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Safeguarding children at school

Being a teacher is tough enough but looking after the health of those in your care adds yet another burden to the administrative work within each and every school. In the UK many schools now have a Safeguarding Officer who needs to ensure all the right procedures are in place to ensure that your child enjoys their school life in a safe environment.


The Department of Education ("DoE") in the UK issued their guidance on this in April 2014. This is quite a wide ranging document but covers such areas as

  • - developing healthcare plans
  • - who is responsible for preparing and maintaining a child's medical information
  • - meeting the requirements of OFSTED with particular emphasis on disabled children
  • - the child's role in managing their own medical needs


Developing healthcare plans can be a time consuming process. The fact that Tap2Tag has the ability to upload such documents into a medical profile means that this plan can be carried with the child wherever they go. The DoE guidance also refers to the fact that such plans should be easily accessible. Much of the time such plans are kept with the administrative office of the school within the children's file. Sometimes a teacher or other first responder will not know whether a plan exists or not without reference to that file. By wearing a Tap2Tag wristband this will be come clear as soon as a phone scans the child's wristband, saving vital time in an emergency.


School trips also present a whole new range of issues for teachers and parents. Any child going on a trip will need a parental consent including a medical information sheet. Interestingly the guidance issued by the DoE (including a proforma consent form) includes just three lines for medical information! No doubt individual schools have enhanced forms in place for those children identified with more complex conditions. But the issue is very real. If a child falls ill outside of the school environment the teachers need to refer to something that enables then to act appropriately for that child. If the child does have a care plan did they bring it with them on the trip and, if so, is it still in the mini bus? Again the use of a Tap2Tag wristband will enhance the safety of that child.


Setting up these procedures is a lengthy process but we think that Tap2Tag can help. In early June 2016 we reached out to over 15,000 schools within the UK. We wanted to tell schools about the benefits of using Tap2Tag within this framework. The initial feedback has been extremely positive. One of the constant pieces of feedback is that schools find it incredibly difficult ensuring that they have the up-to-date information on a child's medication and conditions. In some cases this information is only updated once a year. The concept of allowing parents to directly update a child's medication and other medical needs via Tap2Tag seems to make a lot of sense. It puts more responsibility on the parents of the children in the school.

So we have made each and every school an offer. We will be sharing a unique sales code with any school that wishes to participate. This will allows parents to buy a Tap2Tag wristband direct from us and we will give them a 10% discount. In addition, every time that code is used, we will donate £1 to the school's fund. The code can be shared with other family members who will also receive the discount but the school will continue to benefit.

If you represent a school or sit on a Parents Teachers Association and want to find out more simply email We would love to hear from you.

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