Welcome to The KIDS Initiative
The Kids Initiative
Everyone agrees that first aid is an important skill to have, yet often with the whirlwind that is Dubai, work and family it’s often put to the bottom of our to-do list. The Kids Initiative want to rectify this…
The Kids Initiative is a not for profit campaign that provides FREE first aid and family safeguarding workshops across Dubai. Having held over 200 workshops, the Kids Initiative are fast becoming the go to people for first aid training and information on local laws and regulations that could affect expats living here in Dubai.
Currently by law in the UAE, schools are only legally required to provide 1 first aid trained person per 1000 children, we believe that this is not enough. The Kids Initiative are working alongside DCAS (Dubai Corporation of Ambulance Services) to change this statistic. Another thing The Kids Initiative want to implement in the UAE is a version of the Good Samaritan law. Currently if you preform first aid on someone you don’t know, there is no legislation to protect you, making the outcome unpredictable even if you save the individuals life. We understand that the UAE is a very culturally diverse country but if we can just get clearer guidelines this would make a HUGE difference.
A Kids Initiative workshop is made up of 2 main areas. The first section being first aid taught by British trained pediatric nurse Rebecca Smith from an organisation called Safe Hands. Rebecca teaches the core lifesaving skills including CPR, choking and the recovery position.
The second area taught in a Kids Initiative workshop is family Safeguarding. This section of the workshop is taught by a representative of the financial services Company Finsbury Associates. Finsbury Associates fund the initiative as part of their corporate social responsibility and believe every expat should have provisions in place to protect their families overseas. Finsbury Associates expel the myths and provide the facts in 3 key areas, guardianship, wills and insurance. Guardianship documentation is offered free of charge as we believe that every family should have this in place without cost
A Kids Initiative workshop is a valuable tool that every parent and child care professional should have under their belt.