Do I need to be trained in First Aid?

No, it is not a requirement that all members are trained in First Aid, but you should have someone responsible for administering first aid at each regular group night. When budgetting for your group or district, we recommend planning to invest in first aid training for some of your leaders, especially if you are planning a camp. 

When writing your risk assesment for each activity you run, consider the potential risks and provide appropriate cover for those circumstances. For example, if you are meeting in a city, where ambluance response times are 5 minutes and under, there will be less demand for extensive first aid knowledge than if you were going on a trek in a rural upland area. 

Red Cross and St John’s Ambulance often provide local first aid courses for free. For more information about their training courses please visit the following links:

www.redcrossfirstaidtraining.co.uk/Courses
www.sja.org.uk/sja/training-courses/courses-for-the-workplace/first-aid-courses.aspx

 

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