LONDON – These days swings and slides are massively being removed from Britain’s school playgrounds, because of the high rise in compensation claims when children suffer minor injuries while playing.
Claims went so far that now schools face lawsuits even when children break school rules and clim trees or walls.
Some law firms are even encouraging parents to sue and have set up telephone hot lines.
On the other hand, schools are often advised to settle out of court, just to save on legal costs. More than £4million was also paid out to staff last year.
“There is no doubt that the compensation culture has got completely out of hand. People need to accept that sometimes accidents do happen and no one is to blame”, said Jonathan Isaby, political director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance.
To win compensation an injured child has to prove there has been a breach of the duty of care owed to them by the school.
If the child has suffered as a result of negligence they can claim compensation for their suffering and funding for any medical treatment.
“Schools become so risk-conscious they no longer present children with challenges and they are wrapped up in cotton wool”, said Chris McGovern, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education.
The National Union of Teachers defended its members saying many claims result from premises or equipment which have “not been sufficiently well maintained”.