Teachers told not to apply sun cream
Friday 14 August 1998
But the Local Government Association (LGA) insists that even if parents ask primary school teachers to apply protective lotions, they should refuse. Ivor Widdison, an education expert at the LGA, said rubbing cream on children's faces, arms and legs would leave them open to false accusations which could threaten their career.
"Teachers are very vulnerable to accusations of physical and/or sexual abuse," he said.
But cancer experts have urged a rethink, saying research showed that children who suffer severe sunburn are twice as likely to develop skin cancer in later life.
Although LGA recommendations do not apply to children who are physically incapable of applying sun cream themselves, experts say a pupil's slap- dash approach could leave them at risk.
Kate Law, of the Cancer Research Campaign, said: "A lot of youngsters are going to do a haphazard, dabbing job. It is a great shame that children can't be helped."
Children under 15 are particularly at risk, she said.
Teaching unions welcomed the LGA advice, saying applying cream would cut in to lesson time and should not be the responsibility of their members. A NASUWT spokeswoman said the union already advised teachers not to put sun cream on pupils.
- 1 Astrological signs are almost all wrong, as movement of moon and sun throws out zodiac
- 2 Dad eats daughter's weed brownies, thinks he's had a stroke
- 3 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 4 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
- 5 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
Germanwings captain Patrick Sondenheimer tried to break into locked cockpit door 'with an axe' as plane was descending
Amanda Knox murder conviction: Italian court overturns verdict for US student and Raffaele Sollecito in the killing of Meredith Kercher
Saudi Arabia says it won't rule out building nuclear weapons
The battle for the Middle East's future begins in Yemen as Saudi Arabia jumps into the abyss
Jeremy Clarkson 'could be given minder' ahead of a potential Top Gear return
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Germanwings plane crash: Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz wanted to 'do something people would remember him for'
£12000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A opportunity has arisen for a ...
£32000 - £38000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A successful accountancy practice in...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Uncapped commission: SThree: Does earning a 6 figu...
£18000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...