P-05-1105 Make Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Compulsory in Schools



P-05-1105 Make Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Compulsory in Schools


This petition was submitted by Matthew James Copp having collected a total of 1,170 signatures.


Text of Petition:                     

It was announced last year that CPR would not be part of the national curriculum in Wales. This is different from England and Scotland, where CPR is being made compulsory in schools. While Kirsty Williams has stated that there is nothing stopping schools from teaching CPR, the Welsh Parliment will not enforce this. We are worried that this will lead to some schools not providing access to learn the life saving procedure, leading to an increased death rate from cardiac arrests in Wales.


Additional Information:

Early identification of a cardiac arrest and early CPR have been well documented to improve survival rates following a cardiac arrest. (1) However, public hesitancy has been noted as an issue. (2) The key reason for this was fear of “causing additional injuries with lack of appropriate skills”. Additionally, it was found that the likelihood of someone receiving CPR was influenced by the cardiac arrest victim’s age and gender.

These are issues that cannot be addressed and combatted unless there is adequate training across ALL Welsh schools, and we hope that the Welsh Parliament take appropriate action to support its citizens.


1. Ibrahim W. Recent advances and controversies in adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Postgraduate Medical Journal. 2007;83(984):649-654.

2. Becker T, Gul S, Cohen S, Maciel C, Baron-Lee J, Murphy T et al. Public perception towards bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Emergency Medicine Journal. 2019;36(11):660-665.


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This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 09/02/2021.


The Committee considered the petition for the first time and noted the merit in what was being proposed. The Committee noted that Members of the Senedd are currently able to propose amendments to the Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Bill as part of the legislative scrutiny process. As the Bill will determine the structure and content of the new Curriculum for Wales, including which elements are compulsory, the Committee agreed there is little further action it would be able to take at this time and agreed to close the petition and thank the petitioner.


Full details of the consideration of this petitions by the committee and related documents can be seen on the Meetings tab above.

It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 09/02/2021.



Senedd Constituency and Region

  • Gower
  • South Wales West


Further information



Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 18/01/2021