Children Could Help Save Lives

Flat Stan First Aid™ Workshops provide children with the invaluable skill of saving people’s lives. Flat Stan First Aid™ have launched a first aid training programme which teaches children basic first aid using a simplistic, interactive approach, which is less daunting for children than conventional first aid methods.

The fun and enriching workshops are delivered by qualified first aid trainers, using specially developed Flat Stan manikins and books. These workshops are delivered nationally, providing children with essential life skills at schools and after school clubs, sports clubs, community groups and parties. Young children are capable of helping someone in an emergency situation if they are given the opportunity to learn how. 

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Public affairs advisor for the British Red Cross said: “Only 7 per cent of the UK population has the skills and confidence to carry-out basic first aid in an emergency. We believe that building first aid into basic education from an early age can play a vital role in turning this situation around”. Despite this, first aid training is not in the school curriculum, and although both the Red Cross and St Johns provide material accessible to schools, it is the responsibility of teachers to communicate the information, who may not be similar with first aid training themselves. The Flat Stan workshops can be incorporated into key stages 1-3 of the school curriculum, making it an attractive after school club when taught by professional first aid trainers. 

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Flat Stan workshops teach children essential life skills, using techniques that make it easy for children to absorb and remember, so that they can put it into practise, should an emergency situation ever arise. The course includes:

• What first aid is and who can deliver it • When and how to get help (calling 999) • How to check if someone is responsive and what to do if they are not breathing • The choking casualty  • How to deal with a bleeding casualty or someone that has suffered a burn. 

The number of trainers providing Flat Stan workshops is growing daily, and has already received media attention, but we need the number of young people learning first aid to continue to increase to ensure that lives are saved in the future.