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British Red Cross offers parents free first aid skills at the click of a mouse

Press release
For immediate release Monday 18 May
For further information Henry Makiwa
Contact number 02078777479 or Out of office hours pager: 07659 145095

Parents of babies and young children can now learn life-saving first aid skills in the comfort of their own homes, thanks to a unique online learning resource from the British Red Cross. Accessible by logging on to the Children First Aid website (, the new tool covers a number of different topics and offers a range of different materials including videos, quizzes, animations, audio and downloadable resources.

Joe Mulligan, head of first aid services at the British Red Cross, said: “This great new resource demonstrates just how easy it is to pick up first aid skills. It’ll enable busy parents to learn in their own homes, at their own pace.”

This unique  resource is the first of its kind to offer free information in a variety of new media formats,  specifically aimed at parents. The skills it demonstrates are vital for anybody who is caring for babies or young children. Worrying statistics from recent surveys show that one in three people would not know what to do if a toddler was choking . In addition, more than a million children each year in the UK are involved in an accident at home .

““We understand that most parents of young children, while they know it is important to learn first aid skills, often just don’t have time to go on a course.  By simply logging on to the Children first aid website, parents and child carers can now easily learn a range of basic first aid skills that could one day save their child’s life,” Joe continued.

Mother of twins, Rachael Horrocks of Cheshire who has used the service, found it instantly useful.

She said, "The day after using the Red Cross tool, one of my twins had a high temperature and I felt confident I knew how to cope with it! It is very simple, quick to find what you want and offers a varied way of learning."

Sarah Flatman from Worksop thought that the site was "very easy to use and you can keep going back if you are not sure about something."

"I think the information  is presented in such a way that it is all very easy to pick up and you feel that you can use it," Sarah explained.


To learn basic first aid skills that could save your child or baby’s life please visit

The British Red Cross  also offers training courses for members of the public. For more information  call 0844 871 8000 or visit

Notes to editors

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.

We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.