All UK schools should have a comprehensive sun safety policy to ensure children are protected from skin cancer, the charity Skin Cancer UK has claimed.

The charity has urged for urgent action, following the publication of a report by MPs on the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Skin, which found that almost 40 per cent of pupils had suffered from sunburn while at school.

Richard Clifford, of Skin Cancer UK claimed that despite the pressures put upon teachers, the results of the report were "entirely unacceptable", and called on mandatory rules for schools to be implemented.

He said: "Admittedly teachers cannot be expected to apply sunscreen due to simple time pressures.

"There is also the inevitable question regarding their concerns over child abuse and the strong advice they receive from local authority education departments and trade unions.

"However, there is no reason whatsoever why they should not supervise the application, perhaps with the assistance of the school nurse or indeed parents who attend on a pre-arranged rota system."

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