Purpose of this policy
To ensure students who need assistance being transferred and positioned can attend school.
Schools must develop a Student Health Support Plan for students who require assistance being transferred and positioned.
Requirement for assistance
Students may need short or long term assistance:
- to be transferred, for example, from chair to toilet or from chair to vehicle
- to be positioned for comfort, safety and curriculum access.
The level of assistance varies according to student’s individual needs. Students may require:
- short-term (ie: while in plaster) or long-term support
- supervision for safety (ie: ensuring they remain upright in chairs)
- some assistance with transfers and positioning
- full assistance for transfers and positioning
- the support of two or more staff due to:
- the student’s size and weight
- the movement required.
- request the student’s medical specialist, such as a physiotherapist, completes a Personal Care Medical Advice Form – transfer and positioning that makes clear recommendations outlining:
- situations where assistance is required
- the level of assistance required
- type of transfer or positioning
- recommended equipment to assist with transfers and positioning
- recommended training for staff who are involved in assisting with transfers/positioning
- develop a Health Support Planning Form see:
Personal Care Medical Advice Form – transfer and positioning (doc - 126kb)
Equipment to alleviate problems associated with manual handling, such as transferring and positioning students, should be:
- regularly checked
- maintained in good working order.
- used by staff who are trained and competent to use it properly
- immediately reported by staff who have concerns with the equipment safety.