A story published online this morning (17 November 2015) by The Post in Bristol suggests a blind schoolgirl has been ‘banned’ from bringing her walking cane to school because of ‘health and safety’ reasons.
The story alleges that the mother of Lily-Grace Hooper was told the seven-year-old can no longer use the cane because it could trip up teachers and other pupils at the school (Hambrook Primary School).
The Post plans to include HSE’s response in full. For the record, here it is:
Geoff Cox, who heads the Health and Safety Executive public sector team, said: “There is nothing in health and safety regulations that would ban a child using a walking stick in school – or anywhere else for that matter. In cases like these people need to sit down and work out sensible and proportionate arrangements that will work in practice. I hope common sense prevails here.”