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Case 123 - Child banned from taking plastic food flask into school for lunch

Issue

The enquirers 7 year old daughter took a small plastic food flask into school with baked beans in for her lunch. She was told by the Headteacher that she was not allowed to take it in again because of Health & Safety

Panel decision

There is no health and safety regulation which would prevent children from taking hot food to school as part of their packed lunch. It is clearly a matter of school policy with some schools allowing hot food and others not. The Headteacher should be challenged to explain the real reasons for the decision rather than giving the easy - and incorrect - health and safety answer.

2013-02-14