Nanny has plumbed new depths of stupidity by temporarily banning a seven year old blind schoolgirl from using her white cane in school due to health and safety concerns.
Lily-Grace Hooper was told she could not use her cane at Hambrook Primary School in Winterbourne Down near Bristol.
Lily-Grace has been using the lightweight cane in school since April without issue. However, thanks to a risk assessment (pass the sick bag someone) carried out by the school the cane is now regarded as a risk to others, lest they trip up over it.
The school's "solution" is for Lily-Grace to be guided everywhere she walks by adults, and for her to walk "carefully over all surfaces".
How the fuck does that help her learn to be independent?
The school insist that the measure is temporary.
Head teacher Jo Dent is quoted by the BBC:
"The pupil has not been banned from bringing in their cane, we have simply asked them to not use it around school as a temporary measure until we have the chance to meet with the parent and discuss the situation.Okay two things here:
It was initially hoped we would have this resolved within a day or two.
The school's mobility officer raised health and safety issues around the new cane following a recent risk assessment.
We have to consider all of our pupils, so it is important that we have an opportunity to discuss the situation before we make any decisions.
We are very keen to resolve this issue as soon as possible and have been actively seeking to engage with the parent to bring this to an agreeable conclusion."
1 What the fuck is a "mobility officer", and why does a school need one?
2 How does meeting with the parents change the situation wrt Lily-Grace being allowed to use the cane? Either the risk assessment is bollocks or it isn't, a discussion cannot change the validity or otherwise of a risk assessment.....or can it? In other words, the school regards the risk assessment as bollocks and needs a means to bin it.
Nanny and her risk assessments need to be binned!
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