Model policy for allergy management in schools

A fifth of fatal anaphylaxis reactions that take place in schools are in children with no prior history of food and allergy.

Allergy organisations have launched new guidelines to help schools safeguard pupils who have severe allergies.

The Anaphylaxis Campaign, Allergy UK and the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology have published a model policy for allergy management at school.

An analysis of national data published last year shows that at least 66 school-aged children are known to have died as a result of food anaphylaxis between 1998 and 2018.

The charities also warn that hospital admissions due to food anaphylaxis in children have increased by 339 per cent between 1998 and 2018.

The guidelines complement the existing government statutory guidance and offer specific detail on supporting children with allergy.

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