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£33,000 paid out for injuries in Doncaster’s schools

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Newly released figures have found that almost £33,000 has been paid-out in compensation to children that have injured themselves in Doncaster’s schools. This figure represents the compensation paid out by the authority in the last five years, with the highest payout standing at £7,000. Only nine claimants were awarded compensation out of the 76 personal injury claims made against Doncaster Council. The Employment Law Advisory Service suggests that more money should be invested in staff training to decrease this figure.

The ELAS, a firm specialising in business support services, said that this high figure is due to “basic health and safety failings”, which is unnecessarily costing the taxpayer more than £2.5million per decade. The figures also found that 11 out of 15 of Yorkshire’s education authorities recorded a total of 171 successful personal injury claims since 2008  – a figure higher than across the whole of Greater London.

“training required to identify potential risks”

Jo Moxon, Doncaster’s assistant director of education, said: “Unfortunately accidents do happen, but I would like to emphasise our commitment as an authority to keeping children and young people safe, both in and out of school.

ELAS’ lead health and safety consultant Wayne Dunning said that the figures and nature of the individual accidents suggested there to be gaps in the training of school staff. He argued that they need “the necessary training required to identify potential risks and hazards that may prevent an accident from happening in the first place.

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