Dear Department for Education,
Under the freedom of information act i require the information Held by the department in relation to School Children being tested for a Corona Virus, Specifically Who is the Liable Party for any Damage Caused to the Child whilst being Swabbed.
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Dear Michael John,
Thank you for your email which was received on 05/02/2021
You asked the following.
“Under the freedom of information act i require the information Held by
the department in relation to School Children being tested for a Corona
Virus, Specifically Who is the Liable Party for any Damage Caused to the
Child whilst being Swabbed.”
We have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000. Information relating to your request is set out below.
Schools and colleges are covered by insurance schemes. For those
institutions who are members of the Risk Protection Arrangement (RPA)
Scheme, the RPA will indemnify members if a claim is brought by a third
party (including pupils) or employees. It will cover death, injury, or
damage to third-party property, due to the school or colleges undertaking
the asymptomatic tests. All other schools and colleges which are not
members of the RPA, will have individual commercial insurance providers
who can provide definitive clarification on cover.
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Department, you may then contact the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2021-0010913. If
you need to respond to us, please visit:
www.education.gov.uk/contactus, and quote your reference number.
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