In feedback from our professional members’ survey, some of you commented that you’d like more information for schools, such as protocols, management plans etc.
Whilst there is no specific legislation regarding the management of allergic conditions in schools in the UK, much information does exist in other countries around the word that could be referred to and adapted to suit the needs of a particular school or Local Authority District/Council/Education and Library Board.
We’ve pulled together some examples of what is available Nationally and Internationally.
The Anaphylaxis Campaign’s Anaphylaxis Guidance for Carers of Pre-School Children attending Early-Years Settings:
Key recommendations on the management of allergic children were produced in 2010 by a task force made up of allergy experts from 12 key European institutions, with input from organisations that included the Anaphylaxis Campaign
In May 2005, the Ontario government passed into law, Bill 3: An Act to Protect Anaphylactic Pupils, which affects all publicly funded schools in Ontario. Named “Sabrina’s Law” in honour of Sabrina Shannon, the law became effective January 1, 2006. This law requires that every school board in Ontario establish and maintain an anaphylaxis policy. It also requires that principals develop individual plans for pupils at risk of anaphylaxis. It was the first legislation in the world to protect children with life threatening allergies.
Download a copy of Sabrina’s Law at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario website.
Canadian School Boards Association (CSBA) – Anaphylaxis: A Handbook for School Boards (September 2001):
Alberta School Boards Association Allergy and Anaphylaxis Policy Advisory
On January 4, 2011, President Barack Obama passed the Food Safety Modernization Act. Within this act as Section 112 is FAAMA – the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act. The Act calls on the federal government to create food allergy management guidelines for schools. Some states had already published guidelines, some school districts had done so, some individual schools had done so. The law gives any school in the U.S. something to look to if they need help managing students with food allergies.. Any federal guidance would be applicable to all 50 states.
Many states in the USA have their own anaphylaxis guidelines. Here is an example:
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE):
National Association of School Nurses Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Tool Kit
Managing Chronic Health Conditions at school (includes a section on anaphylaxis)
Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) Guidelines for Prevention of Food Anaphylactic Reactions in Schools, Preschools and Childcare
This information has been extracted from the websites of the following organisations:
Canada – Anaphylaxis Canada
Ireland – Anaphylaxis Ireland
Australia – Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia
Our thanks go to these fantastic organisations that help to protect all those living with severe allergies and and to educate the wider community.