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					Can A Teacher In The Uk Check My Childs Hair For Head Lice By Law?
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Yes they can. It’s a matter of public heath. Any public heath problem is more importan than individual rights; so you can be “forced” by law to accept the inspection. If you refuse then you can be reported and your kid wont be allowed into school to prevent him from passing the lice to other kids. He can also be forced (and the whole family) to get treatment to get rid of the lice problem. And yes “forced” means “forced” by any means.

22 Responses to “Can A Teacher In The Uk Check My Childs Hair For Head Lice By Law?”

Artman Says:
October 14th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

I think that the general perception of a teacher is that he or she is in loco parentis while the child is at school and therefore has a general duty to observe anything which has a bearing on the child’s health and welfare. If a child is suffering from a contagious condition (such as infestation by head lice), then the teacher has a duty towards that child and the other children in the school to make sure that the matter is dealt with at the earliest opportunity. Searching for head lice is not assault, but a measure taken to prevent the spread of a possible contagious condition. It is, as other answerers have said, usually the job of a peripatetic nurse known as the “nit nurse” to carry out such inspections, but if a teacher spots the presence of head lice on one pupil, it is only reasonable to take swift action to check up on the others. Like - Dislike

Doethine Says:
October 14th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Because of child protection laws a teacher cannot physically examine a child’s hair for headlice by touching the hair, but if they can see lice crawling on the hair they would inform the parents. They don’t even have school nurses checking for headlice any more. Usually the school will say in a newsletter if there are cases of headlice in the school (either because they have noticed children scratching their heads a lot or if a parent has informed the school) and then it is up to the parents to check their own child. Like - Dislike

dinner nanny Says:
October 15th, 2009 at 1:49 am

There used to be regular health inspections for head lice, athletes foot, warts, impetigo and verrucae. with health improvements and cost cutting these visits by the “Nit Nurse” or “Nittie Nora” no longer occur. Schools rely on parents to look after their children’s health and inform the school of potentially transferable infections or infestations. Unfortunately these may not be noticed at home or, worse still, some parents may try to hide problems like this because they feel it is a private matter. If the whole school is not treated at the same time, there is no possibility of resolving the particular problem. Parents should be supporting the school, which is trying it’s best to ensure the health of everyone. Like - Dislike

October 15th, 2009 at 2:58 am

If there was reason to, then yes they could, as they have to let the parent of the child know if they have seen something in the hair of the child, and also send letters out to all other parents telling them to check their childrens hairs too just incase, as it could turn into an epidemic of headlice if they aren’t treated. EDIT: In my primary school though (in the UK) the school nurse used to do them kind of things, not sure how it works now. Like - Dislike

Cailz Says:
October 15th, 2009 at 4:36 am

They can look but not touch. I wish they could. They should have the right to examine every child and if lice are found, treat the child there and then. I am sick of the nit letters coming home and forever having to go through my child’s hair when I know which is the nitty child – but the parent’s do nothing about it! When she went to the local Junior school, she was getting nits all the time. I moved her to another school 100 yards away and we didn’t have a nit problem for two years. Now in secondary school, we are again having to check all the time. It is unfair on the parents who do take this problem seriously – and unfair on the nitty kid to be itchy all the time and if they are really infested it can lead to other more serious problems Like - Dislike

stanthem Says:
October 15th, 2009 at 7:57 am

Trust me – the teacher doesn’t like that “Lousy” part of her job either. When you notice a child scratching the scalp constantly, it would be irresponsible to ignore it. As for the teacher not having the right to touch your child – are they supposed to call the

paramedics or insist you come to school yourself to examine every little school yard scratch? Like - Dislike

Chris I Says:
October 15th, 2009 at 11:38 am

Although it seems unusual!I personally have no objection to having to having teachers inspecting children’s hair for head lice!But to be honest this was always carried out by the school nurse!On the others side of the coin,I have known teachers suffering with head lice caused by children bringing it in the classroom!In answer to the question!Yes!They can,if they perceive to be a health problem! Like - Dislike

robert c Says:
October 15th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

I have no idea. You could make a fuss but what would you stand to gain by it? Lots of kids get head lice, it’s just part of life. It would be irresponsible to ignore it though, as it is not nice for the child, and they can pass them to others. I don’t see why you would want to do otherwise? Like - Dislike

Happy Penguin Says:
October 15th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Head lice don’t respect the law. Would you rather the teacher ignored these things and the kids heads were crawling? Get over it, she is doing you a favour. At least you know that the school is concerned about your child’s health. Like - Dislike

Auld Git Says:
October 15th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

I don’t think they can, not without your permission. But they can refer the child to the school nurse, who is able to do so. I’m not sure about the teacher bit, but to be honest they should be able to. Like - Dislike

Kit Fang Says:
October 16th, 2009 at 12:04 am

A school teacher would not be allowed to look in your child’s hair for head lice but a nurse who visits the school or the school nurse will be allowed to. You can see head lice on hair without touching the child’s hair though. Like - Dislike

lost27 Says:
October 16th, 2009 at 12:39 am

Yes Certainly . Your pride might be hurt but think what would be the result if the teacher did not check this. Would you like the others in the class to be infested too. Like - Dislike

Oswald W Says:
October 16th, 2009 at 5:01 am

Yes. They have a duty to make sure other kids aren’t exposed to something that could turn into an epidemic. Like - Dislike

Billy Rebel Says:
October 16th, 2009 at 9:02 am

I would hope so as many parents seem to not bother nowadays then blame whoever else they can. Like - Dislike

pirate_p Says:
October 16th, 2009 at 10:42 am

They usually send the child to the nurse in the US. Like - Dislike

Gypsy Girl Says:
October 16th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

another part of the “claiming” generation wise up!!! Why wouldnt you allow them to? Like - Dislike


Glentora Says:
October 16th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

They can in most U.S. Schools, and it’s a good thing. Otherwise these little critters would spread like wildfire. Like - Dislike

Ken R Says:
October 16th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

I hope so. It sounds very reasonable to me. Like - Dislike

Buddha Says:
October 17th, 2009 at 3:31 am

Yes providing its carried out by a trained Nurse (School Nurse) Like - Dislike

Rockstea Says:
October 17th, 2009 at 6:24 am

I certainly hope so. Like - Dislike

Teekno Says:
October 17th, 2009 at 10:59 am

If you object then I don’t think they can – but why object? Like - Dislike

Nick P Says:
October 17th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Im pretty sure they shouldnt be touching children

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