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Assistance dogs and support dogs in Education

Discussion in 'Further Education' started by sarahabolland, May 4, 2020.

  1. sarahabolland

    sarahabolland New commenter

    Dear all,

    Over the past year in my safeguarding role within a FE college, I have witnessed a rise in requests to bring in their privately owned and self-trained dogs by students with diagnosed mental health conditions.

    Has this been something any of you have encountered?
    Do you have a dog's policy you can share?
    How do you assess the dog for safety and how do you ensure its welfare is looked after on-site?
    Do you have any contacts that can advise?

    We believe genuinely in the benefit of dogs for wellbeing so we are looking to provide canine therapy on site by staff-owned assessed and trained support dogs however more and more students request to bring their own dog with them and we need some guidance to get the right process in place asap.

    Best wishes

  2. historyexcel

    historyexcel New commenter

  3. blissfulbabe

    blissfulbabe New commenter

    The policy in my college is that the dog must be trained and accredited as an emotional support dog and have the appropriate insurance in place - the catch is that is no training and accreditation available in the UK and no public liability insurance for emotional support animals.

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