These Guidelines aim to provide best practice guidance alongside associated support documents to reduce the risk of anaphylaxis in CEC/schools while supporting children/students to participate in the full range of CEC/school life.
The Allergy Aware website has information specific for each of the following areas:
As a parent it can be very stressful when your child at risk of anaphylaxis commences CEC or school. In the parents and carers section of the Allergy Aware website, you will find resources to help you safely manage your child's journey through CEC and school.
These slides have been developed by ASCIA and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia to assist schools in educating their students about severe allergies (anaphylaxis). These slides should not be considered appropriate anaphylaxis training for school staff. School staff should contact the relevant department in their region to ensure they complete anaphylaxis training that meets the requirements for their region.
Approaching the management of anaphylaxis in schools/childcare
Insights from A&AA’s CEO
Life has many dangers. We are taught how to live safely and be responsible beings. People at risk of anaphylaxis have an added ‘danger’. As a parent of a child (now an adult) at risk of anaphylaxis, I know just how much I want my son to NEVER have another anaphylaxis. We speak of milk or nuts or sesame as being like rat poison. Our fear motivates us to do what we can to keep individuals with potentially life-threatening allergies safe. Our knowledge, which increases with time, experience, and research, motivates us to teach individuals how to manage all aspects of this condition in everyday life.
A useful companion to ‘Preparing for Camp with Food Allergies’ is the Camp Allergy Management Checklist.
This checklist helps both camp staff and groups attending camps (usually schools) prepare for a safer camp for people at risk of anaphylaxis. The list is meant as a guide and does not include all safety measures.
Support dogs in schools and the risk to students with allergy
Support, therapy, or wellbeing dogs have become popular in many areas including work, school and aged care environments.
Support dogs are said to provide companionship and emotional and wellbeing support. Support dogs are not the same as assistance dogs that are accredited and specially trained to assist an individual person with a disability such as visual impairment. These dogs are specifically trained to assist a person with a disability to aid in quality of life and/or independence. These dogs are allowed by law to be in public spaces with their owner.
However, students can be allergic to dogs and their needs must also be considered. This article covers facts about dog allergy and how to introduce a support dog to a school.