The Cumbria Policy is as follows; "As a general rule, the Authority will not accept responsibility for damage to or loss of personal property, including clothing, and it is stressed that the responsibility of safeguarding personal property rests with the owner."
Personal Accident Insurance is not provided by the County Council and their statement is as follows; "Some parents wrongly assume that if a child is injured at school, the County Council is held to be responsible regardless of the circumstances and that its insurance will automatically apply. This is not so - the County Council's responsibility is strictly limited to cases where there was negligence by them or their staff. Accidents can happen in school, on the sports field or during school visits when the County Council or its staff, are not in any way at fault and are, therefore, not responsible."
The provision of personal accident insurance is considered to be the responsibility of parents. Parents who are interested in this form of insurance should contact their local insurance broker.