Along with The British Heart Foundation and the British Red Cross, we want to make sure that every child has the opportunity to learn simple first aid skills before they leave school.

We have been proud supporters of Teresa Pearce MP’s Emergency First Aid Education Bill, which was designed so that first aid would be taught in every state-funded secondary school. It would give young people the skills and confidence to deal with a range of medical emergencies and how to seek help and support when needed.

Sadly, on 20 November 2015, even with the support of 40 MPs, the Bill was unable to pass through to the next stage of parliament and the Government opposed making it mandatory for every pupil.

Although we didn’t achieve the outcome we wanted this time, we will continue to campaign on this important issue and we want to thank the 14,000 people who joined the campaign by writing to their local MP.

If you would like more information on our future campaigns, please register your interest with Richard Fernandez, Head of Public Affairs.




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The Big First Aid Lesson

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Read our manifesto

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