Comments from the Care Inspectorate about Paediatric First Aid
Care Inspectorate Chief Inspector says “the Care Inspectorate requires (care) staff to have the skills and knowledge to undertake their role…. as discussed on occasions there is not requirement in Scotland for any particular training”.
Therefore the Care Inspectorate does not require any Childcare and Early Years providers to have any Paediatric First Aid training.
“The latest data we have from the Care Inspectorate shows that 98% of daycare of children services had someone with a current, accredited, paediatric or first aid for children certificate available at all times when service users are receiving care. This is provided to us by the Care Inspectorate’s annual return data.”
However when asked, Inspectors from the Care Inspectorate reported that their Intelligence & Analysis Managers have always said the following about figures from their annual returns, “ The Care Inspectorate does not validate the information supplied by providers, so we cannot guarantee its accuracy.”
So no one really knows how many providers of daycare actually have any form of Paediatric First Aid qualification in Scotland. The Ministers statement mentions first aid which is:
- A current certification – but there is no guidance to say what ‘current’ means, is it within the last 3 years?
- An accredited certification – but there is no guidance to say what ‘accredited’ means? Accredited by whom?
- A Paediatric First Aid certification – but there is no guidance as to the length or content of any training, so staff could have attended a 1 hour course and gained a certificate with no content specified!
- A First aid for children certificate – but again there is no guidance as to the length or content of any training.
The reality of the ‘annual return’ system is that a Centre Manager fills in the form and as there is no guidance for the questions about first aid, they simply tick that staff on site have some form of first aid training. It is impossible to say how many staff have any form or Paediatric First Aid training, how long the course was, and what was its content.
This is why we have launched out petition – “Keep Children in Scotland Safe”, which asked the Minister to make having a member of staff on duty with some Paediatric First Aid training mandatory when children are present.