Poll finds that most parents lack first aid training

A new poll has found that seven out of ten parents lack basic first aid training and skills which would help them to save their child’s life in an emergency situation.

The survey, carried out by OnePoll on behalf of, involved asking a total of 1,000 parents who had at least one child under the age of 10 years old about their first aid knowledge.

The results of the poll were surprising and also quite worrying, as it was revealed that:

  • 80 per cent of parents with children aged between 6 and 9 said they wouldn’t have a clue what to do in a medical emergency
  • 72 per cent would not know how to help a child who had suffered burns or fallen unconscious, and this percentage would also not know how to administer CPR
  • Only 28 per cent said that they had completed some form of certified first aid training

Commenting on the findings of the survey was Clive James, the training and development manager for St John Ambulance. In an email statement, he said:

“It’s disturbing to hear that almost three-quarters of parents wouldn’t know how to help their child in an emergency situation. The swift application of first aid can be the difference between life and death, so it’s incredibly important for parents to equip themselves with some basic first aid knowledge, so that they can act in an emergency.”